League of Nations recap Giroud makes history in France after sinking Austria
France kept their hopes of remaining in the Nations League first group alive when Olivier Giroud became their all-time leading goalscorer in a 2-0 home win over Austria.
Kylian Mbappé opened the scoring with a great strike in the 56th minute as he beat five defenders following a perfect Giroud cross before the Milan striker headed in Antoine Griezmann's cross four minutes later.
Giroud, who has once again shown his manager Didier Deschamps that he is more than a third-choice centre-forward, is 35 years and 357 days old, 70 days older than France's top scorer Roger Marche when he scored against Spain in December. of 1959. .
However, France's victory was valuable as defender Jules Koundé and goalkeeper Mike Maignan both suffered accidents. They could join Karim Benzema, Hugo Lloris and Paul Pogba in the band.
Croatia's substitute Lovro Majer's late goal sealed a 2–1 win over Denmark in the other group stage match. The winning goal came just two minutes after captain Christian Eriksen's superb equalizer.
Borna Sosa opened the scoring for the hosts with an enticing finish four minutes after the break, but a magical moment from Eriksen seemed to secure the finish when he fired an excellent shot in the 77th minute.Lovro Majer celebrates after putting Croatia back in front against Denmark. Photo: Pixsell/MB Media/Getty Images
The relief was short-lived, however, as Majer snatched the ball on the edge of the area past Kasper Schmeichel. Croatia now leads the group with 10 points, one ahead of Denmark.
Cody Gakpo scored early and Steven Bergwijn added a second to give the Netherlands a 2-0 victory in Poland.
Gakpo's first goal in the 13th minute at Narodowy Stadium came at the end of a deft passing game when striker Denzel Dumfrie scored from a perfect square after the Polish point guard was swept away.
Bergwijn doubled the lead in the 60th minute, scoring a clever one-two with substitute Vincent Janssen down the left flank and deftly lobbing the ball into the net. The Louis van Gaal side have now won four of their five games in League A Group 4 and are three points behind Belgium, who beat Wales 2-1.
Turkey and Luxembourg delivered a six-goal thriller in Group 1 of League C, with Ismail Yuksek scoring in the 87th minute to salvage a 3-3 draw for the hosts via divergent recovery from the group and leading to a draw when Lithuania defeated the Faroe Islands. to a 1-1 draw.