Mbabu and Mehmedi helped Switzerland through to the quarter-finals of the EURO, but the tournament is now over for their other VfL team-mates.
Thriller in Bucharest
The match between France and Switzerland in Bucharest on Monday evening was one for the neutrals, with the Swiss winning on penalties after the match was deadlocked 3-3 after regular and extra time. Kevin Mbabu (73’) and Admir Mehmedi (87’) both came on as substitutes, with the latter scoring in the shoot-out. France’s Kylian Mbappé missed the final spot-kick to crown a historic evening of football for Switzerland, who will now face Spain in the quarter-finals this Friday in St. Petersburg.
No happy ending for Croatia
The match earlier in the day in Copenhagen followed a similar pattern, with Croatia battling their very hardest against Spain only to go down 5-3 after extra time. Josip Brekalo was brought on in the 75th minute but could not quite steer his team to victory.
Weghorst on as a sub
The European Championship is also at an end for the Netherlands, who fell 2-0 in Budapest to Czech Republic. VfL striker Wout Weghorst came on as a substitute in the 73rd minute and said after the match: "Even though it’s not much of a consolation at this precise moment, it was great to experience a tournament like this. It’s going to take time, though, to get over this disappointment.”
Austria push Italy all the way
The EURO is also over for Pavao Pervan and Xaxer Schlager, but Austria did not give up without a fight. In the end, they were edged out by Italy 2-1 after extra time, with Pervan an unused substitute and Schlager on the pitch until the 106th minute. “If we’d gone 1-0 up, we’d have won the match,” the latter said after the game. “That’s what Italy did and they ran out worthy winners. We can’t blame ourselves though – we put in a good performance.”