France 3 – Switzerland 3: The French held at Arena Natională by The Swiss

France vs. Switzerland

France is out of the [competition_name] after losing on penalties to [local_name_short] in a most exciting encounter at [stadium]

It was an impressive opening from Switzerland, thanks to a goal from Seferović, 15 minutes in to see out the first half 0-1.

France took the lead in the second half, with a goal from Benzema, 57 minutes in. France looked to have the game under control when they scored again and incerased their lead, thanks to a second effort from Benzema, 59 minutes in to establish a 2-1. The momentum was now with The French, who then scored again through a goal from Pogba at the 75 minute mark to establish a 3-1. However, The Swiss weren't lying down and managed to pull back a 2nd effort from Seferović, 81 minutes in. Switzerland then scored once more and equalised thanks to a goal from Gavranovic just before the final whistle with a final score of 3-3.

Although the game concluded 3-3 extra time was necessary, since both teams were tied. In the first half neither team scored a goal so it finalised 3-3.

Finally, the result didn't change so the match finalised 3-3.

Finally, the winner of the match was decided during a penalty shootout in which the victory went to Switzerland, which was imposed by a score of 4 – 5 penalties after the shootout.

For France, Coman, Sissoko, Giroud and Thuram, came on for Lenglet, Griezmann, Benzema and Coman. Switzerland brought on Gavranovic, Mbabu, Fassnacht, Vargas, Mehmedi and Schär, to replace Widmer, Shaqiri, Zuber, Embolo, Rodriguez and Seferović.

There were bookings for Varane, Coman and Pavard from France. For Switzerland, Elvedi, Rodriguez, Xhaka and Akanji saw yellow.

This victory will please Switzerland to maintain this winning form as they advance in the competition, whilst The French must now wait another season to try again.

Technical card:
France: Lloris, Lenglet (Coman, min.46), Kimpembe, Varane, Kanté, Pogba, Griezmann (Sissoko, min.88), Rabiot, Pavard, Mbappé and Benzema (Giroud, min.94)
Switzerland: Sommer, Akanji, Rodriguez (Mehmedi, min.87), Elvedi, Xhaka, Freuler, Shaqiri (Mbabu, min.73), Zuber (Fassnacht, min.79), Widmer (Gavranovic, min.73), Seferović (Schär, min.97) and Embolo (Vargas, min.79)
Stadium: Arena Natională
Goals: Seferović (0-1, min. 15), Benzema (1-1, min. 57), Benzema (2-1, min. 59), Pogba (3-1, min. 75), Seferović (3-2, min. 81) and Gavranovic (3-3, min. 90)