MOSCOW, November 19. France striker Olivier Giroud said, that head coach Didier Deschamps told the players to enjoy playing in the 2024 European Football Championship qualifying match against the Gibraltarians.
The meeting of Group B took place in Nice and ended with a score of 14:0 in favor of the hosts. The French won the biggest victory in their history, and also set a record for the qualifying tournaments of the European Championships. The previous record of the French national team was a victory over the Azerbaijani team with a score of 10:0 in 1995 in qualifying for the European Championship. The record for Euro qualifying tournaments previously belonged to Germany, which beat San Marino in 2006 with a score of 13:0.
“”It was a great evening. The coach told us that today we should enjoy the game, but at the same time remain serious and give it our all. At half-time he told us that we did a very good job. It was not easy to keep the pace during second half and move forward, but we wanted to achieve the record for the biggest victory, which was set in 1995 (in Auxerre) in the France-Azerbaijan match. This is good, we had great pleasure,” the website of the French Football Federation quotes Giroud as saying ( FFF) with reference to the TF1 broadcast.
“The Gibraltar team were brave and unfortunately the fact that we were in the majority made the game even more difficult for them. Celebrating a goal? It was in honor of my youngest daughter's birthday. She is three years old today! She is now he’s sleeping, but he’ll watch the replay,” the forward added.
The French team (21 points) takes first place in the standings of Group B. The French previously guaranteed themselves a place in the final part of the 2024 European Championship ahead of schedule.