“A fall from too high a place.” This is what the French daily ‘Lequipe’ said about Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain) at the 2020 European Football Championship (Euro 2020) between France and Switzerland on the 29th (Korean time). Due to Mbappe’s miss, France (No. 2 in the FIFA rankings), who was the winner of this tournament, had to send off a shocking early departure.
France faced Switzerland 3-3 in the Euro 2020 Round of 16 at Arena Nazionaler in Bucharest, Romania on the same day. However, Mbappe’s loss as the last kicker in the penalty shoot-out prevented France from advancing to the quarterfinals.
As a result, strong contenders France failed to advance to the quarterfinals of the Euro tournament for the first time in 13 years since 2008. On the other hand, Switzerland reached the Euro 8 for the first time ever.
France, who had been runners-up in Euro 2016 and won the 2018 World Cup in Russia, stopped their progress due to the shocking miss of the national team star Mbappe. French media outlets criticized Mbappe for failing to score goals and feuding with teammates in this tournament, saying that he even missed a goal in the match.
France’s ‘Eurosport’ also gave a bad review, giving Mbappe a rating of 3 (out of 10), saying he was “in the middle of a nightmare”.
The British ‘BBC’ also reported that Mbappe’s disappointment led to France’s shock defeat. According to the media, 12 out of 15 BBC experts predicted that France would be the Euro 2020 champions this year, saying the loss was shocking.
The media also reported the remarks of former English Premier League (EPL) legend Gary Neville.
“From the moment Mbappe came out (as the fifth kicker), I was like, ‘Oh, this isn’t it,’” Neville said. “He played poor overall in this tournament.”
“Mbappe has the aspiration to become the best player in the world just like Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi. But it is a little difficult.”
He also said that “Mbappe had a difficult time at Euro 2020.”
Former French midfielder Patrick Vierado also criticized Mbappe’s performance, making comments consistent with Neville’s comments that he had a hard time with the team.
“The French national team was bad,” Viera said. Overall it is. There was no mind or spirit to be together. “They didn’t qualify for the next round because they weren’t one team, and the team that deserved it in today’s match was Switzerland.”
From the group stage of this tournament, Mbappe suffered from feuds with teammate Olivier Giroud (Chelsea), and the problem of team unity was often raised. Neville and Viera’s comments seem to have this in mind.
Meanwhile, Spain beat Croatia to advance to the quarterfinals. Spain and Switzerland, who have won side by side, will face off against each other in the quarterfinals on the 3rd to advance to the quarterfinals.
Intern reporter Seo Ji-soo