Deschamps: 'A very important victory'
France boss Didier Deschamps was a happy man after Olivier Giroud's lone strike secured a 1-0 win in a robust contest in Iceland on Friday night; opposite number Erik Hamren was 'proud and disappointed'.
Friday, 11 October, 2019
UEFA EURO 2020 Qualifying
Iceland 0 - 1 France
Erik Hamren (Iceland coach): "I am proud of the players and the team. We did everything we could. But I am necessarily disappointed not to have won a single point despite the courage shown. I am proud and disappointed. [On the penalty awarded to France] From my point of view, there was no penalty. But I talked to the players and they told me there was one. [For the Euro qualification] Now we need France's help - we need them to beat Turkey [Monday at the Stade de France], and then we have to win our last three matches."
Didier Deschamps (France coach): "We suspected that it was going to be a physical battle and it was, but we were up to the task. It remained relatively closed in the first half; we had two small opportunities. We had more in the second half, and we could have killed the match off. Against an opponent who plays a very direct game, we were very, very solid. We didn't give them any chances. It was a tough game. The players who came on did well. This is a very important victory for us."