Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud was key in helping France to reach the semi-final of the European Championships last night, and is now eyeing a win over rivals Germany. These two teams were favourites going in to the competition and if you are thinking about backing either then I suggest you check out the guide to the bet365 promo code so you can use the bookies money to follow your team.
The French side took an impressive 5-2 win in the quarter finals to set up a tie against the World Cup winners, and Giroud is now looking forward to extending that run on home soil.
“I don’t know whether that is my best performance for France,” he said. “I have had other good games. But out of the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016 it is probably my best in a major tournament.
“I felt really good physically right from the start of the match. We are used to making bad starts to matches and we changed that. We need to retain that.
“We were on top form from the first minute and we were very clinical.”
While Giroud was happy to see France avoid another slow start against Iceland, he admitted the prospect of world champions Germany in the semi-final is a completely different proposition.
“They are the world champions and they are often in the last four of major tournaments,” he said.
“We have a lot of desire to try and get our own back for what happened in the World Cup [a 1-0 quarter-final defeat in 2014]. We beat them here in a friendly [2-0 in November] but it will be completely different.
“I hope in Marseille the French public are as excitable as they were [in Paris against Iceland] and will support us all the way.
“We are lucky enough to play a semi-final in front of a home crowd.
“I am very proud of what this side is achieving and I hope that once again we will come up with the right result.”
Giroud will no doubt be happy with his performance, and should he and his team-mates replicate that, they may well eliminate Mesut Ozil’s Germany to reach the final.
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