Olivier Giroud scores 51st goal for France in World Cup victory against Australia as AC Milan striker equals Arsenal legend Thierry Henry’s record for Les Bleus

    Olivier Giroud bagged a brace for France to give him a share of France’s all-time goalscoring record in their 4-1 victory over Australia at the World Cup.

    The goals, his 50th and 51st for his country, put the 36-year-old level with Thierry Henry’s tally of international goals, meaning that just one more would see him claim the record for himself.

    Giroud bagged his 50th and 51st goals for France against Australia

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    Giroud bagged his 50th and 51st goals for France against Australia

    Not only did the goal put France ahead against Australia, he then got his second to put him level with Henry’s record of 51 goals

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    Not only did the goal put France ahead against Australia, he then got his second to put him level with Henry’s record of 51 goals

    Giroud is spearheading a lethal French attacking line in which he plays alongside Ousmane Dembele, Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe.

    All four players started the World Cup clash with Australia on Tuesday evening and showed their quality as they caused plenty of problems for the Socceroos in a dominant display.

    While Craig Goodwin gave Australia a surprise early lead, a goal from Adrien Rabiot leveled the match for Didier Deschamps’ side before Giroud put France ahead shortly after the half-hour mark.

    Mbappe then found the net himself, before Giroud drew level with Arsenal legend Henry to become an all-time great for Les Blues.

    After the match, he said: “Obviously it’s immense pride to be able to match Titi who is a legend of French football.

    “It’s an honor. I hope not to stop there during the competition. I still hope to help my partners and finish their job well.”

    Giroud’s teammates were delighted for him as they knew exactly what the goal meant

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    Giroud’s teammates were delighted for him as they knew exactly what the goal meant

    With the competition in its infancy, the AC Milan star will be confident that he can beat Henry’s record as France look to make a real statement by making a charge towards the ultimate prize.

    Before the tournament began, he was asked about making history.

    “Obviously I’ve got this target, this kind of bonus in my head to beat Titi, but the main target as a team is to go as far as we can in the competition.

    “Then if I get the opportunity to get close to him, I will do my best for sure.”

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