Olivier Giroud became France’s oldest scorer as he helped France to defeat Austria to enhance the country’s chances of escaping Nations League relegation.
Kylian Mbappe’s early strike was disallowed for offside, and Aurelien Tchouameni’s bicycle kick was deflected into the bar as Les Bleus controlled the game.
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.
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.
Going into Sunday’s Group A1 decider in Denmark, France—who would have been eliminated if they had lost—moved 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.
With his first goal for his country, defender Borna Sosa gave the visitors the lead. Christian Eriksen, a midfielder for Manchester United, equalized with an incredible long-range shot, but Lovro Majer scored the game-winning goal from outside the box two minutes later.
Croatia merely needs to defeat Austria on Sunday to secure a spot in the finals and a play-off spot for the 2024 European Championship.
A striker for Serie A club AC Milan and the France national team, Olivier Jonathan Giroud was born in France on September 30, 1986.
He is regarded as one of the most underappreciated attackers in the world due to his work ethic, strength, shot power, and ability to consistently score goals.
Giroud played for his hometown club Grenoble in his first season of senior club football before signing with Tours in 2008. He finished the season as the league’s leading scorer, earning him the title of Ligue 2 Player of the Year in 2010.
He later joined Arsenal, where he helped the team break a nine-year trophy drought by winning three FA Cups. He currently ranks as the club’s eighteenth-highest goalscorer of all time.
Giroud won the FA Cup, the UEFA Champions League, and the UEFA Europa League before joining crosstown rivals Chelsea in 2018 for a fee of £18 million (€20.7 million). In 2019, he finished as the top scorer in the latter competition.
After that, Giroud joined AC Milan, where he helped them break their 11-year league title drought by winning the Serie A in 2021–2022.
At the age of 25, Giroud made his senior international debut for France. Since then, he has collected over 110 caps and participated in five major tournaments.
He received the Bronze Boot as a joint second-highest goalscorer as France finished second in the 2016 UEFA Euros, making him his nation’s second-highest goalscorer of all time. Later, he appeared in UEFA Euro 2020 and won the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Olivier Giroud Hair
Olivier Giroud is undoubtedly one of the most attractive players on any field. When he was a member of Arsenal FC, the French striker was even chosen as the Premier League’s “Hottest” Player.
Giroud now represents AC Milan in the modern era, but one thing hasn’t changed: He still looks flawless while doing it. Given that the Frenchman admits to modeling his look after David Beckham, a former professional footballer and fashion star, it shouldn’t come as a surprise.