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Olivier Giroud ties Thierry Henry's all-time France scoring record

Sean Walsh
Giroud scored a brace on Tuesday
Giroud scored a brace on Tuesday / Fantasista/GettyImages
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Olivier Giroud moved level with Thierry Henry on France's all-time scorers list after he scored twice in France's win against Australia.

The 36-year-old grabbed his 50th and 51st goals for Les Bleus as they opened their 2022 World Cup group stage campaign with a comeback victory.

Giroud tapped in France's second of the evening after Adrien Rabiot stole the ball off of Nathaniel Atkinson and squared for the Milan striker.

After missing a stunning overhead kick in the second half, Giroud levelled Henry's record with a trademark header from a Kylian Mbappe cross.

Giroud's record-tying brace came on his 115th appearance for France, now sitting fifth on that all-time list. He needs eight more caps to move into the top three, with Henry currently third in those standings on 123.


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Laurent Blanc handed Giroud his France debut back in 2011 while he was playing for Ligue 1 side Montpellier and he has since written himself into his country's folklore.

His selfless style of play was crucial to France's 2018 World Cup win, while he has developed outstanding on-pitch relationships with fellow forwards Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann.

Giroud was set to start the 2022 campaign on the bench before Karim Benzema pulled out of the tournament through injury.

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