French captain Hugo Lloris has backed Kylian Mbappe after the Paris Saint-Germain star’s missed penalty saw France shockingly knocked out of the Euros by Switzerland.
After a stunning 3-3 battle through 120 minutes, Mbappe saw his spot kick saved by Swiss hero Yann Sommer, giving Switzerland the 5-4 shootout victory.
And, with that victory, Switzerland knocked out the 2018 World Cup winners and this summer’s favourites, with their talismanic star the one missing on the last kick.
“In football, we win together and we lose together,” Lloris told beIN Sports when asked about Mbappe.
“We’re all responsible for the elimination. It’s painful and there is no one to point the finger at. We all fought together against the opponent and there is no excuse to seek. And we have to highlight the Swiss team, they were great.”
He added: “I think the regrets we may have tonight are certainly that we could have managed the game better at 3-1. Our strength in the past was to be strong. And tonight, we left them in the game.
“Despite that, we didn’t give up. We went to the end of the end. Now we have to digest our pain.”
“[It’s] very difficult to turn the page,” Mbappe wrote on Twitter. “The sadness is immense after this elimination, we weren’t able to get to our objective.
“I am sorry for the penalty. I wanted to help the team but I missed. To relax will be difficult but it’s unfortunately a pitfall in the sport that I love so much.
“I know all the fans will be disappointed but even so I would thank you for your support and to always have believed in us.
“The most important is to always be stronger for the next challenges that will come.”