France: How hosts reached the quarters

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Laurent Koscielny in action

Find out how Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny perform for France in Group A. 


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Sunday, June 26, France 2-1 Republic of Ireland
Olivier Giroud claimed an assist in France’s 2-1 win against the Republic of Ireland. Robbie Brady gave Martin O’Neill’s side the lead just two minutes in from the penalty spot after Shane Long had been brought down by Paul Pogba. Antoine Griezmann then equalised with a powerful header in the 57th minute, before Giroud’s clever flick set up the Atletico Madrid forward's second to book France’s place in the quarter-finals. Laurent Koscielny played the full 90 minutes.


Sunday, June 19, France 0-0 Switzerland
Laurent Koscielny kept a clean sheet in France’s 0-0 draw with Switzerland. Paul Pogba hit the woodwork twice in the first half with long-range efforts. Antoine Griezmann hit the bar in the second half, but neither side were able to find a winner. The result meant Les Bleus finished first in Group A. Olivier Giroud was an unused substitute. 

Wednesday, June 15, France 2-0 Albania
Laurent Koscielny helped France keep a clean sheet in their 2-0 win against Albania, while Olivier Giroud played 77 minutes. The hosts were frustrated in the first half, and Ledian Memushaj and Armando Sadiku had the best chances of the half for Albania. Memushaj then hit the post after the restart, while Giroud also hit the woodwork with a powerful header. Antoine Griezmann opened the scoring for Didier Deschamps’ side in the 90th minute, before Dimitri Payet struck a second in injury time.

Friday, June 10, France 2-1 Romania 
Olivier Giroud scored the first goal of Euro 2016 as hosts France kicked off the tournament with a win. The Arsenal striker had already gone close with two headers and a left-foot shot when he soared to beat goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu to Dimitri Payet's cross in the 57th minute. Bogdan Stancu levelled from the penalty spot but Payet had the final word, arrowing a shot into the top corner to delight the Stade de France crowd. Arsenal duo Giroud and Laurent Koscielny completed the full 90 minutes.

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