It was a case of expectancy overcoming hope at the Stade de France, where police carried out a controlled explosion on a suspicious vehicle outside the ground's perimeter in the hours before kick-off. "But we are there, in the final four, and we will give our all against the best team not only in Europe, but the world", he said of the clash against Germany.
France have not beaten the Germans in a competitive fixture since 1958, but Giroud believes home support will play a massive factor when they will attempt to alter the wretched record.
"We're very pleased with our performance tonight". We're disappointed but still incredibly proud.
Giroud netted another in the second half, and also provided an assist in the victory over Iceland, and was effective in linking up with his more dynamic teammates.
Olivier Giroud has said his performance in France's Euro 2016 quarterfinal win over Iceland may have been his best for his country.
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A crushing 5-2 victory lined up a semifinal with Germany as France displayed the attacking ruthlessness that had been missing in its previous four games at the tournament.
"In this competition although they had a scare against Italy, they've been in control in their games".
France manager Didier Deschamps felt his team thoroughly deserved their place in the semi-finals of Euro2016. But France feel their defeat in the 1982 semi-final when Patrick Battiston suffered critical injuries even more. We made some silly mistakes, and we didn't do well as a team. I've enjoyed - maybe not the first 45 minutes today - but all my time in Iceland and it's been a privilege to be involved.
France striker Antoine Griezmann said taking on the Germans in front of a predominantly French crowd at the Stade Velodrome will help.
There was a brief respite for Iceland as they clawed a goal back 11 minutes after the break when Kolbeinn Sigthorsson slid in at the near post to convert Gylfi Sigurdsson's low cross, but their raised spirits were swiftly doused.
But all thoughts of an unlikely comeback were erased just minutes later, as Giroud beat goalkeeper Halldorsson to a great delivery from Payet to make it 5-1.
Iceland were rewarded for their perseverance though as they grabbed a second goal when Bjarnason headed in Ari Skulason's cross on 84 minutes.
"Now we have gotten a taste of being at the big stage, we love it and we belong here", said Halldorsson.