Kylian Mbappe has apologised to supporters after his missed penalty sent France crashing out of Euro 2020 on Monday evening.
The reigning world champions appeared to be on course for a place in the quarter finals as two goals from Karim Benzema and Paul Pogba’s brilliant long-range strike overturned Haris Seferovic’s early opener in the first half.
But Switzerland scored twice late to make it 3-3 after 90 minutes and force extra time.
The match then went to a penalty shootout and with France needing Mbappe to score, the Paris Saint-Germain forward saw his effort saved by Switzerland goalkeeper Yann Sommer.
The pre-tournament favourites are now out of the competition, with Switzerland now due to play Spain in the quarter-final on Friday.
‘It’s very difficult to turn the page. The sadness is huge after this elimination, we couldn’t reach our goal,’ Mbappe posted on Instagram after France’s exit.
‘I’m sorry for the penalty. I wanted to help the team but I failed.
‘It will be difficult to sleep but unfortunately this is what happens in this sport I love so much.
‘I know you fans are disappointed, but I would like 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 few years. Congratulations and good luck to Switzerland.’
Meanwhile, France captain Hugo Lloris, who saved a penalty in the 55th minute to stop his side from going 2-0 down, defended Mbappe after his miss.
‘We win together, we lose together,’ said Lloris.
‘We are all responsible for being eliminated at this stage of the competition. There is no pointing fingers.
‘We had to deal with injuries, but we have no right to make excuses. This is a competition.’ Metro