Updated: June 29, 2021 2:11:22 pm
Switzerland’s Yann Sommer saved France striker Kylian Mbappe’s penalty to secure a 5-4 shootout win over the world champions following a thrilling 3-3 draw after extra time on Monday to reach the Euro 2020 quarter-finals where they will meet Spain.
On a memorable evening for Swiss football, the so-called Nati repeatedly beat the odds, coming from 3-1 down with two goals in the final five minutes to force extra time and eventually penalties.
After the nightmarish game for France, Kylian Mbappe issued an apology on his social media accounts after his penalty miss ended France’s hopes of adding Euro 2020 glory to the World Cup crown they won in Russia three years ago.
“The sadness is immense after this elimination, we could not reach our goal,” he wrote.
— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) June 28, 2021
It was Switzerland’s first knockout stage victory at a tournament since 1938 and the first time they have made the last eight since the 1954 World Cup which they hosted. They will next face Spain on Friday in St Petersburg.
“Honestly I am still in shock,” said Sommer, who became the most capped Swiss keeper with 65 international appearances.
“We showed courage, heart, we left everything out there. When you come back from two goals down against the world champions it is just unbelievable, and then to win on penalties, I could not be prouder of the way we did it.”
France, who had started with an unusual three-man defence and lacked any real bite up front in the first half, looked to be heading for victory when Karim Benzema struck twice in two minutes early in the second half.
He latched on to Mbappe’s through ball in the 57th minute to cancel out Switzerland’s first-half lead from Haris Seferovic’s header.
Benzema then headed home from near the goal-line two minutes later to take his tournament tally to four as France grabbed control of the game only minutes after the Swiss missed a 55th minute penalty and the chance to go 2-0 up when Hugo Lloris saved Ricardo Rodriguez’s spot kick.
Fans react angrily to Mbappe’s miss:
— Rahul ® (@RahulSadhu009) June 28, 2021
That Mbappe penalty miss, his body language after kicking the ball & the keeper’s dive everything looked same as that Ronaldo penalty vs Chelsea in the Champions League final 🤐
— Real Madrid Xtra (@RealMadridXtra) June 29, 2021
I don’t know about you lot. Mbappe, just became a different animal after this penalty miss. Feel like this is what he needed for him to grow.
— Charlie Ntamark Jr🏴🇨🇲 (@1OfficialNtmark) June 29, 2021
That fraud mbappe thought he could put away the Pk but knew he wasn’t a penalty specialist like his hero😪
— Mauricio🀄️ (@Mau17icio_) June 29, 2021
love Mbappe, but damn one penalty away from probably the opposite https://t.co/dwaOh6ptfX
— Rigo Villaseñor 🇲🇽 (@rod_rick04) June 29, 2021
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