Date:1st July 2021 at 6:06am
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Monday evening produced two of the most exciting games of Euro 2020 so far, with Spain, Croatia, Switzerland and France all in action. 

The first game pitted the Spaniards against the Croatians for a place in the quarter-finals, and fans were treated to an eight-goal thriller.

Croatia went ahead after a bizarre Pedri own goal, before the 2012 winners completed a comeback and moved into a 3-1 lead, with the tie looking to be all but over.

Amazingly, however, the Croatians fought back and forced extra-time thanks to Mario Pasalic’s injury time equaliser.

Having been pegged back in normal time, Spain eventually showed their class and ran out 5-3 winners over their opponents in the highest scoring game of the tournament so far.

Later on, it was France’s turn to take centre stage as they faced Switzerland.

Despite going behind, the French found themselves in a commanding 3-1 lead with quarter of an hour remaining.

However, Switzerland fought back to 3-3 and, after a goalless 30 minutes of extra time, won the tie in dramatic fashion on penalties.

One of the standout performances among the heroic Swiss was that of Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka, and it appeared the performance didn’t go unnoticed.

Xhaka was instrumental as Switzerland set up a quarter-final tie with Spain.

According to Italian outlet Calciomercato, Juventus have registered an interest in the player, who they may make an offer for if they fail to sign Sassuolo ace Manuel Locatelli.

It had been widely reported that Xhaka was close to signing for fellow Italian side Roma, however it is now believed that, while personal terms have been agreed, the Serie A side are unable to meet Arsenal’s demands.

Roma have offered around £13 million, while the Gunners are holding out for £17 million.

Arsenal, who paid £30 million for Xhaka in 2016, are now intent on starting a bidding war between the two clubs, catalysed by the midfielder’s standout performance against France.

Juventus are apparently in the market for central midfielders as they look to improve on their below-par league performance last season, where they failed to retain the title and even came close to missing out on Champions League qualification.

The Turin giants could also be without Aaron Ramsey, who is expected to leave the club, and Adrien Rabiot, who could also leave after just a season.

 
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