Dani Olmo, who has come on at half time we assume for Sarabia, gets a shot in and forces Sommer into a save but the flag is up for offside anyway.
We’re back underway in Saint Petersburg!
The possession stats also suggest the Swiss are going to have a hard time putting Simón under too much pressure without a few more of those early, incisive breaks: 70.7 percent of the pig skin for Spain in the first 45.
An indicator of how much time the ball is spending in Spains’ midfield: there were only two shots on target in the first half, both from Luis Enrique’s side.
And that is the half! Spain go into the break with a 1-0 lead but neither side have really imposed themselves on the game yet and it’s all poised nicely for the second period.
Just the one minute of additional time.
Switzerland are trying to find an outlet for a final attack of the 45 but Spain’s pressure is keeping them pinned back. A free kick just inside the Swiss half is lobbed forward to Seferovic but his attempt to hook a cross over his head lands in Simón’s gloves.
Spain are content at the moment just to play keep ball until the half.
A fortunate rub of the green for Spain as Switzerland have a very decent looking penalty shout cancelled out by an offside in the build-up near the halfway line.
Shaqiri delivers again, looking for the head of Akanji, but Widmer arrives at the far post behind the Dortmund man and nods wide under pressure.
Another corner for Switzerland as Widmer’s cross is cut out by Alba.
Shaqiri puts too much on this one though and it’s out on the other side, shadowed by the watchful eye of Pau Torres.
Akanji! The Dortmund defender meets Shaqiri’s corner and plants his head on it but he couldn’t quite get over it enough to keep it down. Another corner for the Swiss now though…
A great run from Torres, who slips the ball throught three Swiss defenders for Morata but the striker can’t get to it.
Spain are very confortable now and stroking it about like it’s 2010 among the back line and the midfield.
Sarabia is down again after a tangle with Rodríguez and the PSG man signals to the bench again. That might be the end of his afternoon.
Corner for Spain and it’s another decent chance as Azpilicueta sends a header goalward but Sommer is positioned perfectly to pluck it out of the air like a tin of beans.
And there’s the change for Switzerland, Ruben Vargas on for the stricken Embolo.
A decent interchange around the area gives Torres the chance to send in a cross but it’s belted clear and Seferovic is almost in at the other end but Simón comes to claim.
Problems for Switzerland now with Embolo down clutching his thigh after a tangle with Pau Torres.
Koke! It’s a decent strike from the Atleti midfielder but whistles over the top of Sommer’s bar. He’s still waiting for his first international goal is Koke, after 54 caps for Spain.
Free kick to Spain right on the edge of the box as Silvan Widmer trips Morata.
Sarabia, who seems to have shaken off that earlier issue, pings in a cross and it’s out for a corner.
Pedri gets back to lend a boot in defence as Remo Freuler looks to tee up Embolo on the edge of the area.
Throw to Switzerland deep in the Spain half but Laporte shows good anticipation to wallop the ball into the middle of next week.
That’s a blow for the Swiss, but as we have seen they are no strangers to coming from behind when necessary.
Koke’s corner clears the area and everything in it but drops to the Bar?a full back, who cracks a shot with his left peg and it’s in off the unfortunate Zakaria!
Goooooooooooool! Jordi Alba!
Corner for Spain, first of the game.
Spain’s press is making life difficult for the Swiss but the red shirts pour forward again on a quick break and that is something Luis Enrique must keep his eye on.
Oh, trouble for Spain early on as Sarabia signals to the bench. Dani Olmo is sent out to warm up.
An early warning from the Swiss as three break on three with Spain playing a high line but Shaqiri’s shot is blocked.
We’re off! Spain get the ball rolling in Saint Petersburg!
And the Swiss line-up for this afternoon’s action.
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Here’s a reminder of Spain’s starting XI and bench
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Luis Enrique Martínez
Teams are in the tunnels, we’re about to hear the anthems ring out across the Krestovsky Stadium.
The warm ups are over and we’re only 10 minutes or so away from kick-off in Saint Petersburg!
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Petkovic has named his starting XI, with Zakaria coming in for the suspended Xhaka and Seferovic getting the nod up front.
One for Spain fans to consider… according to UEFA, Spain have gone on to win the European Championship every time they have got past the quarter-finals. Their record though at this stage of the tournament is W3, L5.
As expected, Alba comes in at left back but otherwise Luis Enrique has stuck with his tried and tested for this afternoon’s game.
Spain certainly hold the historical edge going into today’s game: Switzerland haved only beaten La Roja once in 22 attempts (D5 L16), but that win was in the opening group game of the 2010 World Cup, so the Swiss have beaten Spain in tournament conditions.
In the Nations League last year Spain won the home tie 1-0 before the sides played out a 1-1 draw in Basel that required a last-minute Gerard Moreno goal to earn Spain a point.
Luis Enrique should have a full complement of players available today and is likely to stick with much the same line-up as in the Croatia game, although Jordi Alba can be expected to start at left bak in place of José Luis Gayà. Ferran Torres, who was excellent against Croatia, álvaro Morata and Sarabia are likely to form the front line again.
After quiet starts to the tournament for both sides – and some serious questioning of Luis Enrique’s position as Spain boss – today’s opponents have scored a total of 16 goals between them in their last four matches. Switzerland put three past three past Turkey to reach the last 16 and then repeated the trick against Les Bleus, while Spain thumped Slovakia 5-0 to ensure their place in the knock-out stages then put five past Croatia in a captivating last 16 encounter.
However, the Swiss will have to cope without their captain Granit Xhaka today after the Arsenal midfielder picked up a caution and a suspension against France. Sommer’s club teammate Denis Zakaria will likely come into the midfield to replace Xhaka while Petkovic will have to make a decision up top between the hero of the France win, Mario Gavranovic, and regular striker Haris Seferovic.
Switzerland have already defied the odds at Euro 2020 by knocking world champions and pre-tournament favourites France out in the last 16 in a dramatic penalty shoot-out in which Kylian Mbappé’s spot kick was expertly saved by Borussia M?nchengladbach stopper Yann Sommer.
This is the first time the Swiss have been beyond the first knock-out stage of the European Championshp and Vladomir Petkovic guides his side to the last four it will be the country’s first major tournament semi-final after quarter-final appearances at the 1934, 1938 and 1954 World Cup.
Hello and welcome to AS English’s live coverage of the Euro 2020 quarter-final between Switzerland and Spain from the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg. Kick-off is at 18:00 CEST.