Giroud Scores 40th International Goal As France Beat Croatia

Olivier Giroud scored his 40th international goal as France beat Croatia 4-2 in the Nations League Group 3 match, in a repeat of the 2018 World Cup final.

Chelsea striker Giroud, 33, marked his 99th cap with a penalty after coming off the bench to move one goal behind France legend Michel Platini.

Arsenal great Thierry Henry holds the national record with 51 goals.

Former Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren had put Croatia ahead in the 17th-minute but the world champions were too strong.

Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann equalised and Manchester United’s Anthony Martial‘s shot went in off goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic to put the hosts ahead.

Halftime subsititute Josip Brekalo equalised with a fine solo effort in the 55th minute but goals by defender Dayot Upamecano and Giroud gave France the win.

Eduardo Camavinga‘s 63rd-minute appearance from the bench, at the age of 17 years and 303 days, saw him become the youngest player to make his debut with France since Maurice Gastiger in February 1914.

France have made it two wins out of two after their opening 1-0 victory at Sweden and stayed level on six points with Portugal, 2-0 winners at Sweden after a Cristiano Ronaldo brace boosted his international tally to 101 goals.

 

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