France dominated the FIFA World Cup groups stage match, winning 4-1. Here’s a look at the goal that bumped Giroud up from 2nd to T-1st.
OLIVIER GIROUD 🔥
With this goal he ties Thierry Henry for the most goals in France men's national team history 👏👏 pic.twitter.com/3GOz3FqUrF
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) November 22, 2022
Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema was expected to lead the French attack until a thigh injury in training knocked him out of the squad. That carved out more of an opportunity for the 36-year-old Giroud, who has been a fixture for his country for years. He was part of the 2018 World Cup-winning side, starting six matches, but failed to put the ball in the back of the net. This was Giroud’s first World Cup goal since 2014 vs. Switzerland. With France’s injuries, the Milan striker will surely be needed as they look to repeat as champions.
Olivier Giroud equals Thierry Henry as France's all-time top scorer (51) 🇫🇷 pic.twitter.com/zCgusC6inG
— B/R Football (@brfootball) November 22, 2022
No man in France history has scored more goals for the senior national team than Olivier Giroud:
🇫🇷 Thierry Henry: 51 goals, 123 caps
🇫🇷 Olivier Giroud: 51 goals, 114 caps
Titi 🤝 Oli
— William Hill (@WilliamHill) November 22, 2022
Both Henry and Giroud started their club careers in France before moving to Premiere League side Arsenal during their prime. While Giroud had five seasons of 10+ goals for Arsenal, he was not nearly as prolific as his countrymate. Henry sits atop the Gunners’ goal-scoring list at 228 in 377 appearances.
The pair never played together for Arsenal or France, but Henry said he wished he had the chance to link up with Giroud in a 2017 interview. Henry said goodbye to National Team duty at the 2010 World Cup and Giroud earned his first cap at Euro 2012.
France faces Denmark on November 26.