Newcastle defender Fabian Schar is into the last eight of the European Championship with Switzerland.
They’ll face Spain tomorrow night for a place in the semi-finals, against either Italy or Belgium.
He was one of the five Swiss players who scored in the shootout on Monday night when they beat France.
Schar has spoken to the club’s official website about the pressure of taking that spot-kick and causing the shock of the tournament so far.
“To be honest, I was quite calm. The worst thing is when you walk from the mid-line to the penalty spot. It takes ages. But I’ve had this a few times in the past – I know it’s a lot of pressure on each player who takes a penalty,” he said.
“But you just focus on what you do. Obviously I was very happy, and a bit relieved, that my penalty was a goal – but it was never in doubt! We all scored and it was brilliant.
“The good thing for me is I’d had this situation a few times; in the Nations League, the Euros in 2016 we had a penalty shoot-out against Poland where I put my penalty in but these times, we lost the penalty shoot-outs.
“Now, I see the other side. We won this time, probably the best way to win a game. The emotion after the game, I can’t describe. But it’s also a bit of luck – penalties are always a bit of luck – and you just have so much pressure.”
Schar has a chance to be a part of something really special this summer. Spain represent a beatable opponent tomorrow.
Switzerland know they’ll be the underdogs throughout this tournament, whoever they face next.
But that didn’t put them off against France and they were the better team on the night.
And if called upon, Schar will be ready again, and you’d back him to score from the spot again.
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