Kylian Mbappe has taken to his Instagram page to wish the Switzerland national team luck after missing a penalty kick that ended France’s dream of winning Euro 2020.
Before the Euro 2020 started on June 11, 2021, France were rated favorites of the tournament because of the high assembly of football stars in the team. They lived up to the tag in the group stage by winning two games and drawing one to finish as leaders of Group F which was tagged the group of death.
In the Euro 2020 round of 16, France was paired with Switzerland that struggled to qualify from their group. Hence, football fans and pundits believed that it was going to be another walkover for a compact French squad.
Unfortunately for France, they met a Switzerland team that was ready to go all the way to ensure that they make it to the quarter-finals of the tournament. The Swiss team started showing their prowess in the game as early as the 15th minute when Haris Seferovic scored via a header.
The first half headed 1-0 and the second half became a five-goal thriller. Switzerland had the chance to double their lead from the spot-kick but Hugo Lloris saved the spot-kick before Karim Benzema went on to score two goals in two minutes (57th and 59th minute) to make it 2-1. Paul Pogba then made it 3-1 in the 75th minute.
When it was looking like France have taken the front seat or they have won the match, Switzerland came back stronger as they scored two goals to make it 3-3, thanks to Seferovic’s second header in the 81st minute and Mario Gavranovic’s 90th-minute strike.
The regular time ended 3-3 and the game went into extra time. After 120 minutes of football, the scoreline stood at 3-3, hence, the game went into penalty shootouts.
Switzerland scored all their five spot-kicks while France scored their first four before Kylian Mbappe stepped up to take the last spot-kick but fail to convert it. Hence, Switzerland stunned France out of Euro 2020.
Kylian Mbappe apologize
Kylian Mbappe was expected to be one of the game changers in France’s Euro 2020 squad but it was not to be. Before Switzerland ended the journey of France in the tournament on Monday night, June 28, 2021, Mbappe did not give the expected account of himself in the tournament. He managed only one assist in four games.
If he had scored from the spot-kick on Monday night, that would have been the first goal of the 22-year-old Paris Saint Germain striker in the tournament but Swiss keeper, Yann Sommer proved too good not to save the kick.
Hence, Kylian Mbappe’s miss ended the journey of the reigning FIFA World Cup winners at the round of 16 stage of Euro 2020.
For this, Mbappe took to his social media accounts to apologize to his countrymen and wished Switzerland luck as they go further in the tournament.
He wrote in French: “Very difficult to turn the page. The sadness is immense after this elimination, we could not reach our goal. I’m sorry for this penalty. I wanted to help the team but failed. Getting to sleep will be difficult but unfortunately, it is the ups and downs of this sport that I love so much.
“I know you fans have been disappointed, but I still want to thank you for your support and for always believing in us. The most important thing will be to get up even stronger for the next upcoming deadlines. Congratulations and good luck to Switzerland.”
Hugo Lloris defends Mbappe
The goalkeeper and captain of the France national team, Hugo Lloris has come out to defend Kylian Mbappe as he insisted that the team wins and loses together. He also insisted that the whole French team was responsible for the defeat at the hands of Switzerland on Monday night.
“In football, we win together and we lose together,” Lloris told beIN Sports. “We’re all responsible for the elimination. It’s painful and there is no one to point the finger at. We all fought together against the opponent and there is no excuse to seek. And we have to highlight the Swiss team, they were great…
“I think the regrets we may have tonight are certainly that we could have managed the game better at 3-1. Our strength in the past was to be strong. And tonight, we left them in the game.
“Despite that, we didn’t give up. We went to the end of the end. Now we have to digest our pain.”
Switzerland will attempt to go further in the tournament on Friday, July 2, 2021, when they face Spain in the quarter-finals stage of the tournament.