The Manchester United star’s nation crashed out earlier than expected after being beaten on penalties by underdogs Switzerland on Monday evening, a game in which Pogba was central to
Paul Pogba has broken his silence following France’s shock exit from Euro 2020 on Monday.
The Manchester United midfielder scored a spectacular goal which looked to have sealed the game for Les Blues, only for his added-time error to allow Switzerland to score an equaliser and make it 3-3.
The match, played in Bucharest, ultimately went to penalties and French star Kylian Mbappe missed the decisive penalty.
Amid reports of post-match disruption, Pogba has spoken for the first time since his nation, who were favourites to win the tournament, crashed out on a blockbuster night of European Championship action as Spain also beat Croatia 5-3 after extra-time.
The goalscorer, who was arguably France’s best player during their four-game run, posted on Instragam alongside an image of his stunning nearly 30-yard strike: “Sometimes football can be cruel… cruel and also beautiful.
“Yesterday [Monday], the game brought us sadness but happiness to our opponents.
“That’s the beauty of football,” explained the 28-year-old.
“Of course we all wished that we could have had a positive result.”
Having lifted the World Cup with Les Blues in 2018, Pogba showed his appreciation to his supporters, including those outside of France as his side played in three different countries.
“Thank you so much to all of our fans across the globe,” said the Red Devils star.
“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.”
He respectfully added: “Finally, I want to wish congratulations to Switzerland.”
United team-mate Luke Shaw, who starred in England’s historic victory over Germany on Tuesday, offered support by replying: “Keep your head up bro, you’re the best.”
Jesse Lingard also commented: “The best,” along with a heart and flame emoji.
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Firm underdogs Switzerland drew first blood 15 minutes in when Haris Seferovic scored a superb header before Ricardo Rodriguez missed the chance to make it 2-0 shortly after half-time, as France and Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris saved his penalty.
Les Blues then woke up, scoring twice in the following four minutes through Karim Benzema, who was recalled by Didier Deschamps after seven years out of the national setup due to off-the-field reasons.
Pogba appeared to have wrapped things up when he unleashed his shot, leaving Swiss stopper Yann Sommer helpless to prevent the world champions from taking a two-goal advantage and save Mbappe’s initial blushes, who had fluffed a chance seven minutes earlier.
On the 81-minute mark, though, Seferovic scored another header to reduce the deficit and set up a tense finale.
The United man was then dispossessed around the halfway line in added-time, which sent Switzerland through to score a dramatic leveller and win on 5-4 penalties following a dull half-hour of extra-time.
Post-match, EDS via Get French Football News reported the aftermath of the shock defeat.
They claim that Adrien Rabiot and Pogba insulted one another, with Juventus playmaker Rabiot unhappy with his team-mate’s defensive efforts.
Real Madrid defender and reported Red Devils target Raphael Varane insulted Benjamin Pavard, who gave away the Swiss penalty in normal time.
However, Varane backed Pavard up when the Bayern Munich full-back took aim at the United powerhouse.
It follows a miserable time on the pitch for Pogba, who also lost the Europa League final on penalties with the Red Devils in May.
With one year remaining on his contract, agent Mino Raiola and United are set to now sit down and discuss the no.6’s future after five up-and-down years back in Manchester as the club’s record signing.
In December, Raiola claimed it was “over” for Pogba at Old Trafford, but his performances in the second half of last season gave supporters belief that the academy product was committed to the cause.