Newcastle United defender Fabian Schar has posted on Instagram after Switzerland’s exit from Euro 2020.
The nation went out at the quarter-final stage last week at the hands of Spain.
After toppling world champions France in the last 16, Vladimir Petkovic’s side took the sixth-ranked nation to penalties.
It wasn’t to be, as three Swiss players failed from the spot, giving Spain a 3-1 shootout win.
Schar was one of the players to miss.
He converted coolly against France, but was unable to convert past Unai Simon.
It has been a whirlwind few weeks for the 29-year-old.
He had battled back to fitness after suffering a knee injury for Newcastle.
At the tournament, he started the first two games, before dropping to the bench against Turkey.
He was then brought on against France and Spain in extra-time.
Yesterday Schar took to Instagram to make an emotional post.
He said: “Probably the bitterest moment of my career. Unfortunately, that’s part of the sport. What we’ve done is incredible. I am extremely proud to be part of this team and this family.
“To see what has caused all this in the whole country, I can not write in words. The emotions, the joy, the suffering of every single one of them touches me extremely. I would like to thank the whole country for the incredible support, seeing Switzerland as a family is the most beautiful thing we have been able to achieve. Thank you SWITZERLAND.”
Hopefully, Schar can channel the pain and use it as motivation to excel in black and white.
For a variety of reasons he struggled last term. But he’s a great player has a big part to play in 2021/22.
The club decided to extend his contract, and hopefully he can vindicate that decision.