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France 4 Norway 0: Olivier Giroud boosts starting chances

Olivier Giroud
Olivier Giroud

Olivier Giroud pushed his claims for a starting role for France at the World Cup with two goals in their friendly victory over Norway in Paris.

The Arsenal striker, 27, is one of three forward options named in coach Didier Deschamps' squad.

Deschamps rested Real Madrid's Karim Benzema, while QPR's Loic Remy came off the bench to score.

But it was Giroud who impressed with two second-half goals to take his tally to nine in 28 games for Les Bleus.

Marseille winger Mathieu Valbuena also had a influential role in the victory at the Stade de France as he provided assists for three of the goals.

Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba headed Valbuena's cross, and he then teed up Giroud, who fired home from the edge of the box.

Remy added a third when he stroked home, before Giroud headed home another delivery from Valbuena.

Deschamps said: "We are not yet ready, but there is a collective hunger and a real togetherness about the players.

"One must not lose sight of our ultimate target, but our performance reflected the work we have already done."

France face Paraguay on Sunday and then take on Jamaica in their final friendly match on 8 June before they travel to Brazil.

Les Blues are in World Cup Group E with Ecuador, Honduras and Switzerland.

Elsewhere on Tuesday, Atsuto Uchida's goal helped Japan continue their preparations for the tournament next month with a 1-0 win over Cyprus.

Line-ups

France

  • 16Ruffier
  • 2Debuchy
  • 21Koscielny
  • 5Sakho
  • 3EvraSubstituted forDigneat 45'minutes
  • 19PogbaSubstituted forSissokoat 45'minutes
  • 6CabayeSubstituted forCabellaat 80'minutes
  • 14MatuidiSubstituted forMavubaat 74'minutes
  • 8ValbuenaSubstituted forGrenierat 70'minutes
  • 9Giroud
  • 11GriezmannSubstituted forRemyat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Lloris
  • 12Mavuba
  • 15Sagna
  • 17Digne
  • 18Sissoko
  • 20Remy
  • 22Grenier
  • 28Cabella

Norway

  • 12Nyland
  • 3LinnesSubstituted forRingstadat 90+1'minutes
  • 8Nordtveit
  • 5Hangeland
  • 2Høgli
  • 6Johansen
  • 15TetteyBooked at 44minsSubstituted forKonradsenat 72'minutes
  • 19JenssenSubstituted forBraatenat 57'minutes
  • 20Möller DaehliSubstituted forSamuelsenat 77'minutes
  • 10ElyounoussiSubstituted forBerishaat 72'minutes
  • 7KingSubstituted forNielsenat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Jarstein
  • 4Ringstad
  • 9Samuelsen
  • 11Pedersen
  • 14Konradsen
  • 16Berisha
  • 17Nielsen
  • 18Danielsen
  • 21Braaten
Referee:
Padraig Sutton

Match Stats

Home TeamFranceAway TeamNorway
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home20
Away7
Shots on Target
Home9
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away8
Fouls
Home17
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, France 4, Norway 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, France 4, Norway 0.

Corner, Norway. Conceded by Loïc Remy.

Corner, France. Conceded by Tom Høgli.

Rémy Cabella (France) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Daniel Braaten (Norway).

Laurent Koscielny (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jone Samuelsen (Norway).

Substitution

Substitution, Norway. Stian Ringstad replaces Martin Linnes.

Corner, France. Conceded by Örjan Nyland.

Attempt saved. Loïc Remy (France) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Rémy Cabella.

Clément Grenier (France) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Valon Berisha (Norway).

Mathieu Debuchy (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Anders Konradsen (Norway).

Attempt blocked. Jone Samuelsen (Norway) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Anders Konradsen.

Foul by Laurent Koscielny (France).

Daniel Braaten (Norway) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Loïc Remy (France) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Lucas Digne (France).

Jone Samuelsen (Norway) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, France. Rémy Cabella replaces Yohan Cabaye.

Foul by Olivier Giroud (France).

Havard Nordtveit (Norway) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Rio Mavuba (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daniel Braaten (Norway).

Corner, Norway. Conceded by Mamadou Sakho.

Foul by Lucas Digne (France).

Jone Samuelsen (Norway) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Norway. Jone Samuelsen replaces Mats Möller Daehli.

Foul by Loïc Remy (France).

Valon Berisha (Norway) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, France. Rio Mavuba replaces Blaise Matuidi.

Substitution

Substitution, Norway. Valon Berisha replaces Tarik Elyounoussi.

Substitution

Substitution, Norway. Anders Konradsen replaces Alexander Tettey.

Attempt missed. Loïc Remy (France) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Blaise Matuidi.

Blaise Matuidi (France) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Havard Nielsen (Norway).

Substitution

Substitution, France. Clément Grenier replaces Mathieu Valbuena.

Goal!

Goal! France 4, Norway 0. Olivier Giroud (France) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Mathieu Valbuena with a cross.

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