“From a personal point of view, tonight makes me happy.”
Anthony Martial made his full debut last evening in this match and in the 4th minute he provided the assist for the Giroud opener. Giroud made a good run to latch onto that smooth no-look Martial pass to score his 11th for France. Les Bleus continue to dominate inside the opening 10 minutes and two minutes later after his first goal, Giroud volleys the ball into the back of the net for his 2nd of the game, his 12th for country. Prior to the match, I had him down for a hat-trick, so I was delighted with this brace inside 10 minutes. It was a beautiful team goal. Giroud’s goals were lucky ones, yes, but lucky goals or not, keeper’s fault or not, the MOST IMPORTANT thing is that Giroud managed to get them in the back of the net to put the team on the scoreboard.
The game slowed down a little bit after Giroud’s brace, but France was the dominant side with Martial at the helm. We had a few set pieces, but nothing materialized from them although, at one point, Giroud could’ve claimed his hat-trick had his header not let him down. Varane also had a great opportunity to get on in on the fun, but his header also failed to find the target.
Zouma replaced Varane for the second half. Denmark put pressure on Les Bleus when the whistle blew for the 2nd half. In the 66th minute, Giroud had the opportunity to become the first Frenchman to score a hat-trick in 30 years, but he fluffed the chance. I have to be honest here. He never looked confident going one-on-one with the goalie and shouldn’t have thought twice before pulling the trigger. He was in the perfect position for his 3rd goal. I am still disappointed about this since I had him down for a hat-trick before the game. Shortly after, Giroud was replaced by Lacazette. Martial was replaced in the 87th minute by Cabaye. Erik Sviatchenko pulled one back for Denmark in the 91st minute and 2-1 was the final score in France’s favor.
My Homme Du Match was Anthony Martial. He worked hard and probably deserved a goal or two, but I can’t take away what he put in. Mandanda also had a terrific game. He couldn’t stop the souvenir that Denmark got in the dying minutes, but overall, he was solid in front of goal. Next up, Germany.
Watch Giroud’s brace here: