There were mixed fortunes for Arsenal players at the Euros yesterday as Wales and Switzerland played their knock-out round games.
Aaron Ramsey played a part in the Welsh goal, a Helbian pre-assist for Gareth Bale whose cross was turned into his own net by Gareth McAuley. Even a late keeper-up-for-a-corner threat couldn’t see Northern Ireland get the equaliser they needed, meaning Chris Coleman’s side advance to the quarter-finals.
Before that though, Xherdan Shaqiri’s fantastic equaliser for Switzerland saw that game go into extra-time after Poland had gone ahead through Jakub Błaszczykowski.
Despite being on top the Swiss couldn’t find a way through, denied a number of times by former Arsenal keeper Lukasz Fabianski.
The match was decided by a penalty shoot-out and new boy Granit Xhaka’s miss proved decisive. He sliced his effort wide, the only player to miss, sending the Poles through.
It was obviously a heart-breaker for the Arsenal man, but he now goes on his holidays before arriving in London for pre-season training.
Today Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny are in action for France, while Mesut Ozil will take part in Germany’s showdown with Slovakia.