France 2-1 Ivory Coast: Olivier Giroud closes in on Thierry Henry’s record

France 2-1 Ivory Coast: Olivier Giroud closes in on Thierry Henry’s record

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Last updated on 25 March 202225 March 2022.From the section Football

Olivier Giroud scored his 47th goal for FranceFormer Arsenal and Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud is just five goals away from surpassing Thierry Henry’s all-time record for France after scoring in the win over the Ivory Coast.

Giroud, 35, headed in from AC Milan team-mate Theo Hernandez’s cross to take his tally to 47 for the world champions in Marseille.

Henry netted 51 times for Les Bleus.

Gunners forward Nicolas Pepe scored the opener for the African side, but Aurelien Tchouameni won it late on.

Monaco midfielder Tchouameni rose highest to power home a header from Matteo Guendouzi’s corner in the 93rd minute.

Giroud’s goal, meanwhile, was also the 19th consecutive game in which France had scored, netting 42 times in the process.

Didier Deschamps’ men host South Africa in a friendly on Tuesday, while Ivory Coast, who have failed to qualify for the 2022 World Cup, travel to play England at Wembley on the same day.

Line-upsFranceFormation 3-4-1-2

1Lloris

5Koundé4Varane21Hernández

11Coman8Tchouaméni6Pogba22Hernández

7Griezmann

12Nkunku9Giroud

1Lloris5Koundé4VaraneSubstituted forSalibaat 58’minutes21Hernández11ComanSubstituted forClaussat 88’minutes8Tchouaméni6PogbaSubstituted forRabiotat 88’minutes22Hernández7GriezmannSubstituted forGuendouziat 75’minutes12NkunkuSubstituted forBen Yedderat 75’minutes9GiroudSubstitutes2Saliba3Kimpembe10Mbappé14Rabiot15Clauss16Maignan17Guendouzi18Digne19Ben Yedder20Diaby23AreolaIvory CoastFormation 4-3-3

23Sangaré

17Aurier21Bailly6Boly3Konan

18Sangaré4Seri8Kessié

19Pépé22Haller9Zaha

23Sangaré17Aurier21BaillySubstituted forKossounouat 68’minutes6Boly3Konan18SangaréSubstituted forAkouokouat 76’minutes4SeriBooked at 7mins8Kessié19PépéSubstituted forCornetat 84’minutes22HallerSubstituted forKonatéat 84’minutesBooked at 90mins9ZahaSubstituted forGradelat 84’minutesSubstitutes1Cissé5Agbadou7Kossounou10Kouassi11Cornet12Coulibaly14Kamara15Gradel16Koné20Akouokou25Konaté27DeliReferee:Vitor Jorge Fernandes Ferreira

Live TextMatch ends, France 2, Côte d’Ivoire 1.

Second Half ends, France 2, Côte d’Ivoire 1.

Goal! France 2, Côte d’Ivoire 1. Aurélien Tchouaméni (France) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mattéo Guendouzi with a cross following a corner.

Corner, France. Conceded by Willy Boly.

Ghislain Konan (Côte d’Ivoire) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jonathan Clauss (France).

Karim Konaté (Côte d’Ivoire) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Karim Konaté (Côte d’Ivoire).

Jules Koundé (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution, France. Adrien Rabiot replaces Paul Pogba.

Substitution, France. Jonathan Clauss replaces Kingsley Coman.

Offside, France. Mattéo Guendouzi tries a through ball, but Olivier Giroud is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Olivier Giroud (France) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kingsley Coman with a cross.

Foul by Willy Boly (Côte d’Ivoire).

Hugo Lloris (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Maxwel Cornet (Côte d’Ivoire) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Theo Hernández (France).

Substitution, Côte d’Ivoire. Maxwel Cornet replaces Nicolas Pépé.

Substitution, Côte d’Ivoire. Karim Konaté replaces Sébastien Haller.

Substitution, Côte d’Ivoire. Max-Alain Gradel replaces Wilfried Zaha.

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