Arsenal star Giroud: We silenced our critics
08:02 17 October 2012
Olivier Giroud was delighted to prove France’s credentials as his last gasp equaliser gave Didier Deschamps’ side a 1-1 draw World Cup qualifying draw with Spain in Madrid.
The Arsenal striker came off the bench in the 88th minute and headed home minutes later from a Franck Ribery cross.
World champions Spain - who had taken a first half lead through Sergio Ramos - brought Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla and Chelsea’s Fernando Torres off the bench.
The France side, meanwhile, featured Giroud’s Arsenal team-mate Laurent Koscielny and Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
“We silenced certain critics, but it’s just one match,” Giroud told L’Equipe.
“We can’t get carried away, even if it was a real pleasure to be able to respond on the pitch.”
On his goal, he said: “It all happened so fast I didn’t even know if I had touched the ball before that header.
“It was a good cross from Franck [Ribery] and I didn’t really have to think about it.
“I hope success will come back little by little [for France].”