French star Olivier Giroud was overjoyed after he led his country to defeat his English counterpart 1-2 on Saturday evening at the end of the quarter-finals of the 2022 World Cup held in Qatar, praising the Moroccan national team before facing the two teams in the Golden Square.
Giroud scored the decisive second goal for the French national team against his English counterpart at Al Bayt Stadium, to lead the team to the Golden Square, where it will face its Moroccan counterpart on Wednesday at the same stadium.
Giroud, who was crowned player of the match, said in the press conference: It is a tremendous joy that we will live tonight, and from tomorrow we will start working because we still have two matches to look forward to, and we hope to go as far as possible.
Giroud, who raised his score in the current World Cup to four goals, added: On Wednesday, we will face the Moroccan national team, a wonderful team that has demonstrated strength, mental toughness and high skills. In this match, we had the opportunity not to go to extra times. Now we will enjoy the victory, but we have to prepare to do what we must Submission to Morocco.
And about his feeling of scoring a goal today, as well as the first goal in the round of sixteen match that ended with a 3-1 victory over Poland, Giroud said: The two goals were great for me, but the last one was much better. I had an opportunity before that and tried to score, but I was probably more hasty than The necessary and Pickford (England goalkeeper) made a save, but I expected to have a chance after that, and indeed when I scored I had an indescribable feeling.
And he talked about the state of mind of the French team in the 2018 World Cup, which won its title, as well as in the current World Cup, saying: I can say that this match strangely reminds me of our match against Belgium in the (semi-finals) in 2018 (which ended with France’s victory 1-0).
He explained: Where we advance in goals at that time and then we held together to preserve the result, but the scenario this time is different because they (England national team) returned in this match and then continued to press and had confidence in their chances.
And he continued: But then they realized our danger in counter-attacks, the important thing in such matches is that it depends on the details and on the effectiveness in the attacks. We formed pressure and they also did that, but luck played a role as well.