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Superpowers England and France catapulted together in a wild quarter-final match.
Aurelien Tchouameni sent the “blues” ahead with a wonderful goal, before Harry Kane equalized for the English from the penalty spot.
Olivier Giroud gave France a new lead, while Keane had a chance from the penalty spot for the second time in the match. The sky blew high.
– TV 2 expert commentator Peter Myhre said it almost always hits, but the pressure is inhumane.
– He joins an endless stream of English penalty takers who have become famous or infamous for their misses. Gareth Southgate (England coach) is one of those. It happens again and again, says Eric Thorstvedt after the game.
In the 1996 European Championship semi-final, Southgate missed a penalty shootout against Germany. sent the English out of the tournament.
Jordan Henderson supports his teammate after the match.
– We know how many penalty kicks he scored for us. Register in the first. He contributed many goals and that is the reason we are here at all. I am sure he will come out of this stronger. He is a global player. Our captain. We wouldn’t be here without him, says Henderson.
The Liverpool star struggled to find the right words after the World Cup exit.
It was disappointing to end up 0-1, but we showed our mentality when we carried things on in the second half and equalized. We gave it our all and unfortunately it wasn’t our night.
– After each tournament, we sat down, reviewed and reflected. We need some time to make sure we’re making the right decisions, Southgate tells ITV about the future after the World Cup exit.
Despite the loss, experts praised England.
— it’s a reminder that sport at the top level is just as brutal. England were fantastic and the best team but you have to give France credit for the way they managed to win, says former Manchester United captain Roy Keane on ITV.
Heartbreaking again, but nothing wrong with losing to an excellent French side and congratulations to them, writes former England player Gary Lineker Twitter.
WC meets surprise
– It’s great, it was a great match. “We met England very well, but we responded again,” Didier Deschamps tells TF1.
In the semi-finals, Morocco awaits the Black Blues, who advanced after a historic victory over Portugal earlier on Saturday.
We will prepare well before the Morocco match, as they deserve appreciation. Morocco is nothing but a surprise, and we will take them seriously, says the French national team manager
– a huge achievement
It was England who took the lead in the game, while France relaxed and waited on the counter-attack.
That’s exactly what happened 17 minutes later. Mbappe sprinted forward, with the ball eventually finishing off Tchoameni. The 22-year-old curled the ball into the corner past an unchanged Jordan Pickford.
TV2’s Myhre said it’s a massive achievement to score from there.
– Ann Sturd said in TV 2’s World Cup studio, that it is Tchuameni who will score his first goal this season, and his second goal with France, I would not have put the money.
England looked for an equalizer and put Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris through several tries. The Frenchman fought back well, but was forced to concede when Bukayo Saka was awarded a penalty in the 51st minute.
Harry Kane took a long time before shooting his clubmate. In the end, he hit the ball into the corner.
The winning goal came after 78 minutes, after a great header from Giroud. England didn’t get close to Kane’s penalty, and they have to go home.
Goal: Giroud (France) 1-2 (78′)
– It’s unusual. We did very well in defense after we took the lead. It reminded me of the game against Belgium in 2018. Unfortunately we missed that penalty. It was a very tough fight. We knew the potential of this English generation. We played a strong game. I’m very proud of this team,” match winner Olivier Giroud tells TF1.
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