France skipper Hugo Lloris has explained why Harry Kane missed his penalty kick in Saturday’s Qatar 2022 World Cup quarter-final clash.
With less than 10 minutes left and England down by 2-1, Kane had the opportunity to draw the Three Lions level.
He had earlier converted from the spot to cancel out Aurelian Tchouameni’s first half opener.
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However, the Tottenham Hotspur striker shot over the bar as France went on to reach the semi-finals.
And reacting to Kane’s crucial penalty miss in a video on French Team’s Twitter handle, Lloris said:”The first one, we know each other so well, that I said to myself he’ll change. But he stayed with his usual. And the second one I went the right way. Certainly he must have been feeling the pressure so he lifted it a bit, he forced it a bit. It was an important moment in the game.”
Up next for France is a semi-final clash with surprise team of the tournament Atlas Lions of Morocco.
The Moroccans shocked Portugal 1-0 in the quarter-finals thanks to a Yousseff En-nesyri’s first half goal.
The win saw Morocco become the first African country to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup.