SPORTS Giroud replaces Platini as France’s second-highest scorer


Giroud replaces Platini as France’s second-highest scorer

Shenzhen Daily

07:56, October 09, 2020

OLIVIER GIROUD netted twice in a 7-1 demolition of Ukraine in a friendly game Wednesday, becoming the second-highest goalscorer in France’s history by overtaking Michel Platini with 42 goals.

Giroud’s brace moved the Chelsea striker onto 42 international goals, one more than Platini in France’s all-time scorers’ list, which Thierry Henry tops with 51.

“It’s obviously an immense pride, a great honor,” Giroud said. “It was a friendly game, but also my 100th cap, an emotionally charged match. I’ve moved past a French football legend, now I don’t want to set limits.”

The 34-year-old Giroud gave the world champions a 2-0 lead in the 24th minute following Camavinga’s opener, with a superb left-footed strike from outside the box into the top corner.

Wearing the captain’s armband, he doubled his tally after the half-hour mark with a diving header from a rebound.

Hard-hit by positive COVID-19 tests and injuries, Ukraine fielded a depleted side and trailed 4-0 at halftime after Vitaliy Mykolenko scored an own goal as he tried to clear the ball away five minutes before the interval.

Ukraine enjoyed a good spell after the break despite France coach Didier Deschamps bringing on Kylian Mbappe, and substitute Viktor Tsygankov pulled one back for the visitors.

Corentin Tolisso, Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann completed France’s win.

With his goal, the highly-rated Camavinga became the second-youngest player to score with France, at 17 years, 11 months. Maurice Gastiger was just six months younger when he scored against Switzerland on March, 8, 1914.

The Rennes midfielder made his international debut last month against Croatia, making the most of Paul Pogba’s withdrawal after the Manchester United player tested positive for COVID-19.(SD-Agencies)

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