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Shot down

After amazing goal, Swiss fans leave disappointed

By swissinfo.ch

The cloudy weather, like here in Zurich, wasn’t the only damper on Swiss spirits... (KEYSTONE/Ennio Leanza)

The cloudy weather, like here in Zurich, wasn’t the only damper on Swiss spirits...

(KEYSTONE/Ennio Leanza)

Swiss football fans will have to find new teams to cheer for now that the national team has been eliminated from the European football championships in France. 

On Saturday afternoon, several Swiss cities, restaurants and bars hosted public viewings for fans to gather and watch the match against Poland on a big screen – a way of enjoying the big crowd atmosphere without the expense of a trip abroad. 

Both teams scored a single goal, but Poland edged out Switzerland during the penalty shootout, 5-4. 

The Union of Europe Football Association (UEFA) summarised the match on its website: “Granit Xhaka sent his spot kick wide as Poland reached their first ever EURO quarter-final, despite being pegged back by an incredible Xherdan Shaqiri strike.” 

British football team Manchester United was also impressed with the goal, and tweeted its praise.

Since the mid-1990s, Switzerland has qualified for European and global football championships. In 2008, Switzerland and Austria co-hosted the UEFA EURO.

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