Giroud becomes France’s oldest scorer in win over Austria
As France defeated Austria to increase their chances of escaping Nations League relegation, Olivier Giroud broke the record for the oldest goal scorer in French history.
Kylian Mbappe’s early strike was disallowed for offside, and Aurelien Tchouameni’s bicycle kick was deflected into the bar as Les Bleus controlled.
Giroud, who overcame three players to shoot from 16 yards, helped Mbappe get off to a strong start. The 35-year-old AC Milan striker Giroud expertly headed in France’s second goal.
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He is 70 days older than Roger Marche was in December 1959 when he scored against Spain at the age of 35 years and 357 days. Only two goals separate Giroud from Thierry Henry’s 51-goal France record.
Going into Sunday’s Group A1 decider in Denmark, France—who would have been eliminated if they had lost—moves ahead of Austria.
With a 2-1 victory over Denmark, who would have taken first place in the group if they had won in Zagreb, Croatia now leads the group.