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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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, France 4, Norway 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, France 4, Norway 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Norway. Conceded by Loïc Remy.

  4. Post update

    Corner, France. Conceded by Tom Høgli.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Braaten (Norway).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Jone Samuelsen (Norway).

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Norway. Stian Ringstad replaces Martin Linnes.

  10. Post update

    Corner, France. Conceded by Örjan Nyland.

  11. Post update

    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.

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Valon Berisha (Norway).

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Anders Konradsen (Norway).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Laurent Koscielny (France).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Lucas Digne (France).

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 27th May 2014

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