Tigers forward UANL was his country’s hero against South Africa, scoring a hat-trick in their 4-3 win
The Blues bounced back from their first 4-1 loss to Mexico, beating South Africa in spectacular fashion.
Gignac scored a superb hat-trick in the second half before Teji Savanier appeared to score a game-winning goal in late stoppage and seal a 4-3 victory for Sylvain Ripoll’s side.
What did Gignac say?
Gignac expressed his joy after the final whistle, telling reporters in his post-match interview: “There is a surge of pride, a little ego too and we win. It’s a victory that feels good and brings us together. “
the UANL Tigers The striker added on France’s chances of winning the tournament: “It won’t be easy because there has been incredible energy, but with such a young and talented squad, we can do something.
“We paid the price against Mexico, against a ready team that has been preparing for three months, always coming to the Games to do something big. We are here for the first time since 1996 but we are here, still in the battle. “
France passes South Africa’s test
After a scoreless first half, Kobamelo Kodisang gave South Africa a surprise lead in the 53rd minute, but Gignac equalized four minutes later.
South Africa regained their one-goal advantage thanks to Evidence Makgopa before Gignac equalized again with 12 minutes remaining, and the 35-year-old stepped up further after Teboho Mokoena scored 3 -2.
Gignac’s third goal came from the penalty spot to set up a tense final, with France finally emerging victorious thanks to a superb last low blow from Savanier.
France are now preparing for a meeting with Japan on Wednesday, which they must win to secure a place in the quarter-finals.