France 3-0 Bulgaria: Olivier Giroud seals victory with two late goals ahead of Euro 2020 Euro opening match
France 3-0 Bulgaria: Olivier Giroud seals victory with two late goals after Antoine Griezmann’s deflected bicycle kick put Les Bleus ahead… but they continue to sweat over Karim Benzema’s knee injury in the final friendly before Euro 2020
Olivier Giroud made the most of his time on the pitch with a double as world champions France beat Bulgaria 3-0 in their final warm-up for Euro 2020 after fellow forward Karim Benzema suffered a possible knee injury on Tuesday.
Les Bleus dominated the game, combining well up front with Antoine Griezmann taking a bicycle kick and Giroud, who has had very few chances to play at Chelsea this season, scoring his 45th and 46th international goals after replacing Benzema.
Benzema, who was playing his second game for France after a break of more than five years, came out in the 41st minute and coach Didier Deschamps said he didn’t want to take ‘no risk’ with the Real Madrid striker.
France defeated Bulgaria 3-0 on Tuesday, with Olivier Giroud scoring twice late
The Frenchman put the icing on the cake with his second of the night in the dying moments
Giroud celebrates after France lead 2-0 with signature finish in Paris
The Frenchman shot home with a first finish when he shot over the nearest post
France will open its European Championship campaign against Germany in Munich next Tuesday, before taking on Hungary and European champions Portugal in Group F.
The match was attended by 5,000 fans, almost eight months after Les Bleus last played in front of an audience against Portugal.
Threatening from the start, Kylian Mbappe found Benzema alone in the penalty area as his low shot went just wide before goalkeeper Daniel Naumov was at full strength to stop a shot into the corner.
France suffocated their opponents, but for all their collective talent it was a brilliant moment from Griezmann that put them ahead in the 29th minute as his slightly deflected overhead kick defeated Naumov.
Antoine Griezmann had acrobaticly put the world champions ahead against Bulgaria
Griezmann scored a deflected bicycle kick in the 29th minute at the Stade de France
Benzema then landed awkwardly after a header and asked to come off when he grabbed his knee just before half time.
‘It’s a knock on the knee, which also affects the muscle. He felt he was starting to get stiff, so he asked to be subbed,” Deschamps told TF1.
“The medical staff takes care of him.”
Griezmann had another chance, but Naumov was in top form and the Bulgarian was again busy taking Giroud from close range on the stroke of half-time.
France sweated over the condition of Karim Benzema, who was forced out in the first half
Deschamps made several changes during a calmer second half, with key midfielder N’Golo Kante being replaced by Thomas Lemar in the 65th minute.
Griezmann was also spared, as he was replaced a minute later by Ousmane Dembele.
Giroud took advantage of his opportunity again when he cut a cross from Benjamin Pavard near the nearest post in the 85th minute and tapped in the cross from Wissam Ben Yedder in extra time to narrow the gap with all-time French scorer Thierry Henry to five. goals.
Benzema went down with a knee injury and was replaced by Giroud . on Tuesday