Fans celebrate France win

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:35 IST

Thousands of people filled the streets of Paris to celebrate France's 1-0 World Cup quarterfinal victory over Brazil in Frankfurt.

Fans celebrate France win
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Thousands of people filled the streets of Paris to celebrate France's 1-0 World Cup quarterfinal victory over Brazil in Frankfurt. Striker Thierry Henry scored the winner for France, who are just two victories away from lifting the World Cup for the second time in three tournaments. French supporters packed bars and clubs across Paris on Saturday to watch their team take on reigning champions Brazil in the World Cup quarterfinals. France advanced to the final eight with a 3-1 win over Spain, and they continued their steady improvement against Brazil. French fans were given the moment they had been waiting for in the 57th minute when striker Thierry Henry volleyed in captain Zinedine Zidane's free kick. Les Bleus held on to win 1-0, proving once again to be Brazil's nemesis. The last time the South Americans were defeated in a World Cup match was the 1998 final, which they lost 3-0 to France in Paris. As was the case eight years ago, Saturday's win prompted celebrations throughout the French capital. Ecstatic Parisians poured onto the city's most famous avenue, the Champs-Elysees, setting off fireworks and waving red, white and blue French flags. "The Blues were excellent, excellent, they played so so well, it's the most beautiful match of the French team," said Philippe Morice, French fan. France now meets Portugal in the semi-finals in Munich on Wednesday. With Germany playing Italy in Tuesday's semi-final in Dortmund, this is the first all-European final four since the 1982 World Cup in Spain. (AP)

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