Olivier Giroud ties Thierry Henry’s all-time France record

Olivier Giroud moved level with Thierry Henry on France’s all-time goalscoring list after scoring twice in France’s win over Australia.

The 36-year-old scored his 50th and 51st goals for Les Bleus as they opened their 2022 World Cup group stage campaign with a comeback victory.

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Giroud tapped in France’s second of the night after Adrien Rabiot stole the ball from Nathaniel Atkinson and slotted onto the Milan striker.

After missing a stunning overhead kick in the second half, Giroud equaled Henry’s record with a header from a Kylian Mbappe cross.

Giroud’s record tally came on his 115th appearance for France, and is now fifth on the all-time list. He needs another eight caps to break into the top three, with Henry currently third in those rankings on 123.

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Laurent Blanc gave Giroud his debut in France back in 2011 while playing for Ligue 1 side Montpellier and he has since written himself into his country’s folklore.

His selfless style of play was crucial to France’s World Cup victory in 2018, while he has developed outstanding relationships on the pitch with strikers Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann.

Giroud was set to start the 2022 campaign on the bench before Karim Benzema pulled out of the tournament through injury.

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