On a crazy night like football sometimes offers, the soil of Bucharest slips under the feet of Kylian Mbappé. Incredulous, the Blues striker glances at the referee. For a moment, he believes in a second chance. Maybe Yann Sommer moved his line before his shot on goal, maybe Mr. Rapallini will give it to withdraw. But no. The assistant referee validates the decision. France is well eliminated by Switzerland (3-3, 4-5 on the tabs) after an improbable round of 16 at this Euro 2021.
Frozen in the penalty area, the Parisian is alone. Very lonely even. His teammates did not have the presence of mind to come and console him right away. They too are busy with their own sadness. Package for this meeting, Lucas Digne ends up coming to the news. From a distance, we imagine the simple words that are meant to be comforting but do not cauterize much alive.
In a session of “penos”, the one who advances like a fifth shooter knows that he often has heaven or hell at the end of his foot for his family. At 22, Mbappé is the type to ask and take responsibility. Some reproach him for knowing his worth too well and for not imitating the false modesty enough. Karim Benzema and Antoine Griezmann left, he felt the duty to raise his finger to shoot last. We know the rest.
“Kylian feels guilty”
A powerful strike, but halfway up and too centered – blessed bread for a goalkeeper – and Mbappé joins the list of cursed shooters for the Blues in the exercise with the Bossis, Six, Pedros and, the most recent, Trezeguet , in the World Cup final lost against Italy in 2006. Another era already. They did not yet have social networks to express their dismay. “The sadness is immense after this elimination, we could not reach our goal. I’m sorry for this penalty. I wanted to help the team but I failed ”, the player wrote on Twitter an hour after elimination.
He assumes, but Didier Deschamps does not want to see him throw himself alone in the face of popular vindictiveness. “Kylian feels guilty, but he doesn’t have to be”, defended the coach at a press conference. Asked about the late solicitude of Mbappé’s partners after his failure, the boss of the Blues cleared any controversy. “Nobody can blame him, from the moment he takes responsibility, it can happen, so obviously he is very marked. »
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