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Koke hails Spain’s hero: ‘Unai Simon has got big balls!’

Sat 03 July 2021 | 6:47

Spain became the first team that booked their place in Euro 2020’s semi-finals by beating Switzerland 3-1 on penalties after a 120-minute marathon that ended 1-1.

Despite beating 

France 

in penalties, the 10-man 

Switzerland 

had too little to say in the penalty shoot-out they had 

against Spain in the competition’s quarter-finals

 

Spain’s Unai Simon

 was undoubtedly the game’s man of the match as the Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper made two saves in the shootout, stopping Fabian Schar and Manuel Akanji before Swiss youngster Ruben Vargas fired his spot-kick over the bar.

 

"He has such big balls," 

Koke 

said of his 

Spain 

team-mate, Simon, in his post-match interview.

“What happened to him against Croatia was unfortunate but what he did afterwards was incredible, with great tranquility. I hope it continues at this level."

He added: "How can it not make us strong to overcome adversity? That unites more and, in the end, things work out. You can see from the outside that the group is united and we are all 100 per cent."

 

However, 

Simon 

explained his own views on the shoot-out, he told reporters after the match: “It's a feeling of euphoria, but also of anger at all the work the team was doing in the 120 minutes.

"We should not have gotten there but we were lucky, the coin fell on our side and we are very happy about it."

"Today is very good," he added, "but we still have to win this European Championship."

 

Spain 

will face 

Italy

, who got through the quarter-finals with

a 2-1 victory over 

Belgium

, on 

Tuesday 

at Wembley Stadium.

 


source: SportMob