Elsewhere in the other game, the Golden Generation of Belgium continued to prove their mettle at the highest stage as they ousted a domineering Brazil team out of the FIFA World Cup underway in Russian Federation. Also, Brazil is still one of the most popular teams, everybody wants to attend a Brazil game.
"I would have preferred to have Henry on our side, to give me and the other French forwards advice, but I am not too jealous", the 31-year-old Giroud said.
The Brazilian attacker drew the ire of football fans around the world for his on-pitch antics, with his regular theatrics after getting fouled becoming tiresome very quickly for supporters.
Sweden, who reached the quarter-finals courtesy of Emil Forsberg's deflected strike against Switzerland, are trying to reach their first semi-final since 1994 after a solid campaign in which they have kept three clean sheets in four matches.
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"All France knows him, what a great player he was and what an icon for football".
Neymar was ruled out by injury four years ago when Brazil slumped to a 7-1 defeat against Germany with Scolari in charge.
Kevin de Bruyne is just the second Belgian to score more than one goal in World Cup knockout matches, joining Jan Ceulemans, who scored one goal apiece in the round of 16 and the quarterfinals in 1986. Brazil hasn't had the same coach for two straight World Cups since Mario Zagallo was at the helm in 1970 and 1974. But I'd be proud to show Titi that he chose the wrong side.
"I will always remember there was a moment at 0-2 down against Japan that he's the one that is giving a bit of composure, a bit of belief into the group and he's getting everyone to know that we've still got time to get back into the game".
Both teams have earned their billing as pre-tournament favourites, with France ousting Uruguay in the last eight and Belgium stunning five-times champions Brazil to book their own semi-final spot.