Paris Saint Germain forward Kylian Mbappe missed the crucial penalty as Euro 2020 favorites France were eliminated by Switzerland in a thrilling 5-4 penalty shoot-out after a dramatic 3-3 draw in Monday’s last-16 tie.
France looked to have battled back from the brink after going a goal down early on and conceding a penalty, only to then find themselves 3-1 up with 15 minutes of regulation time remaining in Bucharest.
Haris Seferovic broke the deadlock in the first half before Ricardo Rodriguez had a penalty saved that could have made it 2-0 for Switzerland. Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema scored twice and Paul Pogba put France 3-1 up with a screamer 15 minutes to end of normal time.
However, Seferovic headed in his second goal of the game for Switzerland and substitute Mario Gavranovic hammered in a last-minute equalizer to send the game to extra time.
In the extra-time, both sides had chances but poor finishing meant the game went to penalties. Mbappe was the only player who failed to score in the shootout, Yann Sommer delivering an excellent save.
Mbappe’s disappointing tournament was summed up with the unsuccessful kick that sent France packing.
Switzerland will now play Spain, who also came through a thriller – 5-3 after extra time against Croatia – in the quarter-final.