Misfiring Olivier Giroud making unwanted World Cup history for France

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"When you are a striker like me, you always play for the teammates", Giroud said.

Giroud predicted a tight game against Belgium, saying he felt it would be "a 50-50 match". We gave everything we have got.

MOSCOW, July 9 ― Belgium will be deeply disappointed if they fail to win the World Cup, defender Thomas Vermaelen said yesterday, in the first direct acknowledgement of the team's belief in their ability to emerge triumphant in Russian Federation. He hadn't played a lot of football, to tell the truth.

"There is no revenge in football, I don't like that word", he said in his official press conference on Monday.

Giroud can score - his 31 career goals are tied with Zinedine Zidane for fourth place on the Bleus' all-time scoring list - but history shows that France doesn't need its center forward to score if it wants to win its second World Cup title.




"I believe in it of course, especially as we find ourselves in the semi-finals having knocked out one of the top favourites".

French teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe shattered Leo Messi's World Cup dreams when he scored a brace in the quarterfinals of the tournaments when Argentina went head to head against France. If we are world champions without me scoring, I don't mind.

And after another World Cup campaign ended in disappointment for Neymar, the Paris Saint-Germain star was left inconsolable on the pitch at full-time.

Mayor Sergei Gromov says "we were supporting Russian Federation but now it's turned out like that (that Russian Federation was eliminated), we're going to support France and wish it success". France and Belgium have met each other 73 times in all competitions and the latter has an upper hand as they have won 30 times.

However, he is now working as a assistant coach for Belgium, who will face his home Country in the World Cup semi-final on Tuesday evening. He might not have the flamboyant style but the team needs him even if he doesn't score.

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