Kylian Mbappe took to Instagram late last night.
Kylian Mbappe has said that ‘the sadness is immense’ after he missed the decisive penalty in France’s Euro 2020 shootout defeat to Switzerland in Bucharest last night.
After all of the previous nine penalties were scored, Kylian Mpappe saw his spot kick saved by Switzerland goalkeeper Yann Sommer, leading to wild celebrations by Swiss players and fans alike. A dejected Mbappe slumped off the field, perhaps suspecting the level of scrutiny that would be coming his way as one of the most high-profile players in world football, and late last night he took to social media to apologise for his miss.
Kylian Mbappe takes responsibility.
The 2018 World Cup winner posted: “The sadness is immense after this elimination, we could not reach our goal. I’m sorry about this penalty. I wanted to help the team but I failed. Getting to sleep will be difficult but unfortunately those are the risks of the sport that I love so much.
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“I know that you, the fans, are disappointed, but I would still like to thank you for your support and always believing in us. The most important thing is to come back even stronger next time. Congratulations and good luck to the Swiss.”
High drama in Bucharest.
While Mbappe’s miss will live long in the memory, it wasn’t the only dramatic moment in what was arguably the most entertaining match of Euro 2020 so far. Switzerland took the lead in the first half through Haris Seferovic before a barnstorming second period which saw France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris save a Ricardo Rodriguez penalty early on. Within minutes, a Karim Benzema double had given France the lead before Paul Pogba appeared to seal victory with a long range effort in the 75th minute. Switzerland rallied though and another Seferovic goal was followed by a 90th minute equaliser from Mario Gavranovic to take the game into extra time.
A long career ahead.
Throughout it all, Mbappe missed a number of gilt-edged chances but now leaves Euro 2020 without having scored a goal. The tournament will be seen as a low point in the fledgling career of the 22-year-old but there’s no doubt that he has the talent to bounce back from it. There are many more major tournaments to come in his career and when football eventually looks back on the Kylian Mbappe story, you would expect that the positives will very much outweigh the negatives.