Kylian Mbappe has apologized for missing a penalty for France in their shootout loss to Switzerland in the Round of 16 at Euro 2020. He missed the decisive penalty which meant that the world champions crashed out of the tournament. Yann Sommer saved the decisive penalty after all nine previous scorers converted their spot-kick. Earlier France threw away a two-goal lead in the final 20 minutes of regulation time. Both sides failed to find the back of the net in extra time to send the game into penalties.
“I’m sorry about this penalty. I wanted to help the team but I failed,” France striker Kylian Mbappe wrote on Instagram. “It’s going to be hard to sleep after this, but unfortunately these are the ups and downs of this sport that I love so much. The most important (thing) will be to get back up again even stronger for future commitments. Congratulations and good luck to the Swiss team.”
France coach Didier Deschamps also refused to point any fingers saying that the whole team was responsible for poor performance. “Nobody can be annoyed with him,” Deschamps said. “When you take the responsibility, it can happen. He is obviously very affected by it.”
Mbappe also received words of encouragement from his captain Hugo Lloris and Brazilian icon Pele.
“We win together, we lose together. We are all responsible for being eliminated at this stage of the competition. There is no pointing fingers.” Lloris said.
“Keep your head up, Kylian! Tomorrow is the first day of a new journey.” Pele said on Twitter.