Olivier Giroud praised for excellent assist for Antoine Griezmann

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Olivier Giroud is just one of those players that fans love to hate. Arsenal fans boo him, French fans boo him, yet he still works his socks off while playing for both teams.

Indeed, Didier Deschamps has faced criticism for keeping his faith in the striker, placing him ahead of fan favourite Andre-Pierre Gignac in the pecking order for their Euro 2016 campaign.

He can, of course, be guilty of missing a couple of good opportunities here and there and his target-man frame is not exactly conducive to the free-flowing football that fans want to see.


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But his critics, of which there are many, were silenced during the second half of France's Round of 16 tie against the Republic of Ireland after Giroud set up Antoine Griezmann's second goal with a world-class header.

Trailing by a goal, Griezmann had already equalised after finishing a very good header in the 57th minute. Only four minutes later, the ball was lumped up towards Giroud, who expertly headed the ball down to give the Atletico Madrid star a one-on-one, which he converted.

Fans on Twitter were quick to praise Giroud for both goals with some noticing his clever movement gave Griezmann freedom to roam in the opposition's box for the first goal.

The first goal

The second goal

Shortly after, he was substituted for Gignac and not a single boo could be heard in the stadium.

Take a look at the best reaction below:

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