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Olivier Giroud hails French belief after netting late equaliser against Spain

Giroud hails French belief
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Olivier Giroud believes that France deserved to snatch a late point against Spain thanks to his headed equaliser in the 93rd minute.

France striker Olivier Giroud has insisted that his side always believed they could earn a result against Spain after his equaliser secured Les Blues a 1-1 draw in Madrid.

Spain led for much of the showpiece World Cup qualifier thanks to an early goal from Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos.

The defending world champions spurned a glorious opportunity to double their advantage when Cesc Fabregas saw his penalty saved by Hugo Lloris.

Didier Deschamps side pressed late on and punished Spain for their wasteful finishing when Arsenal forward Giroud calmly headed home a cross from Franck Ribery deep into injury time.

"We believed until the end, it is something extraordinary coming back from a game like this because we had opportunities throughout the game," Giroud told TF1.

"This is really deserved because the whole group remained supportive. Today, it is me who made the difference and it's nice because I only played five minutes. It was really good and we all believed until the end."

Giroud's goal stopped Spain winning a qualifying match for the first time since 2007.

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· After silvers in both the men's and women's events, Team GB will be fancied to get on the podium again in the mixed relay (11.30pm-1am)

· Touted as Michael Phelps's successor, Caeleb Dressel already has two gold medals from these Games and he will be going for a third in the men's 50m butterfly final (2.30am)
· It is Katie Ledecky vs. Ariarne Titmus III in the women's 800m freestyle final, with Ledecky entering as firm favourite (2.46am)
· Great Britain will be heavily fancied to add another gold medal to their swimming haul, having produced by far the fastest qualifying time for the mixed 4x100m medley relay final (3.43am)

· Dina Asher-Smith is one of three British women in the 100m semi-finals (3.01am-3.20am), and will hope to challenge for a medal in what is likely to be a star-studded final (1.50pm)
· The inaugural Olympic 4x400m mixed relay event concludes with Great Britain one of the eight finalists going for gold (1.35pm)

· Team GB's dreams of an unlikely gold are still alive in the women's event as they face France in their semi-final (3.30am). The winners will face either New Zealand or Fiji in the gold medal match later in the day (10am)

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· Following his shock semi-final defeat, ending his hopes of a Golden Slam in 2021, Novak Djokovic battles for bronze against Pablo Carreno Busta (7am)
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