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FIFA World Cup 2022 | Giroud targets the scoring record as France face Denmark

Olivier Giroud of France arrives for a training session on the eve of the group D World Cup soccer match between France and Denmark, in Doha, Qatar on November 25, 2022. | Photo Credit: AP

Olivier Giroud will bid to become France’s all-time top scorer when they face Denmark in Group D at the World Cup on Saturday, with ‘Les Blues’ looking for a victory to take them into the round of 16 there is a game left. Qatar.

Target man Giroud moved level with Thierry Henry on 51 goals after scoring twice in their 4-1 win over Australia on Tuesday.

“Dick, I’m going for you,” joked Giroud after the game in Australia, where he benefited from Kylian Mbappe’s impressive work.

While the defending champions got their campaign off to a convincing start, there was no complacency going into the match against Denmark. Didier Deschamps’ side have lost their last two meetings with the Danes in the Nations League.

Attacking players Mbappe, Giroud, Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele all started against Australia but Deschamps may be tempted to take a more cautious approach on Saturday.

“We saw that there are no small teams in modern football. We saw it against Denmark,” said Dembele, his memory fresh from two recent defeats against the Danes.

In central defense, Deschamps could call on the experienced Raphael Varane as he continues his recovery from a hamstring injury while Theo Hernandez should start at left-back after his brother Lucas was ruled out of the competition with a knee injury. .

Denmark were held to a scoreless draw against Tunisia in their opener and manager Kasper Hjulmand said they needed to up the tempo against France.

“If you’re not accelerating against France, you’re probably in trouble … we have to go up, but we’re ready to do it, to find ourselves again,” Hjulmand told reporters.

Danish captain Simon Kjaer will be tasked with keeping Giroud quiet.

“I wish the best of Ollie, but I hope I have an advantage,” he said. “Ollie is also one of the best strikers in the box in my opinion, probably underrated as a striker.”

The Danes will be without midfielder Thomas Delaney, who suffered a knee injury in the first half against Tunisia and has been ruled out for the rest of the tournament.

Chandan Kumar

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