Dressed in his snazzy new limited edition centenary shirt, Olivier Giroud scored with his inner thigh to move one ahead of David Trezeguet on France’s all-time goalscoring charts, and into sole possession of third place with 35, as Les Bleus recorded a dominant 4-0 victory over Euro 2016 darlings Iceland.
Giroud’s goal halfway through the second half was the crucial goal that settled the tie, as the visitors were hanging on resiliently down by just one goal for the majority of the game. Samuel Umtiti opened the scoring barely ten minutes into the match, but France were made to wait until the 68th for their second and Giroud’s milestone.
Further late goals from Kylian Mbappé and Antoine Griezmann sent the locals home happy and ensured that the 100th anniversary of the French Football Federation was celebrated properly.
Shirt Alert: Nike have released the new France 2019 centenary shirt celebrating 100 years of the FFF— Classic Football Shirts (@classicshirts) March 25, 2019
The shirt will be worn today against Iceland.
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Even the referee was in generous mood at the Stade de France, after he not only didn’t give N’Golo Kanté a fully deserved red card for a two-footed tackle from behind, but let him off with a smile and a talking-to.
In fairness, N’Golo Kanté is adorable. He earned rave reviews for his performance back in his usual position otherwise, just like in France’s first game in this international break.