These matches included some of the best I have ever seen – the Euro 84 semi-final, Yuri Djorkaeff’s match in 1996 when two golden generations faced off at the Parc des Princes, and the golden goal semi-final. at Euro 2000, settled by a penalty from Zinedine Zidane and the rather wet firecracker in the semi-final of the 2006 World Cup, also won by a pen from Zizou.
It’s strange to write about the world championships, but France admitted suffering from a lack of confidence going into this game, despite beating Portugal last year.
“We cannot calculate our efforts and the results to come,” said French captain Hugo Lloris. “I think the objective is to play the game to win it in order to maintain the good momentum and continue to gain confidence for the new competition which begins in the round of 16. “
“We had some difficulties against the Germans and the Hungarians,” Lloris said. “It will be difficult. It is a high level game, regardless of the opponent. “
Antoine Griezmann, who scored against Hungary on Saturday, believes his goal will trigger one from Kylian Mbappé or Karim Benzema, hopefully tonight. “He has chances, so a goal can come at any time,” Griezmann said. “It would be worrying if he didn’t stand a chance, but he doesn’t. “
“What every striker needs at the start of the competition is to score that first goal. The sooner that happens, the better it will be for everyone, ”said Griezmann. “They had chances, Kylian and Karim. As soon as you walk in, things will work out on their own. We just have to be patient. “
Cristiano Ronaldo has no trouble scoring and shares the tournament lead with Czech striker Patrik Schick. Romelu Lukaku and Gini Wijnaldum with three goals each.
Ronaldo has now scored a record 12 goals in five euros, three more than Michel Platini. He is only two behind the record 109 international goals of former Iranian striker Ali Daei.
“What he does is exceptional. He can score with his left foot, his right foot, his heads, ”said Griezmann, who plays for Barcelona with Lionel Messi. “We’re probably not going to see him and Leo again. It is a privilege to play with them and against them. ”