Olivier Giroud’s fine form continued during the international break as he scored during France’s 2-0 friendly win over Denmark in St Etienne.
The Euro 2016 hosts bounced back from their 3-1 defeat to Brazil, with the Arsenal striker taking his tally to seven goals in his last eight games in all competitions for club and country.
Laurent Koscielny also played the full 90 minutes, keeping a clean sheet in the process. Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette opened his account for the national side before Giroud doubled his side’s advantage later on in the first half.
Mesut Ozil claimed an assist in Germany’s 2-0 win against Georgia in Group D. The midfielder set up Thomas Muller for Germany’s second, after rumoured Gunners target Marco Reus had given the World Cup winners the lead five minutes earlier.
Lukas Podolski, currently on loan at Inter Milan, came on for Mario Gotze in the 86th minute. That win takes the Germans to 10 points from five games, one point behind Wojciech Szczesny’s Poland.
The keeper sat on the bench for his side’s 1-1 draw with the Republic of Ireland, as former Arsenal keeper Lukasz Fabianski was preferred between the sticks.
Slawomir Peszko opened the scoring for Adam Nalawka’s outfit, before Shane Long’s injury time finish rescued a point for the hosts in Dublin.
There could be more Arsenal players in international action tonight, with David Ospina’s Colombia facing Kuwait and Calum Chambers set to turn out for England under-21s against their German counterparts.
Meanwhile, the Emirates Stadium played host to Alexis Sanchez’s Chile as they lost an all South American clash 1-0 to Brazil.
Roberto Firmino’s goal was enough to give the Brazilians the win in what was a rematch of the first round of 16 game at last summer’s World Cup, held in Brazil. Gabriel Paulista, the recently acquired Arsenal defender, was an unused substitute for Dunga’s men.
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