Olivier Giroud moved into level with Thierry Henry on the all-time leading scorer list after scoring twice in France’s victory over Australia.
The 36-year-old scored his 50th and 51st goals for France as they opened their 2022 World Cup group stage campaign with another win.
Giroud took advantage of the second match of the evening in France, after Adrien Rabiot stole the ball from Nathaniel Atkinson and traveled in favor of the Milan striker.
After missing a stunning overhead kick in the second half, Giroud equaled Henry’s record by heading in a cross from Kylian Mbappe.
Giroud’s brace came in his 115th appearance for France, and he now ranks fifth on that all-time list. He needs eight more caps to move into the top three, with Henry currently third in the standings with 123.
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Laurent Blanc gave Giroud his France debut in 2011 while playing for Ligue 1 side Montpellier and has since written himself into the folklore of his country.
His selfless style of play was crucial to France winning the 2018 World Cup, while he developed fantastic relationships on the pitch with fellow strikers Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann.
Jerrod He was due to start the 2022 campaign on the bench before Karim Benzema pulled out of the tournament due to injury.