Olivier Giroud enters the record books as France put on a clinic to beat Australia 4-1
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France have began their World Cup title defence with a 4-1 win over Australia.
Despite a slow start where they conceded the first goal, the French decided to turn it on and cruised to a comfortable victory.
Kylian Mbappe, of course, was a constant threat.
But it was Olivier Giroud who made history, equalling Thierry Henry's record as France's all-time leading scorer with 51 goals.
Olivier Giroud played a pivotal role in helping France to the 2018 World Cup title without scoring a goal.— B/R Football (@brfootball) November 22, 2022
He got a goal 32 minutes into this World Cup 💙 pic.twitter.com/dKdQxHuZES
Olivier Giroud equals Henry as France all time topscorer: 51 goals.— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) November 22, 2022
He’s still doing incredible also with AC Milan as he scored 22 goals in 55 total apps, winning Serie A title.
Milan invested less than €2m to sign him in 2021. New deal to be discussed soon.
Special player 🇫🇷 pic.twitter.com/b5Ax8PbE8X
Australian stunned the reigning champions, Craig Goodwin catching the French napping to slot home past Hugo Lloris.
But it didn't take long for the French to hit back with the perfect response through Adrien Rabiot.
They then went ahead thanks to a France fan favourite Giroud and Mbappe himself.
GIROUD HAS EQUALLED THE RECORD. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.— Dubois (@CFCDUBois) November 22, 2022
Tied for France leading goalscorer of ALL TIME. INCREDIBLE. pic.twitter.com/izIl209uxA
It was Giroud who then sealed the victory by bagging Le Bleus' fourth and final goal of the clash – a moment which saw him etch his name into the French record books.
Australia produced a hard-fought effort, but the French were simply too good
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