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Brazil Legend Pele Sends Message To Kylian Mbappe Over Decisive Penalty Miss In France Defeat

Adnan Riaz

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Brazil Legend Pele Sends Message To Kylian Mbappe Over Decisive Penalty Miss In France Defeat

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Brazil legend Pele has sent a reassuring message to Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe after his crucial penalty miss for France.

Switzerland clashed with the 2018 World Cup champions in their Euro 2020 last-16 tie at the National Arena in Bucharest, Romania, on Monday.

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France were placed on the back foot in the first half after Haris Seferovic opened the scoring for Switzerland.

However, Didier Deschamps' men rallied back in the second half thanks to a stunning brace from Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.

Manchester United star Paul Pogba put France 3-1 up with a sensational strike from outside of the box, but the French team's lead would be shattered ahead of full-time.

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Seferovic completed his brace and Mario Gavranovic fired past Hugo Lloris to send the round-of-16 clash to extra time.

Pogba, Olivier Giroud, Marcus Thuram and Presnel Kimpembe all scored their respective penalties during the shootout.

However, Mbappe's spot-kick effort was saved by Yann Sommer as Switzerland sealed a memorable win over France.

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Pele took to Twitter and told Mbappe to 'keep his head up' after his penalty miss against Switzerland.

The 80-year-old Brazilian tweeted: "Keep your head up, Kylian! Tomorrow is the first day of a new journey, @KMbappe."

Mbappe, 22, has broken his silence on Instagram over his penalty miss as he admitted that he "failed" France, saying the sadness from their Euro 2020 exit was "immense."

Deschamps, 52, admitted that the France international was "obviously very affected" by his penalty miss against Switzerland.

The France manager said: "Nobody can be annoyed with him. When you take the responsibility, it can happen. He is obviously very affected by it."

Lloris insisted there would be "no pointing fingers" over who was to blame for the defeat, saying they are all "responsible" for France's Euro 2020 exit.

"We win together, we lose together," he said.

"We are all responsible for being eliminated at this stage of the competition. There is no pointing fingers."

Topics: Football, Euro 2020, UEFA, Pele, Kylian Mbappe, France, Switzerland

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