France forward Kylian Mbappe posted a heartfelt apology to fans after he missed the decisive penalty, which saw his nation crash out of Euro 2020 at the hands of Switzerland on Monday.
The Paris Saint-Germain starlet endured a night to forget against Switzerland. He missed a handful of big chances and saw his evening go from bad to worse when his penalty was saved by Yann Sommer, sending France tumbling out of the competition.
Mbappe ended Euro 2020 without managing a single goal, with no player taking more shots than his 12 without finding the back of the net. After the game, the 22-year-old took to Twitter to take responsibility for his country’s shortcomings.
“It’s very difficult to turn the page,” Mbappe wrote. “The sadness is immense after this elimination, we could not achieve our goal.
“I’m sorry for my penalty. I wanted to help the team but I failed. Finding sleep will be difficult but unfortunately it is the hazards of this sport that I love so much. I know you fans were disappointed, but I would still like to thank you for your support and for always believing in us.
“The most important thing will be to come back even stronger for the coming years. Congratulations and good luck to Switzerland.”
Despite Mbappe’s attempts to shoulder the blame, manager Didier Deschamps was not interested and instead offered comfort to the youngest player in the squad, insisting everything they do is done together as a squad.
“Kylian, even if he didn’t score a goal [at the Euros], he was decisive in many actions that we had, and he took responsibility to take this penalty,” he said (via ESPN).
“No one is really angry with him. I talked to our players, we know the strength of this team, we’ve had many magnificent moments together — today it really hurts, there’s lots of sadness.
“The whole group is united in the dressing room. No one talks about ‘you made this mistake’ or ‘you made that mistake’. Kylian knows his responsibility.”