France was eliminated from Euro 2020 on penalties by Switzerland after a tumultuous 120 minutes of action as Kylian Mbappe missed the crucial spot-kick. Switzerland gave a tough head-to-head competition to world champions to secure a spot in the quarterfinals of the Euro 2020 football tournament. The match ended in a 3-3 tie but Switzerland, who made their mark in the quarter-finals after many years, won on 5-4 penalties. Reaction on France’s exit came in from players and managers in the football world.
After the team’s departure from Euro 2020 following their defeat to Switzerland, striker Karim Benzema has addressed the fans. “Upset and disappointed with the outcome of yesterday’s game. Hugely disappointing, I wanted to encourage you for a long time,” Benzema wrote on Instagram.
“Thank you for your continued support throughout the Euros. Thank you for the strength you have given me on a daily basis. Nothing comes easy, we will keep fighting to prepare for the future and come back even stronger.”
France striker Kylian Mbappe has made a statement after losing to Switzerland in the Euro 2020 1/8 finals. “It’s difficult to turn the page. The sadness after relegation is enormous. We couldn’t achieve our goal,” said Mbappe to GFFN. “I apologise for that penalty. I wanted to help the team but I failed. It will be hard to sleep. Unfortunately, these are the risks of this sport, which I love very much.”
“I know that you, the fans, are upset. Still, I want to thank you for your support and for always believing in us. The most important thing now is to become even stronger in anticipation of the coming challenges. Congratulations and good luck to the Swiss team.”
France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has commented to beIN Sports on the defeat to Switzerland. “We gave it our all, we left it all on the pitch. The penalty shoot-out was a lottery. We were unlucky. Now we need to deal with the pain. With the score at 3-1 we should have finished it all. But that’s football, that’s why we love it, that’s what it hurts, it hurt us today.”
Legendary Brazilian forward Pele has backed France striker Kylian Mbappe, who missed the decisive spot-kick. “Keep your head up, Kylian! Tomorrow is the first day of a new journey,” tweeted Pele.
Keep your head up, Kylian! Tomorrow is the first day of a new journey, @KMbappe.
— Pelé (@Pele) June 28, 2021
France head coach Didier Deschamps has spoken out about forward Kylian Mbappe after the match against Switzerland in the Euro 2020 1/8 finals. “Mbappe is terribly upset, as are all the players. But no one can be angry with him, he took responsibility for the fifth penalty,” the coach told TF1.
Roma coach Jose Mourinho has commented on the Euro 2020 1/8 final match between France and Switzerland (3-3, 4-5 on penalties). “I think yes [it’s France’s failure]. Great players, great team, very good coach, tradition. It’s a failure,” said Mourinho to TalkSport.
“But Switzerland, with no stars, was a team. Petkovic has done an amazing job – they went from a team that could barely qualify for the tournament to consistently reaching the final stages of the World and European championships.”
“I think Switzerland’s approach has been: “We may lose, but let’s go all the way and walk off the pitch with pride, and the public at home will appreciate it.” I also think that France started to have fun. You have to have fun after the game, not during it. They cheered too early.”