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The French press smashes the Blues
“Shipwreck.” “Slap.” “Disillusionment.” “Wiped out.” The French press is not going dead hand this morning to qualify the elimination of the France team last night in Bucharest against Switzerland (3-3, 4-5 on penalties). Beyond the disappointment of going out in the round of 16, it is above all the scenario of the match with such a team which remains in the throats of the French on Tuesday. How can a world champion team, leading 3-1 in the 81st minute, be caught and then beaten on penalties by a modest Swiss team (which however performed a magnificent performance yesterday)? The team, The Parisian, as well as all the regional daily press attempt to analyze this “fiasco”, as we say Alsace. But it will take a few days to analyze it with a cool head and shoulders.
Europe is ironic about Mbappé
The elimination of the Blues was official under the blows of 11:45 p.m. when Kylian Mbappé saw his 5th shot on goal stopped by Yann Sommer, “The great hero” Swiss evening, as written 20 minutes this Tuesday. This penalty caused a lot of talk this morning in the European press. Especially to ironize the fact that it was Mbappé, the French prodigy, who precipitated the fall of the world champions. “Ciao, ciao Mbappé”, writes the Gazzetta dello Sport who speaks “An incredible elimination”. “Mbappé condemns France,” write in chorus the Corriere dello Sport as well as El Pais. The news of this penalty shootout even made the headlines in Russia, where Sport Express, Talk about “The fall of the Bastille” in one of its edition of the day. A big favorite fell yesterday in Bucharest.
Spain in madness
Switzerland will find Spain in the quarter-finals of the Euro. The Spaniards, too, got out of a game “epic”, as write Sport and Mundo Deportivo, facing Croatia. After being led 0-1, Luis Enrique’s men overthrew the vice-world champions to take the lead (3-1). But then the inexplicable happened and Croatia came down to 3-3 in order to snatch an extra time. Extra time from which La Roja emerged victorious (5-3). One moment “unforgettable”, for Marca which released a magnificent double page cover this Tuesday. Now in the Top 8. Spain can even see further.