Olivier Giroud scored his 28th goal for France as they overcame Belarus 2-1 at the Stade de France to book their place at next summer’s World Cup.
Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann gave Les Bleus the lead on 27 minutes before the Arsenal man doubled the lead six minutes later. There was a scare for the home side when Belarus reduced the deficit before
There was a scare for the home side when Belarus reduced the deficit before half time but they held on to seal a victory that, coupled with Sweden’s defeat to Holland, sees them avoid a play-off and finish top.
Giroud, who started ahead of Alexandre Lacazette and Kylian Mbappe, rewarded the faith shown in him by Didier Deschamps by latching onto a Griezmann pass and sliding the ball home from 12 yards despite being under pressure from two defenders.
Giroud goal for France making it 2-0 💪🏼pic.twitter.com/nYIBaHhvoC
— IDontLikeSpurs (@IDontLikeSpurs) October 10, 2017
He’s now level with Yourri Djorkaeff as France’s seventh highest scorer and is only six goals shy of David Trezeguet in third place.
Elsewhere, Granit Xhaka’s Switzerland will have to go through a play-off if they are to qualify for Russia 2018. An own goal from former Arsenal man Johan Djourou and Andre Silva’s strike were enough for Portugal to beat them 2-0 and secure the automatic qualification spot on goal difference.
Sead Kolasinac won’t be going to the World Cup. Bosnia and Herzogovina beat Estonia 2-1 in their final game but they still finished third in Group H behind Greece and Belgium.
Alexis Sanchez’s Chile and David Ospina’s Colombia will decide their fate later tonight when they travel to Brazil and Peru respectively.