France’s captain, Hugo Lloris, paid tribute to Olivier Giroud, calling him “an example of never giving up”.
Giroud bagged a brace for himself as France opened their World Cup defense with an impressive 4-1 victory over Australia, and in the process joining Thierry Henry as Les Pleus’ all-time top goalscorer.
The Milan striker probably wouldn’t have even started had it not been for a pre-tournament injury to Karim Benzema, and Lloris is happy to see his continued tenacity rewarded.
“I suspect Olivier Giroud Lloris said after the game. “He is the epitome of football that never gives up.
“The last few months he’s been around and out but he never loses focus and that’s important. Equalizing Thierry Henry is a huge achievement and I hope he goes on. It’s a good start for the whole team and the striker has two great goals.”
France In order to win, especially in the first half when Australia took a surprisingly early lead.
Despite this, Lloris says the fact France managed to come back strong is a testament to their character.
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“I think we took credit for the good reaction and we moved on and started to control the game. We can be happy with the performance but we know we have to improve game by game,” he said.
“The key was to keep your calm after the delay. We have a lot of young players but we have some experienced ones so we have a good mix and we can feel him on the pitch.
“It’s a very good step into the World Cup, and now we’ll focus on preparing for Denmark.”
France will face Denmark in their second match before it ends world Cup Group stage against Tunisia.