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Giroud scores brace in France’s 3-1 win

Olivier Giroud struck twice as France stayed top of World Cup qualifying Group A with an efficient 3-1 victory in Luxembourg on March 25.

Giroud scores brace in France’s 3-1 win
Olivier Giroud (Centre)

Giroud, who has started only seven Premier League games for Arsenal this season, found the back of the net in each half and Antoine Griezmann scored a penalty after Aurelien Joachim had equalised for the hosts. Didier Deschamps’s side, who looked shaky in defence, now have 13 points from five games, three ahead of Sweden who beat Belarus 4-0. France take on Spain in a friendly at the Stade de France on Tuesday before resuming their World Cup qualifying campaign with a trip to Sweden on June 9.

Ronaldo takes Portugal tally to 70

Cristiano Ronaldo scored two stunning goals and took his international tally to 70 as he led Portugal to an emphatic 3-0 win over Hungary. The Portugal captain scored from 25 metres after he was set up by an outrageous backheel from Andre Silva and smashed in a longrange free kick in the second half. Silva had opened the scoring from a move in which Ronaldo also played a part. The win kept the European champions three points behind Group B leaders Switzerland who earlier beat Latvia 1-0 to maintain their 100 percent record with 15 points from five games. Portugal were nearly knocked out of Euro 2016 at the group stage by Hungary, having to come back three times to force a 3-3 draw.

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