The upsets continued apace at UEFA EURO 2004™ last night with Greece sensationally knocking out holders France in the quarter-finals. The result sparked disbelief in today's newspapers in both countries.
France 0-1 Greece
OK, so France didn't get knocked out in the first round, but is the pain of defeat any less? This quarter-final tie against Greece confirmed, amplified and distilled, in 90 minutes, all the reasons why this French team has lost, over the course of this tournament, the immense credit with which they entered it. Not bad against England, inconsistent against Croatia, and worrying against Switzerland, France reached a new level on Friday, which most people did not think them capable of following their post-2002 renaissance. (L'Equipe)
Jacques Santini's men had provided a pragmatic response to any criticism of their play, saying that they had finished top of their group despite any problems. That position allowed them to tackle, on Friday evening, the least experienced of the quarter-finalists. But against such an opponent - who, admittedly, do have qualities of their own - Les Bleus should have made their class tell. (Le Monde)
It's not a joke, it's not virtual reality: Greece have knocked out European champions France. What joy, what pride they have filled us with! It's true, Greece won 1-0 thanks to an Angelos Charisteas goal in the 65th minute which came after a stunning move by Theodoros Zagorakis. The Czech Republic or Denmark now stand between us and the final. (Sportime)
Greece continued their triumphant run. Our team knocked out France, bringing people on to the streets again to celebrate. Now our team is looking at a place in the final. History can no longer wait. Greece are among the best four sides in Europe and the dream goes on. (Ta Nea)
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