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UEFA Euro 2016: France to avenge World Cup defeat against Germany, says Olivier Giroud

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 4 July 2016, 15:45 IST

France has made its way into the Euro 2016 semi-finals after pipping Iceland 5-2 at the Stade de France.

France's Olivier Giroud scored twice while Paul Pogba, Dimitri Payet and Antoine Griezmann scored a goal each. Giroud has said that the match was his best performance in the tournament so far.

"From my perspective I am pleased, no more than that. I am very happy for the team, my family and the French public as a whole. I don't know whether that is my best performance for France, 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 the first minute and we were very clinical," Goal.com quoted the Arsenal star, as saying.

Speaking about the semi-finals against Germany, Giroud said: "They are the world champions and they are often in the last four of major tournaments. 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 2015) 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," he told Goal.com.

First published: 4 July 2016, 15:45 IST