Olivier Giroud becomes France's 2nd all-time top scorer after brace vs Ukraine

Olivier Giroud becomes France's 2nd all-time top scorer after brace vs Ukraine

- Olivier Giroud reached a milestone for his country in their 7-1 win over Ukraine

- The Chelsea forward scored a brace to mark his 100th appearance for Les Blues

- The 34-year-old has 10 more goals to break Thierry Henry's 51 goals record and become the new record holder

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Chelsea's forward Olivier Giroud marked a century of caps for the French national team with two stunning goals in their 7-1 triumph over Ukraine at Stade de France.

The brace moved him to become the second all-time highest goalscorer for his country with 42 goals in 100 games.

Arsenal legend Henry Thiery sits at the summit of the chart with 51 goals after 123 appearances for the French team.

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Giroud who outshined Michel Platini's 41 goals record will now be hoping to score at least 10 goals before retirement to become the new all-time top scorer for his country.

Olivier Giroud becomes French team's 2nd all-time top scorer after brace vs Ukraine

Olivier Giroud: Chelsea star celebrated after becoming France's 2nd all-time top scorer behind Thierry Henry. Getty Images
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The 34-year-old took the opportunity handed to him by his coach Didier Deschamps with both hands and made it count despite facing limited playing time under Blues boss Frank Lampard.

He came in as a substitute in his side's 3-3 draw against West Bromwich Albion late last month and his introduction helped them avoid their second defeat of the season.

Eduardo Camavinga, Corentin Tolisso, Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann also scored a goal each while Vitalii Mykolenko's own goal completed the routing.

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Viktor Tsigankov's 53rd minute, however, ended a mere consolation for the visitors as the world champions cruised to a 7-1 victory. After the victory, Giroud said:

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"It's obviously an immense pride, a great honor. 'It was a friendly game, but also my 100th cap, an emotionally charged match. I've moved past a French football legend, now I don't want to set limits."

Legit.ng earlier reported Nigerian winger Victor Moses has been excluded from Chelsea's Champions League squad for the 2020-21 season.

The 29-year-old returned to Stamford Bridge after the expiration of his loan spell at Inter Milan last campaign.

Frank Lampard has made it clear that the retired Super Eagles attacker is surplus to requirement and made attempts to offload him before transfer deadline day but his efforts failed to materialise.

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