Yann Sommer saved the final spot-kick from Kylian Mbappé as Les Bleus were eliminated on penalties.

France coach Didier Deschamps set up with a three-man defence but his side struggled to adapt to the unfamiliar formation and found themselves behind when Haris Seferović’s towering header beat Hugo Lloris. The lively Kylian Mbappé and Adrien Rabiot fizzed efforts wide but the Nati were good value for their half-time lead. Points Table

Mario Gavranovic equalised in the 90th minute as Switzerland came from two goals down before Yann Sommer saved from Mbappe in the shootout to book Switzerland a quarter-final clash against Spain. Haris Seferovic had given Vladimir Petkovic’s Switzerland a shock lead on 15 minutes but Ricardo Rodriguez’s penalty was brilliantly saved by Hugo Lloris early in the second half.

Karim Benzema recalled to the France squad for the tournament after a five-and-a-half-year international exile, then struck a quick-fire double to put the Euro 2016 finalists back on track.

Paul Pogba’s sensational curling effort made it 3-1, but Switzerland forced extra time as Seferovic grabbed his second of the game before Gavranovic levelled in the final minute.

Switzerland converted all five of their penalties before Sommer dived to his right to turn away Mbappe’s kick, as the Swiss won a major tournament knockout tie for the first time in 83 years.

Star of the Match: Granit Xhaka (Switzerland)

“Very impressive in the midfield, offensively and defensively. The leader of his team with great communication and organisation.”

Granit Xhaka, Switzerland captain: “It’s amazing. We made history tonight and we are all very proud. We wrote the history of this footballing nation. Now we have Spain in the quarters. It will be difficult but we are dreaming now.”

Yann Sommer, Switzerland goalkeeper: “What a match! What an evening of football! It was our chance to finally go through the round of 16 because we never made it before. It’s incredible – we played with heart and with character. It was a really difficult situation for us after the penalty miss. I’m really proud of the team, how they came back. We always believed.”

Hugo Lloris, France goalkeeper: “We’re not looking for excuses. The regret, if we can have one, is that we led 3-1. In recent years we have known how to shut up shop. We went through every emotion possible and honestly, that was football the way we like it. The two goals we conceded in the last quarter of an hour really hurt us.”

Raphaël Varane, France defender: “It’s hugely disappointing. We completely messed up our first half. We reacted in the second half but then left the space and they came back. Penalties are a lottery. We could have scored in extra time as we had the chances to do that.”

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