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‘Very difficult to turn the page’- Mbappe speaks after Euro 2020 disappointment

The Paris Saint Germain star was the villain as World Cup winners and tournament favourites crashed out of Euro 2020 on Monday night

Kylian Mbappe has broken his silence after his penalty miss cost France a place in the quarter-finals of the Euro 2020.

Mbappe missed the decisive penalty as the world champions crashed out of the competition after losing via penalties to Switzerland following a 3-3 draw in 120 minutes.

Haris Seferovic’s header had put the Swiss ahead in the 15th minute before Ricardo Rodriguez had the chance to double the lead from the spot, but his spot kick was saved.

The miss would proved costly as France kicked to life, scoring three times through a Karim Benzema brace and Paul Pogba’s beautiful strike.

Didier Deschamps men were on course for a place in the quarterfinal at that moment, but Switzerland did not give up and they scored twice in the last ten minutes to send the tie to extra time.

Neither side could find the winner in the 30 minutes that followed and the match went into penalties. Switzerland scored their first five while France were also successful until Mbappe missed the fifth, which sent the Swiss through.

It was a disappointing night for the PSG superstar, who missed a big chance in extra-time to win it for his side. And after the match, the 22-year-old took to his Instagram to aplogise, saying it will be hard to sleep.

“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.”

Switzerland will now meet Spain in the quarterfinals after the three-champions saw off the challenge of Croatia in another dramatic encounter.

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