Euro 2016: France to go all out to beat Germany - Didier Deschamps

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Olivier Giroud scored two goals and set up another as the Euro 2016 hosts France thrashed Iceland 5-2 on Sunday to set up a semi-final clash against world champions Germany.

As Euro 2016 races into the semi-finals this week, the Nike Mercurial now leads the rankings overall thanks in no small part of tournament hero Dimitri Payet's three goals and seven assists managed by Belgian duo Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne prior to their elimination.

France's Olivier Giroud scored twice while Paul Pogba, Dimitri Payet and Antoine Griezmann scored a goal each.

The last time France beat Germany in a competitive fixture was at the 1958 World Cup, while the Germans won 1-0 when they met at the World Cup two years ago.

Deschamps, a former coach and player for Marseille, said the passionate local crowd could also give his young side the edge. "With the offensive play we are very happy".

"No, no - I admit I don't really think about that", he told a news conference at France's Clairefontaine training base. "We need to rest and use what we learnt tonight".

"They have a bit more experience than us and are used to these matches". Joachim Low changed against Italy, moving to a system with three central defenders, which worked well.

"Everyone talks about their attack, but they know how to defend".

Following this win, France go on to face the World Champions Germany in the semifinals in what is expected to be a nail biting encounter. They had a scare against Italy in the quarter-final but other than that, they've been in control of all the games they've played. "We're facing the best team in the world, but the lads have to believe and we want the fans to believe in us too".

Kolbeinn Sigthorsson and Birkir Bjarnason had second-half goals for the smallest nation ever to make the Euros - population 330,000; the Paris metropolitan area alone has about 33 times that - which leaves this competition having impressed many and written an underdog's tale for the ages.

"All the support we've had in Iceland - it's been absolutely fantastic". I've enjoyed every minute, except maybe the first 45 minutes today.

"It's been a privilege to take part in this journey".

The performance of Iceland will no doubt see Lagerback receive offers to carry on in management. With all the fans coming here and what we heard from back home, and all the positivity and interest - I feel it deep in my heart.

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