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Switzerland beats France 5-4 on penalties at Euro 2020

Switzerland beats France 5-4 on penalties at Euro 2020

France is out of the European Championship and it was Kylian Mbappe that missed the penalty kick in the shootoutBy KAREL JANICEK Associated PressJune 28, 2021, 10:14 PM• 2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBUCHAREST, Romania — France is out of the European Championship, and it was Kylian Mbappe that missed the penalty kick in the shootout.Switzerland eliminated the World Cup champions 5-4 in the shootout after a 3-3 draw on Monday in the round of 16.Switzerland goalkeeper Yann Sommer, who left the team during the group stage to be with his wife for the birth of their daughter, made the decisive safe on the 10th penalty after the previous nine had all been successful.The Swiss will next play Spain in the quarterfinals in St. Petersburg on Friday.It was the third game in the round of 16 game to go to extra time but the first to be decided by penalties.Switzerland substitute Mario Gavranović forced extra time with a 90th-minute equalizer.Haris Seferovic put Switzerland in the lead with a header in the 15th minute as France struggled to work itself into the game. But that all changed early in the second half when the Swiss were awarded a penalty.France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, the team’s captain, made the save on Ricardo Rodríguez in the 55th minute and woke up the French. Karim Benzema scored once in the 57th, and again in the 59th to give France the lead.Paul Pogba made it 3-1 in the 75th with a right-foot shot from 20 meters and it looked like the game was out of reach for the Swiss. But just as quickly as France had taken over the game, they let it go again.Seferovic scored another header in the 81st minute and Gavranović made it 3-3 with only seconds remaining.———More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

NMacedonia wants Austria's Arnautović punished for outburst

NMacedonia wants Austria's Arnautović punished for outburst

The North Macedonian soccer federation says it has submitted an official request to UEFA asking for Austria striker Marko Arnautović to be punished for a nationalist outburst after he scored a goal at the European ChampionshipBy KAREL JANICEK Associated PressJune 15, 2021, 10:40 AM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBUCHAREST, Romania — The North Macedonian soccer federation has submitted a request to UEFA asking for Austria striker Marko Arnautović to be punished for a nationalist outburst after he scored a goal at the European Championship.The federation said the outburst was directed at Ezgjan Alioski, who is of Albanian origin. Arnautović’s father is Serbian and his mother is Austrian.“We are always against nationalism, discrimination and all other forms of insults and outbursts that are not in the spirit of football and the values that we all stand for together,” the federation said in a statement released late Monday. “We will always stand up and defend the interests and dignity of the Macedonian national team wherever they play.”UEFA said Tuesday it has appointed a disciplinary inspector to conduct an investigation into the incident. UEFA disciplinary rules call for a minimum 10-match ban for insults based on race or ethnic origin.Arnautović scored the final goal in Austria’s 3-1 victory over North Macedonia on Sunday at the National Arena in Bucharest.He wrote in an Instagram story that he was sorry for what happened and acknowledged “some heated words yesterday in the emotions of the game for which I would like to apologize – especially to my friends from North Macedonia and Albania.”“I would like to say one thing very clearly: I AM NOT A RACIST!” Arnautović wrote. “I have friends in almost every country and I stand for diversity.”The Albanian minority forms about a quarter of North Macedonia’s 2.1 million population.Tensions between North Macedonians and ethnic Albanians in the small Balkan country erupted in 2001 when Albanians took up arms and fought with government forces, demanding more rights.The conflict ended after seven months with a deal that granted more rights to Albanians.Ethnic Albanian parties have been part of every government in the country since it declared independence from the former Yugoslavia in 1991.Serbia and ethnic Albanians have also been in conflict in Kosovo, a former Serbian province that declared independence in 2008.Kosovo’s majority population are ethnic Albanians, and Serbia has never recognized the country’s independence.Albania, Kosovo and Serbia all border North Macedonia.In 2017, Serbia was angered by North Macedonia’s intention to support Kosovo’s membership in UNESCO.———Associated Press writer Konstantin Testorides in Skopje, North Macedonia, and AP Sports Writer James Ellingworth in Baku, Azerbaijan, contributed to this report.———More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports