Having spoken before the tournament about wanting to create football history with France, Olivier Giroud stands on the cusp of doing just that.
Les Bleus will face Portugal in Sunday’s final after Antoine Griezmann’s brace secured a 2-0 victory over Germany in last night’s semi-final.
France already have three major international tournament successes to their name, the 1984 European Championships, 1998 World Cup – both secured in Paris – and the 2000 Euros, hosted by Holland and Belgium.
Will Giroud and Koscielny join fellow French Gunners – Patrick Vieira, Emmanuel Petit, Nicolas Anelka (does he count?), Sylvain Wiltord, Robert Pires and Thierry Henry – in tasting similar success?
Ollie hopes so.
“It was an emotional night, we will enjoy it and then focus on Portugal,” he told BeIN Sport after the semi-final win.
“It was a key moment to score the first goal, the penalty changed the game because Germany had created some chances in the first half but weren’t able to score.”
“It’s been a while since we beat that team in a big match. We’re very tired but very happy tonight. We’re going to enjoy this and then concentrate on the final on Sunday.
“I’d like to write a chapter in history and achieve something great on Sunday.We hope there will be a great ending to this tournament, we can’t stop now.”
Giroud also reserved warm words for player of the tournament, Griezmann, who took his tally to six goals in six games.
“He took responsibility [for the penalty] and scored and he was in the right place at the right time for the second,” he said.
“He has really grown as this tournament has gone on, he is the man who gives us that bit extra.”
In the midst of all the joy at the Stade Velodrome, it was great to see Giroud and Koscielny take a moment to console a dejected Mesut Ozil.
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The German playmaker was good on the night but without the injured Mario Gomez his country lacked bite in the final third.
Mesut, like Rambo, will now head off on holiday for a few weeks before starting pre-season training on 1 August. He’ll likely miss the first game of the season.