France captain Zinedine Zidane said his side had proved their critics wrong after they beat Spain 3-1 to book a place in the World Cup quarter-finals.
Zidane helped set up a repeat of the 1998 World Cup final
Zidane, who scored the final goal to set up a tie with Brazil, said: "It was a celebration, the Spanish made it difficult but the adventure continues.
"We wanted to accomplish something and show the people we had the qualities even if in our group it was difficult."
Coach Raymond Domenech added: "It was a remarkable match in every way."
He continued: "It was very tough for the players. We may have a team of old men but we know how to be patient.
"Younger people run out of breath. There's something exceptional waiting for us, unique emotions.
"As for Zidane, he kept going for the whole match. In the 89th minute, he stuck to it - he still accelerated."