‘We were lucky’ – France star reacts after knocking England out of World Cup

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France star and former Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has reacted after France knocked England out of the World Cup.

Giroud scored the winner as France beat England 2-1, with England striker Harry Kane missing a penalty late in the game.

“Maybe they deserved more but at the end of the day it’s small details that make the difference at this level,” Giroud told ITV.

“It remind me a bit of the game against Belgium [at the 2018 World Cup semi-final] where we were 1-0 up and we had to defend, to show a lot of slidairy, generousity.

“We’ve shown it again today. At the end, we were very efficient in their box. It’s football you know small margins.”

Giroud insists he wasn’t too sure about the awarding of England’s second penalty, which Harry Kane missed.

The referee only gave the second penalty after consulting VAR, despite having a clear view of Mason Mount being barged to the ground by Theo Hernandez.

Giroud added: “I was telling the ref it was a tough decision to give the penalty.

“This kind of foul you see it every single game. The striker didn’t expect the defender behind him but I get that every single game and felt it was a bit harsh!

“I didn’t say anything to Harry, I was just talking to the ref but you can’t undo anything. He took the decision and then we were lucky that he didn’t put it in the back of the net.”