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Nations League – France-Austria: Kylian Mbappé and Olivier Giroud allow the Blues to win

This evening at the Stade de France, the French team ignored the avalanche of injuries and showed a conquering face. Dominating in all areas of the game, the French got rid of Austria after a second authoritarian period (2-0). Kylian Mbappé and Olivier Giroud, author of his 49th goal in the blue jersey to come within two units of Thierry Henry’s record, are the two heroes of the meeting in Saint-Denis. In the standings, France leaves the last place of the group and passes in front of its opponent of the evening.

Karim Benzema, Hugo Lloris, Paul Pogba, the brothers Lucas and Théo Hernandez, N’Golo Kanté, Kingsley Coman, Presnel Kimpembe, Boubacar Kamara, Adrien Rabiot and Lucas Digne. When counting the absences of mark in this team of France less than two months from the next World Cup, the list could give sacred headaches to Didier Deschamps before approaching the meetings against Austria and Denmark.

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For the first of these two meetings, the Habs did the job by winning logically. However, it was not all easy. At the end of a first period controlled from start to finish, France returned to their locker room with a goalless draw. Worse still: Mike Maignan and Jules Koundé, both victims of muscle injuries, gave up their places during the match.

The list of the blue infirmary has therefore grown, but the team has not forgotten to win on the ground. Long defeated with a goal disallowed for offside (2nd) and a missed face-to-face against Patrick Pentz (26th), Mbappé did not fail to open the scoring following a loss of the Austrian ball in the middle of the ground. Launched by Giroud, the number 10 of the Blues got rid of four defenders to find the way to the goal thanks to a powerful strike with the right foot (1-0, 56th).

Eternal Giroud!

Launched in their positive dynamic, the Blues drove the point home thanks to Giroud, master of the air on a cross from Antoine Griezmann (2-0, 65th). At 35 years and 357 days, the AC Milan center-forward has become the oldest scorer in the history of the Blues and is approaching Thierry Henry’s 51 goals at the same time. But above all, Giroud proved to his coach that he deserved a place among the Mondialists thanks to a complete match on all fronts.

Olivier Giroud, scorer during France-Austria

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Comfortable as a pivot for deflections but also as a finisher where his aerial game has again wreaked havoc, the Isérois confirms his excellent start to the season in Italy. Replaced by Christopher Nkunku, Giroud left under the ovation of a French public more than ever committed to his cause. From now on, it seems difficult not to take him to Qatar anymore…

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