“As the captain and the one who missed the penalty, I take responsibility for that,” he said.
“I prepare [the same] if I get one penalty or two penalties in a game. I can’t fault my preparation or the details before the game.
“I felt confident taking it, I just didn’t execute it the way I wanted to. Of course, it will be something I have to live with and take on the chin.”
Results from the quarter finals round of matches meant that Brazil, The Netherlands, Portugal and England have bade goodbye to the beautiful city of Doha while the likes of Croatia, Argentina, Morocco and France will continue to chase the most coveted trophy in World football.
Reigning World Cup champion France is hoping to join Italy and Brazil as the only countries in World Cup history to win back-to-back tournaments. With Saturday’s victory, France has now won its past 12 World Cup matches.
France will advance to play Morocco, which took down Portugal earlier Saturday, in Wednesday’s semifinal match.