World Champions France knocked out of Euro 2020 by Switzerland; Kylian Mbappe apologises to fans for penalty miss


World Champions France were knocked out of the Euro 2020 by Switzerland after both the teams finished 3-3 at the end of 120 minutes of the play. The outcome of the match was decided on penalties and what proved to be the decider of the match was failure to convert his penalty kick into a goal by Kylian Mbappe.

Kylian Mbappe

The Swiss appeared all set to be eliminated from the competition until the dying seconds of the first 90 minutes of the match when France led 3-2. This all changed in the 90th minute when substitute Mario Gavranovic netted home to make it 3-3, thereby sending the match into the extra time.

Switzerland took an early lead after Haris Seferovic scored in the 15th minute of the match. The Wiss could have extended their lead to 2-0 had their penalty not been saved by the French goalkeeper. However, France dominated most part of the match, thanks to two quick goals by Karim Benzema in the 57th and 59th minutes of the game. Paul Pogba increased the lead to 3-1 in 75th minute.

Switzerland reduced the margin to 2-3 in the 81st minute as Seferovic scored his second goal of the match.

Reacting to his penalty miss, Kylian Mbappe apologised to his fans as he wrote, “Very difficult to turn the page. The sadness is immense after this elimination, we were not able to achieve our objective. I am sorry for this penalty. I wanted to help the team but I failed. It will be hard to sleep but sadly these are the risks of this sport that I love so much. I know that you the fans are disappointed, but I would still like to thank you for your support and for having always believed in us. The most important thing will be to get up even stronger for the challenges to come. Congratulations and good luck to Switzerland.”

This is the biggest upset of Euro 2020 as France were widely tipped to win the competition this year. As for Switzerland, this is the first time that they have progressed to the knockout stage since 1938.

According to the BBC, the last time Switzerland were in the quarter-finals of a major tournament was the 1954 World Cup. The Swiss the host of that edition of the World Cup.

Switzerland will meet Spain in the quarter-finals.