OLIVER TO REFEREE EURO QUARTERFINAL CLASH

Premier League referee Michael Oliver has been appointed to take charge of the quarterfinal encounter between Switzerland and Spain at the ongoing Euro 2020 tournament. The Premier League referee is one of the four officials named to referee the quarterfinals at the aforementioned tournament.

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Michael Oliver will be in charge of the first quarterfinal clash involving Spain and Switzerland at the Krestovsky Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia. Apart from Premier League referee Oliver, German Felix Brych, Bjorn Kuipers of the Netherlands and Slovenian official SlavkoVincic will also take charge of a quarterfinal game at Euro 2020.

Vincic will be the man at the centre when number one team Belgium take on Italy at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany on Friday night for a place in the semi-finals, while Dutchman Kuipers will take charge of the game between Denmark and the Czech Republic at the Olympic Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan on Saturday evening. German official Brych will be in charge of the final quarterfinal encounter between England and Ukraine at the StadioOlimpico in Rome, the Italian capital on Saturday night.

Premier League referee Oliver had not been given a knockout game at Euro 2020 until his appointment as the man at the centre for the last eight meeting between Spain and Switzerland. Both Switzerland and Spain needed extra time in their respective last 16 clashes on Monday to progress into the quarterfinals.

Switzerland stunned the world when they eliminated tournament favourites France in their round of 16 clash via penalties. The Swiss team led at half-time before France scored three times in the second half to take a 3-1 lead heading into the final nine minutes of the game. Switzerland then scored twice in the final nine minutes to take the game to extra time and penalties when both teams could not add to their tally. Paris Saint Germain(PSG) star KylianMbappe was the villain for the French team as he missed his spot kick during shootout to hand the Swiss team a quarterfinal berth at Euro 2020 via a 5-4 win on penalties. On their part, Spain beat Croatia 5-3 at the end of extra time in their last 16 encounter to advance to the next round.

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