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Giroud reaches 40 goals in France win

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Olivier Giroud and Dayot Upamecano
Olivier Giroud – who started the World Cup final two years ago – came on to score late on

Olivier Giroud scored his 40th international goal as France beat Croatia 4-2 in the Nations League, 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 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.

Josip Brekalo equalised but goals by defender Dayot Upamecano and Giroud gave France the win which keeps them level on points with Portugal at the top of Group 3.

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.

Elsewhere, in England’s group, Iceland took a shock lead in Belgium but two goals for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi – linked with a return to Crystal Palace on loan – helped Roberto Martinez’s side to a comfortable 5-1 win.



  • 1Lloris
  • 20Upamecano
  • 5LengletBooked at 38mins
  • 21Hernández
  • 17Sissoko
  • 13KantéBooked at 59minsSubstituted forCamavingaat 63′minutes
  • 15NzonziBooked at 68mins
  • 19Mendy
  • 7GriezmannSubstituted forFekirat 78′minutes
  • 22Ben YedderSubstituted forGiroudat 63′minutes
  • 11Martial


  • 2Dubois
  • 3Kimpembe
  • 4Varane
  • 6Camavinga
  • 8Ikoné
  • 9Giroud
  • 12Digne
  • 14Rabiot
  • 16Costil
  • 18Fekir
  • 23Maignan


  • 1Livakovic
  • 2UremovicSubstituted forVidaat 57′minutes
  • 6LovrenBooked at 76mins
  • 5Caleta-CarBooked at 34mins
  • 22Melnjak
  • 8Kovacic
  • 11BrozovicBooked at 76mins
  • 10Vlasic
  • 4PerisicSubstituted forPasalicat 66′minutes
  • 9Kramaric
  • 18RebicSubstituted forBrekaloat 45′minutes


  • 3Barisic
  • 7Brekalo
  • 12Grbic
  • 13Budimir
  • 14Skoric
  • 15Pasalic
  • 16Jedvaj
  • 17Colak
  • 19Badelj
  • 20Petkovic
  • 21Vida
  • 23Sluga

Live Text

  1. Match ends, France 4, Croatia 2.

  2. Second Half ends, France 4, Croatia 2.

  3. Foul by Dejan Lovren (Croatia).

  4. Anthony Martial (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Foul by Mateo Kovacic (Croatia).

  6. Olivier Giroud (France) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Attempt saved. Mateo Kovacic (Croatia) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Domagoj Vida.

  8. Nikola Vlasic (Croatia) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Andrej Kramaric.

  9. Attempt blocked. Nabil Fekir (France) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  10. Foul by Domagoj Vida (Croatia).

  11. Anthony Martial (France) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Foul by Mateo Kovacic (Croatia).

  13. Anthony Martial (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Corner, France. Conceded by Domagoj Vida.

  15. Attempt blocked. Anthony Martial (France) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Eduardo Camavinga.

  16. Andrej Kramaric (Croatia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Foul by Dayot Upamecano (France).

  18. Attempt missed. Andrej Kramaric (Croatia) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Dario Melnjak.

  19. Duje Caleta-Car (Croatia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Foul by Nabil Fekir (France).


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