Olivier Giroud Scores his 40th Country Goal
Former Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud scored his 40th international goal as France came from behind to beat Croatia 4-2 in the Nations League, which is like a repeat of the 2018 World Cup final. The 33-year-old Chelsea and France striker Giroud 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 for the France national team. Former Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren had put Croatia ahead but the World Cup winners were too strong. Former Atletico forward Antoine Griezmann equalised and Manchester United’s Anthony Martial’s shot went in off goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic to put the hosts ahead.
Josip Brekalo equalised but goals by defender Dayot Upamecano and the Chelsea striker gave France the win which keeps them level on points with Portugal who won Sweden 2-0 thanks to two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo to mark his 101 country goal for Portugal. 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.