Gignac on smash-and-grab win over SA

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France captain and hat-trick hero Andre-Pierre Gignac has reflected on Les Bleus' smash-and-grab victory over South Africa at the Olympics on Sunday.

After suffering a humiliating 4-1 defeat to Mexico in their opening Group A encounter last week, France recorded their first win of the competition on Sunday when they emerged victorious from a seven-goal thriller against South Africa.

David Notoane's side led the match on three occassions through goals from Kobamelo Kodisang, Evidence Makgopa and Teboho Mokoena, only for Gignac (35) to equalise in each instance, before Teji Savanier delivered a late sucker-punch to earn the French a 4-3 come-from-behind triumph.

Following the match, the competition's leading goalscorer admitted that there were times he and his teammates felt as though they would be eliminated from the Olympics and that they had to dig deep in order to pull off the remarkable turnaround. 

"Honestly, it feels good [to claim the win], he told the French Football Federation.

"We felt a little inefficient in the first half, I had the impression that we would not make it, and we created very few chances as well. But then, in the second half, we scored four goals. It's football madness, that's why we love this show. It was a great game to watch. 

"We have to erase our fragility, we have to be much closer to the players defensively. These are the details [we have to work on] but we are happy with the victory, we are relieved.

"On several occasions, we felt like we were already on the plane, and then each time we managed to come back into the game. We showed a burst of pride, a little ego too. We could no longer calculate, we had to go all out.

"This victory brings us together again, we've offered ourselves a 'final' against Japan. We know they are at home. We must have this desire to surpass ourselves, to give everything. It took an incredible burst of energy but we are still here, we are still in the battle."

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