Switzerland produced the biggest shock of Euro 2020 so far last night, knocking out world champions France on penalties.
Didier Deschamps’ side looked home and hosed in the second half, 3-1 up thanks to a Karim Benzema double and a Paul Pogba screamer.
But the Swiss refused to give up, making it 3-3 in the 90th minute before holding their nerve in the shoot-out.
Frenchman Allan Saint-Maximin was watching from home and while he was clearly gutted about the result, congratulated Newcastle teammate Fabian Schar.
Schar came on after 96th minutes – in the first half of extra time – and helped Switzerland preserve their draw.
He then held his nerve to slot home his penalty with a calm finish after a stuttered run-up.
Schar’s Switzerland will now face Spain in the quarter-finals on Friday night in St Petersburg.
He fired back a quick message to Saint-Maximin amid the celebrations on a famous night for his country.
Switzerland have nothing to fear now
The Swiss will remain underdogs when they face Spain in the next round and their side of the draw contains Italy and Belgium too.
But they’ve just come from 3-1 down to beat the world champions – there’s nothing left for them to fear now.
They’ll be playing without pressure now and are already national heroes for their sensational comeback last night.
Schar might not start in the last eight but he can be relied upon off the bench and if it goes to penalties again, he’ll likely put his hand up once more.
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