Updated: 7 days ago
Olivier Giroud became the oldest scorer in France's history as they beat Austria to boost their hopes of avoiding Nations League relegation.
France kept their hopes of staying in the top tier of the Nations League alive as Olivier Giroud became the oldest scorer in their history in a 2-0 home defeat of Austria.
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Les Bleus dominated, with Kylian Mbappe having an early goal ruled out for offside and Aurelien Tchouameni's bicycle kick being tipped onto the bar. Giroud set up Mbappe for a fine opener, taking on several defenders before firing in from 16 yards.
Kylian Mbappé broke the deadlock in the 56th minute with a cool finish after beating five defenders following a perfect pass from Giroud, before the Milan striker scored a header from a pinpoint Antoine Griezmann cross four minutes later.
AC Milan striker Giroud, 35, brilliantly headed in France's second. At 35 years and 357 days, he is 70 days older than Roger Marche was when he scored against Spain in December 1959. Giroud is now only two goals behind Thierry Henry's France record of 51.
Giroud, who once again proved to his manager, Didier Deschamps, that he is more than a third-choice centre-forward, is aged 35 years and 357 days – 70 days older than France’s previous oldest scorer, Roger Marche, was when he netted against Spain in December 1959.
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Victory for France came at a price, however, as the defender Jules Koundé and the goalkeeper Mike Maignan sustained injuries. They could join Karim Benzema, Hugo Lloris and Paul Pogba on the sidelines.
France, who travel to Denmark on Sunday, climbed to third in League A Group 1 with five points from as many games as a result of the victory. Deschamps said: “We did what we had to do. Our intentions were good, everyone defended a lot, there are a lot of positives. The mindset was good, it was a very good performance.”
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