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Sports News of Tuesday, 29 June 2021


‘I’m sorry, I failed’- Mbappe apologises after France EURO 2020 exit

PSG forward, Kylian Mbappe PSG forward, Kylian Mbappe

France forward Kylian Mbappe has apologized for missing the decisive penalty in Monday’s 5-4 shootout loss to Switzerland that saw the world champions crash out of Euro 2020 in the last 16.

Switzerland scored twice in the final 10 minutes in a thrilling 3-3 draw in Bucharest and, following a goalless extra time, prevailed in the shootout after goalkeeper Yann Sommer saved from Mbappe.

Mbappe said France was “incredibly sad” after exiting the tournament and that his miss would keep him awake at night.

“I’m sorry about this penalty. I wanted to help the team but I failed,” Mbappe wrote on Instagram after the game.

“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.”

Switzerland faces Spain in St Petersburg in the quarter-finals on Friday.