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Giroud Charges France For Euro 2016 Trophy

Posted: Jul 9, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)


Steve Oma-Ofozor


(With agency report)

Olivier Giroud, has charged his French team mates to guard against complacency and maintain the tempo of their semi finals performance ostensibly to grab the trophy saying that the game is not yet done.

The Arsenal striker made the statement while reflecting on the semi-final triumph that marked France’s first victory over Germany in a major tournament since 1958, adding that they should look beyond the game.

“It was an emotional night, we will enjoy it and then focus on Portugal,” Giroud said.

Giroud’s counseling implies that France would not be  dwelling on the semi final result as they seek to claim a third European Championship title on Sunday, having won their two previous finals in the event, in 1984 and 2000.

Giroud commenting further via BeIN Sport said: “It’s been a while since we beat that team in a big match. We’re very tired, but very happy tonight. We’re going to enjoy this and then concentrate on the final on Sunday.

He added that winning the trophy would mark a turning point in his career: “I’d like to write a chapter in history and achieve something great on Sunday. We hope there will be a great ending to this tournament, we can’t stop now.”

It would be recalled that Antoine Griezmann brace inspired France to the 2-0 victory against the world champions in Marseille on Thursday, setting up a showdown with Portugal in the process.

Griezmann converted a penalty on the stroke of half-time, before sealing the win with 18 minutes remaining.

“It was a key moment to score the first goal, the penalty changed the game because Germany had created some chances in the first half but weren’t able to score,” Giroud concluded.