France beat Ivory Coast in a friendly thanks to the winner of Tchouameni

France 2-1 Ivory Coast: Olivier Giroud marks his international comeback with a goal but it’s Monaco star Aurélien Tchouameni who picks up a spectacular winner as the world champions claim a sixth successive victory in Marseille

  • France beat Ivory Coast 2-1 in an international friendly match in Marseille
  • Nicolas Pepe put the visitors in front before Olivier Giroud equalized
  • Aurélien Tchouameni hit a winning goal in the 93rd minute to give victory to France

Olivier Giroud defied doubters again as he marked his return to France by scoring his 47th international goal as the world champions beat Ivory Coast 2-1 in a friendly on Friday.

Giroud, who hadn’t been called up since his country were knocked out in the round of 16 of the European Championship last year, canceled out Nicolas Pepe’s opener to come within four goals of the all-time record of Thierry Henry in France before Aurélien Tchouameni concluded the match. win in stoppage time.

The AC Milan striker, who rarely disappointed coach Didier Deschamps despite having limited playing time at Chelsea, has been brought into the squad following the injury to Karim Benzema.

Olivier Giroud equalized for France after falling behind to Ivory Coast

Aurélien Tchouameni (centre) was France's hero as he scored a spectacular late winner

Aurélien Tchouameni (centre) was France’s hero as he scored a spectacular late winner

He started alongside Christopher Nkunku as Kylian Mbappe sat on the bench after suffering an ear, nose and throat infection earlier this week.

France will face South Africa in Lille on Tuesday.

They got off to a shaky start, but once they found their pace more threatened than their opponents, Paul Pogba and Tchouameni led the midfield into a crowded Stade Vélodrome.

Pepe burst into the box and fired a low cross shot from the near post that beat goalkeeper Hugo Lloris after 19 minutes as the French defense were caught napping.

Aurélien Tchouameni headed home from a corner in added time to give France the win

Aurélien Tchouameni headed home from a corner in added time to give France the win

It took three minutes for France to react with Giroud heading home from team-mate Theo Hernandez for the equaliser.

The Blues kept pushing and Nkunku went close in the first half but his header went too high.

They were rewarded, however, three minutes into added time when Tchouameni headed his first goal in eight appearances from a Matteo Guendouzi corner.

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