Olivier Giroud divides opinion but was pivotal as France conquered Romania

The Arsenal striker had one of his trademark mixed nights inside Stade de France, fluffing his opening lines yet scoring a goal to set the hosts on their way

First they are not booing him now. And second a penny for your thoughts, Karim Benzema?

As the controversially excluded Real Madrid striker was (presumably) settling down to watch his French team-mates kick off under huge pressure to get off to a winning start and force a hitherto preoccupied nation to focus on football, opportunity knocked for Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud.

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