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Euro 2020..a single defeat that bears a great memory for Spain against Switzerland


Spain lost one match in its 22-match history with Switzerland, before the two teams clashed in the Euro 2020 quarter-finals next Friday at Gazprom Arena in St. Petersburg, Russia.


Although Spain's only loss came in the first group stage match in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, with a goal scored by Gelson Fernandez in Durban, it has a wonderful memory for "La Foria Roja", where the Spanish national team later won the World Cup for the first time.


While Spain won 17 out of 22 matches against the Swiss, the first of which was nearly a century ago, on August 1, 1925 in Bern, at which time Spain won by three clean points.


While the 1-1 positive tie settled the last confrontation between the two teams in November 2020 at St. Jacobs Park in the Nations League, with Luis Enrique as coach of Spain.


During that match, Spain missed the opportunity to turn its deficit against Switzerland into a victory after former captain Sergio Ramos, who is currently absent from the Euro team's squad, failed to score two penalties.


The Swiss advanced first through Remo Frelier (26th s), and Spain tied a minute before the end of normal time through Gerard Moreno.


Before the decisive match in the European Nations, the two teams had previously met twice also in the knockout stages, in the 1966 World Cups in England and 1994 in the United States, and Spain won both games 2-1 and 3-0, respectively, and Luis Enrique contributed to the victory by scoring one of the three goals.


During the confrontations between the two teams, Spain scored 48 goals and conceded 17 goals.


The biggest result between the two teams was Spain's 6-3 victory in a friendly match held in Madrid in February 1951, as well as 4-0 in another friendly in Geneva in May 1984.


Spain, the record holder in the number of European Championship wins (3 times equal with Germany), qualified for the quarter-finals after overcoming the obstacle of Croatia, runner-up to the world, 5-3, knowing that it was runner-up in its group behind Sweden, which was eliminated yesterday by Ukraine.


While Switzerland reached the quarter-finals after surprisingly toppling the world champion, France and its stars Kylian Mbappe, Karim Benzema and Antoine Griezmann, on penalties, after the match ended in a 3-3 draw, knowing that it finished third in its group behind Italy and Wales.


The winner of St. Petersburg in the semi-finals will face the winner of the Belgium-Italy match on July 6, while the winners of Sweden-England and Czech Republic-Denmark will clash in the other semi-final on the seventh of next month.


The tournament will conclude on July 11 at Wembley Stadium in London.

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