Seconds were left, France were very close to earning a precious point in Sweden, when their captain Hugo Lloris practically gave the ball away to Ola Toivonen.
The Swedish forward didn’t think twice, kicked the ball as it came to him even though he was at the center of the field, and he did send it in, leaving Lloris and the rest of the French in disbelief.
I am not going to condemn Hugo. He has often been decisive with us
France coach Didier Deschamps told TF1.
He preferred to control the ball. If he clears the ball far and away, there is no way it comes back. But he knows that. He knows it is his fault and it cost us
the French coach also said, before talking about how things were in the dressing room a bit earlier.
He is a keeper who made a mistake and it is noticed more than an outfield player. It is unfortunate for him and for the whole team. The players were extremely dejected, Hugo most of all. Losing always hurts and under these circumstances it hurts more
Deschamps said. France are no longer first, since Sweden, who have the same points, have a better goal difference than them.