France defeat Austria 2-0 with goals from Mbappe and Giroud

By Rek Hanibal Published on September 23, 2022
France defeat Austria 2-0 with goals from Mbappe and  Giroud

Les Bleus dominated, with Kylian Mbappe having an early goal ruled out for offside and Aurelien Tchouameni's bicycle kick tipped onto the bar.

Giroud set up Mbappe for a fine opener, taking on several defenders before firing in from 16 yards.

AC Milan striker Giroud, 35, brilliantly headed in France's second.

At 35 years and 357 days, he is 70 days older than Roger Marche was when he scored against Spain in December 1959.

Giroud is now only two goals behind Thierry Henry's France record of 51.

France, who would have been relegated if they had lost, move above Austria going into Sunday's Group A1 finale in Denmark.

Croatia led the group following a 2-1 win against Denmark, who would have sealed the top spot themselves had they won in Zagreb.

Defender Borna Sosa put the hosts ahead with his first international goal. Manchester United midfielder Christian Eriksen levelled with a sensational long-range strike, but two minutes later, Lovro Majer scored the winner from outside the box.

Croatia must beat Austria on Sunday to qualify for next year's finals and book a Euro 2024 play-off place.

Rek Hanibal

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