France striker Olivier Giroud was the hero for France in their 2-1 win over England in the Qatar World Cup quarterfinal on Saturday night.

The big striker scored the winning goal in the 78th minute, powering home a powerful header from Antoine Griezmann’s cross from the left, to book the French their second semi-final appearance in four years.

“Grizi” sent in a great ball. It’s great for the team,” celebrated the striker.

“Tonight was a very big match, we knew England’s potential, but we were generous with our efforts and gave a very solid display.”

“We tried to be hard-hitting on the counter-attack and looked for it all of the time. I’m really proud of this team, I hope we’ll go as far as possible,” he added.

Giroud also praised France’s defense, saying that the performance reminding him of how they qualified for the 2018 final by beating Belgium.

“We worked very well defensively, it reminds me a bit of Belgium in 2018. But after we conceded the first penalty, we knew we were going to have more chances,” he concluded.

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