French playmaker Zinedine Zidane has described the 1-0 quarter-final win over Brazil as “beautiful”.
Zidane, who was inspirational on the night, said: “We needed a great match and we delivered. We knew we would have to be fit physically and we were.
“We fought closely together for a well-deserved victory. Now we’ll try to win a place in the final.
“This is so beautiful, we want it to carry on,” added Zidane, who retires after the World Cup.
Coach Raymond Domenech, whose side now face Portugal in the semi-finals, was ovberwhelmed by the performanc of his ageing team.
Of course this is fantastic, exciting and everything but this is just a step forward,” said Domenech. “What we want is the final and we have another match to win to get there.”
“It was extraordinary. Sometimes there aren’t any words to describe what you’re experiencing,” said Domenech.
“I tackled with them, I shot with them. The old men are still around.
“Portugal won’t be easy but for the moment, let me enjoy this. There’s only football to offer you great moments like this.”
Domenech said, his players should follow Zidane’s example.
“He’s playing so well because he realises the end of his career is near and he is giving it all he has,” the coach said.
“I would like all the players to play the next match as if it were their last.”
Goalscorer Henry said the game had gone according to plan.
“We played well. We didn’t steal anything from anybody. We had a tactical plan and it worked perfectly,” he said.
“We wanted to prove after what happened in 2002 that we were not rubbish,” he added, referring to France’s humiliating exit four years ago.