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Euro 2020 successes and missed Twists and turns abound as Switzerland stuns France and Spain survive

Successes and failures at Euro2020: There are plenty of twists and turns, as Switzerland stuns France and Spain survives a scare from Croatia.

The last-16 ties on Monday summed things up well. Then there was the dramatic match between Croatia and Spain, in which Luka Modric's team rose from the ashes to stage a last-gasp comeback before losing in extra time.

Switzerland triumphed against France in one of the most thrilling tournament games in recent memory, when Croatia came close.

We witnessed the Euros favourites at their best for a little while-but the Swiss refused to lie down, and it was superstar Kylian Mbappe, of all people, who slipped up from the penalty spot in the end. This is a major setback.

The Czech Republic had already celebrated their own unexpected victory against a previously strong Netherlands team 24 hours before, while Austria, in their first Euros knockout game, brought Italy to extra time and ended the Azzurri's unbeaten run.

Even the group stage structure, which was expected to be dull, generated great emotion in a few of the final-game encounters.

Perhaps it's the tournament's format, with teams traveling all over the continent, or the effect of a long, grueling season taking its toll on the players. Perhaps there is greater substance in these battles now, or perhaps the underdog has just gotten the better of the green.

Whatever the cause of the drama, it has created an enthralling competition, with each side still feeling they can win the grand prize.

"I braced myself for the unexpected." Perhaps it is the optimistic mantra apprehensive, gloomy England fans can repeat to themselves before the last-16 match at Wembley on Tuesday...

Peter Smith,

France pays the price for Deschamps' methods.

It was supposed to be a night when tournament favorites France would show everyone why they were the side to defeat at Euro 2020, according to many commentators.

However, against Switzerland, we only got to see the real France for 30 minutes, and it wasn't enough as Didier Deschamps' team failed to advance to the quarter-final stage of a major tournament for the first time since the 2010 World Cup.

While Kylian Mbappe may have missed the game-winning penalty attempt in the penalty shootout, Deschamps bears a large share of the blame for France's poor performance in Bucharest.

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