JJune 28, 2021 will be a day when Kylian Mbappé you will remember for a long time, unfortunately for all the wrong reasons. The young forward missed the decisive penalty against Swiss Monday night to ship France home.
Not a single penalty was missed in the penalty shootout, with Mbappe taking FranceFifth penalty. As the forward approached, there was an air of uncertainty on the player’s face, the player who had barely contributed during the 120 minutes of intense football on display.
Summer Yann was right and the Swiss went into delirium at the expense of Mbappe, who was not even consoled by a single teammate after his failure.
He entered the competition as the potential star of the tournament and left with a groan as his team exited the round of 16.
Mbappé 0, Benzema 4
Mbappe failed to score a goal that was not offside for the entire competition, even with France despite having a handful of clear chances during the competition. The player by his side, Karim Benzema, finished the tournament with four goals and rekindled his love for international soccer.
The French forward spoke after the elimination of his team, lamenting his mistake.
“It is very difficult to overcome it, the sadness is immense after this elimination as we could not reach our goal,” he said.
“I am devastated by the penalty, I wanted to help the team but I failed.
“Sleeping will be difficult tonight, but it’s the ups and downs of this sport that I love so much.”
“I know the fans have been disappointed, but I want to thank them for their support and for always believing in us.”
“Congratulations to Swiss. “
The problems of France
MbappeFailure to show up as expected has been the main problem for France in the tournament, but not the only one.
The defense bled the goals. After starting well against Germany, from the second game against Hungary The defensive weakness of the French was already evident. Portugal scored another two against Les Bleus, while Swiss scored three.
Benzema and also Paul pogba performed consistently well during competition. But, as a striker, not being able to score a single goal will weigh heavily Mbappe.
The positive, however, could be the fact that suffering his first major national disappointment at the age of 22 will only make him a better player going forward.