World Cup: Giroud aims for record as France face Denmark

PHOTO PHOTO: Soccer Soccer – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Group D – France v Australia – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah, Qatar – November 22, 2022 France’s Olivier Giroud celebrates scoring his second goal with Ousmane Dembele REUTERS/Matthew Childs

DOHA – Olivier Giroud will bid to become France’s all-time top scorer when they face Denmark in Group D at the World Cup on Saturday, with Les Blues looking for a win that would take them into the last 16 with one game in hand. Reserve in Qatar.

Target man Giroud is level with Thierry Henry on 51 goals after scoring twice in Tuesday’s 4-1 win over Australia.

“Titi, I’m coming for you,” joked Giroud after the Australia game, where he benefited from Kylian Mbappe’s impressive work.

While the reigning champions have made a convincing start to the campaign, there will be no comfort in the match against Denmark. Didier Deschamps’ men have lost their last two matches against the Danes in the Nations League.

Attacking players Mbappe, Giroud, Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele all started against Australia, but Deschamps may be tempted to take a more cautious approach on Saturday.

“We saw that there are no small teams in modern football. We saw that against Denmark,” said Dembele, fresh from the last two defeats against the Danes.

In central defense, Deschamps could call on the experienced Rafael Vara as he continues his recovery from a hamstring injury, while Theo Hernandez should start on the left after his brother Lucas was ruled out with a knee injury.

Denmark were held to a goalless draw by Tunisia in their opener and manager Casper Hjulmand said they will need to up the tempo against France.

“If you don’t step up against France, you probably have a problem… we have to step up, but we’re ready to do it, to find ourselves again,” Hjulmand told reporters.

Denmark captain Simon Kjaer will be tasked with silencing Giroud.

“I wish Ollie the best, but I hope I have the upper hand,” he said. “Ollie is also one of the best strikers in the box in my opinion, probably underrated as a striker.”

The Danes will be without midfielder Thomas Delaney, who suffered a knee injury in the first half of the match against Tunisia and is out for the rest of the tournament.

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