Giroud becomes France's oldest scorer in win

Published on: 22 September 2022

Olivier Giroud headed in Antoine Griezmann's cross to break the France record

Olivier Giroud became the oldest scorer in France's history as they beat Austria to boost their hopes of avoiding Nations League relegation.

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.

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.

France, who would have been relegated if they had lost, move above Austria going into Sunday's Group A1 finale in Denmark.

Croatia have gone top of the group with a 2-1 win against Denmark, who would have sealed top spot themselves had they won in Zagreb.

Defender Borna Sosa put the hosts ahead with his first international goal. Manchester United midfielder Christian Eriksen levelled with a sensational long-range strike, but two minutes later Lovro Majer scored the winner from outside the box.

Croatia just need to beat Austria on Sunday to qualify for next year's finals and book a Euro 2024 play-off place.

    Line-upsMatch StatsLive Text

Line-upsFrance

Formation 3-4-1-2

16Maignan5Koundé4Varane18Badiashile15Clauss8Tchouaméni19Fofana21Mendy7Griezmann9Giroud10Mbappé

    16MaignanSubstituted forAreolaat 45'minutes5KoundéSubstituted forSalibaat 23'minutes4Varane18Badiashile15Clauss8Tchouaméni19Fofana21Mendy7GriezmannSubstituted forDembéléat 79'minutes9GiroudSubstituted forNkunkuat 79'minutes10MbappéSubstituted forKolo Muaniat 90+2'minutes

Substitutes

    1Lafont2Pavard3Saliba6Camavinga11Dembélé12Nkunku13Upamecano14Guendouzi17Veretout20Kolo Muani22Truffert23Areola

Austria

Formation 4-4-2

12Pentz16Trimmel15Lienhart8Alaba17Wöber10Weimann4Schlager6Seiwald9Sabitzer7Arnautovic18Onisiwo

    12Pentz16Trimmel15Lienhart8AlabaSubstituted forPoschat 70'minutes17Wöber10WeimannBooked at 38minsSubstituted forLjubicicat 50'minutes4Schlager6Seiwald9SabitzerSubstituted forSchmidat 69'minutes7ArnautovicSubstituted forGregoritschat 64'minutes18OnisiwoSubstituted forBaumgartnerat 64'minutes

Substitutes

    1Lindner3Friedl5Posch11Gregoritsch13Schlager14Ljubicic19Baumgartner20Schmid21Lainer22Cham23Trauner

Referee:Andreas EkbergMatch StatsHome TeamFranceAway TeamAustriaPossessionHome61%Away39%ShotsHome22Away4Shots on TargetHome6Away0CornersHome4Away1FoulsHome4Away14Live TextPost update

Match ends, France 2, Austria 0.

90'+2'Full Time

Second Half ends, France 2, Austria 0.

90'+2'Substitution

Substitution, France. Randal Kolo Muani replaces Kylian Mbappé.

90'+1'Post update

Attempt missed. Kylian Mbappé (France) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ousmane Dembélé following a fast break.

88'Post update

Attempt missed. Kylian Mbappé (France) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

88'Post update

Corner, Austria. Conceded by Benoît Badiashile.

88'Post update

Attempt blocked. Christoph Baumgartner (Austria) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Romano Schmid.

87'Post update

Attempt blocked. Xaver Schlager (Austria) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Christoph Baumgartner.

79'Post update

Ousmane Dembélé (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79'Post update

Foul by Christoph Baumgartner (Austria).

79'Substitution

Substitution, France. Ousmane Dembélé replaces Antoine Griezmann.

79'Substitution

Substitution, France. Christopher Nkunku replaces Olivier Giroud.

74'Post update

Ferland Mendy (France) wins a free kick on the left wing.

74'Post update

Foul by Dejan Ljubicic (Austria).

74'Post update

Youssouf Fofana (France) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

74'Post update

Foul by Xaver Schlager (Austria).

70'Substitution

Substitution, Austria. Stefan Posch replaces David Alaba.

69'Substitution

Substitution, Austria. Romano Schmid replaces Marcel Sabitzer.

68'Post update

Aurélien Tchouaméni (France) wins a free kick on the left wing.

68'Post update

Foul by Christopher Trimmel (Austria).

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