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Giroud and Gigi on target in French victory over Germany

Olivier Giroud and Andre-Pierre Gignac were on target on Friday evening when France beat Germany 2-0.

Both teams had a fair amount of chances to put one away in the first half, but it was Giroud who would quiet down the haters in the Stade de France when he capitalize on the last kick of the first half through Anthony Martial’s brilliant run to score pass Neuer to put Les Bleus ahead. This 1-0 lead meant that Giroud had scored France’s 1400th goal. He really is a history maker. He scored Wenger’s 2000th goal a few weeks ago.

GIF via Tumblr

In the 52nd minute, Griezmann has the ball in the net, but the goal was ruled out as Giroud was rightly offside in the build up. A smiling Hatem Ben Arfa made his return for France after 3 years when he replaced Griezmann in the 80th minute to huge applause.

In the 84th minute Les Bleus put the game to sleep when Blaise Matuidi’s pass find Gignac


^ Giroud has now scored in his last 3 matches against Manuel Neuer (twice for Arsenal and on Friday for France).


The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.

Proverbs 18:10

It was the first half during France v Germany when television viewers (and spectators) heard an explosion that rocked the Stade de France. I, like many others, thought it was akin to a fireworks display, not knowing that it was something far more sinister outside the gates of the Stade de France.

After the game, the Stade de France was locked down sealing the spectators and footballers safely inside. I don’t want to dwell further into these cowardly attacks seeing that it was broadcasted enough over the weekend in our living rooms, but seeing the French footballers looking so powerless in the tunnel as they looked on at the breaking news was achingly sad. Among the victims was Lassana Diarra’s cousin, Asta Diakite. Diarra participated in France v Germany playing 80 minutes. The midfielder confirmed his cousin’s death on social media and tweeted:

“In this atmosphere of terror, I’s very important for all of us who are representing our country and its diversity to talk and stay close together in front of something horrible, which has no color and no religion. Together we have to all protect love, respect and peace. Thanks for your support and your messages. Take care of you and yours and may the victims rest in peace.”

May his cousin, whom was like a ‘big sister’ to him rest in peace.

Antoine Greizmann had announced that his sister survived the attack on the Bataclan Theater.

Photo credit: Daily Mail

I want to commend some people:

^ The security personnel who opened the gates to let new fans into the stadium allowing them to take refuge on the field.

^ The fans and footballers for remaining calm during this terrible encounter.

^ The citizens on social media (notably Twitter) for offering people on the streets of Paris somewhere to take refuge using the hashtag #PorteOuverte (open door).

^ The rest of the world for offering prayers and support for the people of not only Paris, but of France.

Angels with silver wings
Shouldn’t know suffering
I wish I could take the pain for you
If God has a master plan
That only He understands
I hope it’s your eyes He’s seeing through




My heart simply beats football.

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