Granit Xhaka apologies after penalty miss costs Switzerland in Euro 2016

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Granit Xhaka posted a message on Facebook after his missed penalty allowed Poland to progress to the European Championship quarter-final.

The Arsenal man missed Switzerland’s second penalty in the shootout, allowing Adam Nawalka’s team to advance 5-4 on penalties.

Xhaka, 23, enjoyed a fine 120 minutes but when the pressure was on, he blasted his effort wide.


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It means Switzerland’s tournament ends in disappointment after Xherdan Shaqiri’s stunning equaliser sent the game to extra-time.

Jakub Blaszczykowski had opened the scoring and Poland were eventually relieved with Xhaka’s miss.

The former Borussia Monchengladbach star wrote: “We and, above all, I, too, are after this game just disappointed. We were especially in the second half and in the extension of the better team, deserved it, had to win. The more it makes me sad that I have forgiven decisive penalty - I'm sorry for my teammates, the fans, cheerers for Switzerland. Anyone who knows me knows that I would give anything, to come back stronger! Your Granite.”

The translation was provided by Facebook. While not entirely discernible, you get the gist of Xhaka’s comments.

Arsenal fans were probably delighted with Xhaka’s miss.

After watching him shine for Switzerland, they can’t wait to see what he does at the Emirates Stadium.

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