Giroud Closing Up Henrys Record After Brace In Ukraine Win.
Giroud moved closer towards Thierry Henry’s all-time goalscoring record for France on Tuesday night, with the Chelsea striker scoring a brace as Les Bleus beat Sweden 4-2 in Paris in the final match of the UEFA Nations League group stage.
It was Giroud’s two goals that initially gave France a 3-1 lead, but an 88th-minute strike from Sweden’s Robin Quaison ensured a nervy finish. However, Kingsley Coman restored Les Bleus’ two-goal advantage in the 94th minute. Giroud is now up to 44 goals for France, seven behind Henry’s record of 51. His brace on Tuesday night, coupled with a goal from Benjamin Pavard and Coman, relegated Sweden to League B. Croatia will stay in League A, despite losing to Portugal.
France secured their place at next autumn’s Nations League Final Four, but the night was not all positive as there are a couple of potential issues for two France players, with both Lucas Hernandez and Raphael Varane having had to come off injured.
4 – France: Lloris; Pavard, Varane (Zouma, m.46), Kimpembe, Hernandez (Digne, m.46); Sossoko, Pogba, Rabiot (Nzonzi, m.78), Thuram (Mbappé, m.58); Griezmann, Giroud (Coman, m.84)
2 – Sweden: Olsen; Lustig (Krafth, m.67), Lindelof (Helander, m.66), Danielson, Bengtsson; Larsson (Cajuste, m.88), Olsson, Claesson (Quaison, m.66), Forsberg; Kulusevski, Berg (Isak, m.86)
Goals: 0-1, m.4: Claesson; 1-1, m.16: Giroud; 2-1, m.36: Pavard; 3-1, m.59: Giroud; 3-2, m.88: Quaison; 4-2, m.95: Coman.
Referee: Alexey Kulbakov (BIE