Olivier Giroud must be one of the most frustrating footballers in the world.
Sometimes he’s brilliant. Sometimes he’s awful. That sort of inconsistency has already been demonstrated in France’s Euro 2016 campaign.
But he showed his class during France’s all-important quarter-final clash with Iceland. Blaise Matuidi knocked a brilliant ball over the top and Giroud finished it superbly through the legs of Hannes Halldorsson in the 12th-minute. It was his ninth goal in nine starts for the national side as France look to emulate their 1998 World Cup success.
Check out Giroud’s strike below:
Arsenal fans reacted hilariously to Giroud’s finish with many wondering why he doesn’t score those sort of goals in the red of an Arsenal shirt, and claiming that he's only scored because of Arsene Wenger signing Japanese striker Takuma Asano.
Giroud’s goal certainly appeared to give France the impetus against the minnows of Iceland. Just eight minutes after the opener, Paul Pogba rose highest in the penalty box to head in a corner from Antoine Griezmann to give Les Blues a seemingly comfortable lead.
It was one thing for Iceland to come back from 1-0 down against England, but to come back from 2-0 against France in their own country in a different thing entirely.
If France do beat Iceland, they will set up a mouth-watering semi-final clash with Germany after they triumphed over Italy on penalties on Saturday night.