5. Switzerland dump out the favourites.
Hot on the heels of the Spain vs Croatia epic, we were certain that the well had been wrung well and truly dry for suspense and drama, yet somehow this topped it only hours later.
France were heavy favourites before a ball had been kicked in earnest at this championships, and little Switzerland were expected to bow to the French’s might.
The Swiss clearly hadn’t read script as they took an early lead, and were handed a golden opportunity to double it to 2-0 with a penalty.
Ricardo Rodriguez, Mr reliable from 12 yards, saw his effort saved by Hugo Lloris. Moments later a newly galvanized France raced into a quickfire 3-1 lead, with a double by Karim Benzema and a long range beauty by Paul Pogba, who’s cocksure celebrations suggested a belief that it was game over.
With nine minutes to play Haris Seferovic snatched a goal back, and with time almost up Mario Gavranovic danced his way through a static French defense and levelled the tie at 3-3 with a superbly taken strike.
David had given Goliath a bloody nose, and with penalties to come it was the swiss who delivered the knockout blow.
Penalties would settle this classic encounter, and heir apparent to the Ballon D’or Kylian Mbappe simply had to score to keep French dreams alive, yet it was the Swiss keeper Yann Sommer who plunged to his right and kept the young superstar at bay.
Wild celebrations ensued from the fans and players alike as Switzerland had secured their most famous victory ever in tournament football.