The world of football remained stunned after the defeat of the world champion France by Switzerland with 4-5 in the execution of penalties during the match of the eighth finals of Euro 2020 here on Monday night.
Switzerland knocked France out of the tournament to secure a quarter-final clash against Spain after Swiss goalkeeper Jan Sommer denied French striker Killian Mbape’s striker a shootout.
Both teams were a 3-3 draw at the end of overtime.
The English footballer, who became a commentator Gary Lineker, congratulated the achievements of Switzerland, posting a series of tweets to evaluate the boys of the manager Vladimir Petkovic.
“What a game. What a tournament. What a day. What a Somer,” tweeted the football great, appreciating the rescue of Swiss goalkeeper Jan Somer.
Sommer dived to the right and received a strong hand for Mbape’s efforts, pulling him out to send the Swiss.
In another tweet, Lineker, who is considered one of England’s greatest strikers, wrote: “Switzerland was sensational and deserves great credit for attacking from the first minute to the last.
Another England player, Michael Owen, who played for Liverpool and Spanish giants Real Madrid, wrote on Twitter: “What a football day. I’ll have to reconsider my predictions now that France is out. You guessed it … He’s coming home [emoticon: England flag]. “
While social media was uncompromising about Mbappe, posting memes of the PSG striker, the legendary Pele wrote on Twitter: “Keep your head up, Kaylian! Tomorrow is the first day of a new trip, @KMbappe.”
Daniel Sturridge, the 31-year-old striker who wore the England shirt and played for several top clubs in the Premier League such as Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool, said that social media should not insult Mbape for the missed penalty.
“Everyone should cool off with the jokes and show a little love and support for the young talent @KMbappe. This man is world class at the age of 22! He will only improve and will learn from tonight. I can’t wait to see your return and be evenly better next season bro, stay strong [emoticon: heart],” he said.
French coach Didier Deschamps also said fans should not be critical of Mbape for the failed penalty, saying: “Killian Mbape is incredibly sad, as are all the players, but no one can be upset with him as he has taken the responsibility to take the fifth punishment. “