herald

Monday 18 December 2017

Lloris looks for positives after defeat

FRANCE keeper Hugo Lloris admitted to "mixed feelings" after his side last night qualified for the European Championship quarter-finals as Group D runners-up.

Les Bleus were beaten 2-0 by already eliminated Sweden in their final group game, their first defeat in 24 matches, meaning England's 1-0 win over Ukraine was enough to pinch top spot.

That in turn secured Roy Hodgson's men a last-eight clash with Italy and left France to face reigning world and European champions and Group C winners Spain.

Lloris said: "I have mixed feelings. A positive point is, of course, the fact we have qualified, and we have to bear that in mind. We must remain positive and prepare for what will be a difficult quarter-final.

"We couldn't find the right solutions, but against Spain it will be completely different.

"It will be a great test for us. We'll have to be there and end that match with as few regrets as possible."

Defender Gael Clichy added: "We wanted to win but we came up against a very good team with great players. We have to acknowledge that we played poorly."

Promoted articles

Entertainment News