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France must deal with new pressure of expectation
After pulsating 5-2 win against the Swiss, France must deal with new pressure of expectation
By JEROME PUGMIRE
Associated Press
2014-06-22 03:22 AM

RIBEIRAO PRETO, Brazil (AP) -- Having captured the attention at the World Cup with some scintillating attacking football, France's players are now in unknown territory after raising expectations back home.

"Vertigineux" (vertiginous) was the front page headline of sports daily L'Equipe on Saturday, illustrating how France has hit new heights with a photo of striker Olivier Giroud leaping into the arms of his teammates after scoring in Friday's 5-2 rout of Switzerland. The emphatic victory followed a 3-0 win over Honduras in the team's opener in Group E.

Le Parisien's headline translated as "We Love These Blues," reflecting how France has won the fans over again after the World Cup shambles of four years ago, when its reputation hit rock-bottom following a training ground strike.

Now France has to back up its early promise.

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