Olivier Giroud Scores in French Win to Become Third Highest Goalscorer

By: SBAT Staff

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Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud scored for his country France last night, and in doing so he became their third highest goalscorer. The 32 year old has scored a total of 35 goals for his country, coming from 89 international caps. He has been a main stay in the side for a long time, and while he is being helped along by the new wave of young French talent, he showed last night that he still has what it takes to score goals at international level. 

As for the game itself, France eased to a 4-0 victory over Iceland, with their opponents really struggling to get any kind of grip on the game. The French were dominant, which is no surprise based on what we saw from them in the World Cup during the summer of 2018. The goal Giroud scored is hardly one to remember, despite the occasion and it certainly had an amount of luck attached to it. 

A cross from the wing was palmed out by the Icelandic goalkeeper, straight to Giroud, with the ball hitting the French forward and bouncing in. We have long admired Giroud for being in the right place at the right time, and that is exactly where he was last night. He needs another six goals to tie with Michel Platini on 41 career French goals, and that will certainly be his aim over the next 12 months. However, Thierry Henry is not for catching, he has 51 goals to his name for his country. 

After a solid start to their qualifying campaign, and their win at the World Cup last summer, it is no surprise to see that France are the early favourites to win Euro 2020. They are priced up at 3/1, with England in behind them as second favourites at 4/1. The French will be looking to complete the doubt next summer, and with the way they are playing you certainly wouldn't put it past them.