Olivier Giroud bags a brace on landmark night; two assists for Kai Havertz and a clean sheet for Kepa Arrizabalaga

Picking the ball up 25 yards from goal, the forward took two touches to control and set the ball in position and then curled a thundering strike into the top corner with that trusty powerhouse left foot.

The moment that took him past Platini in the scoring stakes and to within nine of record goalscorer Thierry Henry was also typical Giroud. Lurking on the shoulder of the last defender, he was quickest to react when the goalkeeper parried a fierce strike from Houssem Aouar and crouched low to nod a stooping header into the back of the unguarded net.

An own goal before the break gave the hosts a 4-0 half-time lead although Ukraine, managed by former Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko, did at least reduce the deficit in the second period at the Stade de France before three goals in the final 25 minutes gave Didier Deschamps’s men a big 7-1 victory. N’Golo Kante did not feature from the bench.

A special night then for Giroud as he moves into the pantheon of Gallic greats – only seven men have more French caps than him and just one has more goals – although how much he deserved the acclaim of 80,000 appreciative Parisians as he left the field with 15 minutes to play.

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