- Pogba scored a stunner but it was not enough as France got knocked out of Euro 2020 by Switzerland
- The France playmaker admitted football was cruel but also congratulated Switzerland for the win
- Despite his goal against Switzerland, Pogba was criticised by a section of fans for his lack of defensive cover during the game
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Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has broken his silence after France’s disappointing exit from Euro 2020.
France were dramatically knocked out of the tournament by Switzerland in a pulsating penalty shootout despite initially leading 3-1 with 10 minutes of regulation time to go.
Pogba was in glittering form for his country in the group stage and scored a stunning goal against Switzerland with an audacious shot from outside the penalty area.
The Frenchman’s moment of brilliance was however in vain as France were eventually pegged back by Switzerland, who scored two late goals to force the game to extra time.
Barely 48 hours after the defeat and Pogba broke his silence with a message to his followers on social media:
"Sometimes football can be cruel… cruel and also beautiful," he started.
"Yesterday, the game brought us sadness but happiness to our opponents. That’s the beauty of football. Of course, we all wished that we could have had a positive result. Thank you so much to all of our fans across the globe.
"It was beautiful to see you, to hear you, and to celebrate with you. You gave us hope and joy throughout all of our games. We will keep our heads up and we will come back stronger.”
Despite his goal against Switzerland, Pogba still earned some criticism from a section of fans for his defensive frailties with the scores 3-1.
Mbappe apologises to France fans
Young French forward Kylian Mbappe also issued a statement to France fans on Tuesday, June 29, where he apologised for missing the decisive penalty against Switzerland.
Mbappe was clearly distraught after the match as he took responsibility for his side’s exit, despite the fact that his teammates refused to pass on the blame.
"I'm sorry about this penalty. I wanted to help the team but I failed. It's going to be hard to sleep after this, but unfortunately, these are the ups and downs of this sport that I love so much," Mbappe posted on his Instagram stories.
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Source: Sports Brief News