Olivier Giroud brace helps France rout Ukraine 7-1

Updated: 09 October, 2020 08:39 IST | AFP | Paris

Deschamps made Giroud captain for his 100th appearance and in return the Chelsea forward scored a first-half brace that left him on 42 international goals, just nine short of Thiery Henry on 51

France striker Olivier Giroud is ecstatic after scoring against Ukraine on Wednesday. Pic/AFP
France striker Olivier Giroud is ecstatic after scoring against Ukraine on Wednesday. Pic/AFP

France's 7-1 thrashing of Ukraine was the pick of the European friendlies on Wednesday as Spain clung on for a draw in Lisbon and Turkey saved pride with a late goal against Germany in Cologne. Teenager Eduardo Camavinga and veteran Olivier Giroud inflicting much of the damage on COVID-19 hit Ukraine. Camavinga, 17, become the youngest man to score for France in over a century with an audacious overhead flick for the ninth minute opener.

Deschamps made Giroud captain for his 100th appearance and in return the Chelsea forward scored a first-half brace that left him on 42 international goals, just nine short of Thiery Henry on 51.

Ron off target for Portugal

Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo and Renato Sanchez both struck the woodwork for Portugal in a goalless draw against Spain. Meanwhile, Germany coach Joachim Loew bemoaned his side's inability to hold on to a lead after they conceded a last-gasp equaliser in a 3-3 draw against Turkey.

Italy maul Moldova 6-0 Veteran striker Francesco Caputo scored on his Italy debut with Stephan El Shaarawy adding a brace as an experimental Azzurri side crushed Moldova 6-0.

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First Published: 09 October, 2020 08:16 IST

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