Switzerland’s Xherdan Shaqiri warms up during a training session with teammates in Rome on Tuesday. Reuters
As the battle for Euro 2020 supremacy heats up, most matches seem to end up in a tie-breaker with the winner decided in a penalty shootout (“Spain edge Switzerland on penalties to reach semis,” July 3, Gulf Today).
Goalkeeper Unai Simon was the hero as Spain edged past 10-man Switzerland 3-1 on penalties on Friday to set up a Euro 2020 semi-final against either Belgium or Italy. After a 1-1 draw in Saint Petersburg which saw the Swiss play for 43 minutes
Xherdan Shaqiri scored twice as Switzerland beat Turkey 3-1 in Baku on Sunday but they will have to wait to see if they reach the last 16 of Euro 2020 as one of the four best third-placed teams. Wales held on to second place in Group A
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) registered a comfortable nine-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in their first match of the UAE-leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Monday.
The UAE’s Rashid Al Mulla is firmly on course for a fourth successive world aquabikes crown after recording a comprehensive overall victory at the Regione Sardegna Grand Prix of Italy.
The third round of the Sharjah Masters International Chess Championship produced some interesting results. Top 60 players representing 30 countries are taking part in the championship which carries a prize purse of $60,000.