Giroud scores twice as France beats Norway 4-0

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 27, 2014 at 5:02 pm •  Published: May 27, 2014
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PARIS (AP) — Striker Olivier Giroud scored twice and winger Mathieu Valbuena set up three goals as France began its World Cup preparation in fine style with a 4-0 win against Norway on Tuesday.

Paul Pogba headed France into the lead in the 15th minute and, after France's performance had dropped in intensity, Giroud got things going early in the second half with an expertly-taken goal. Substitute Loic Remy scored shortly after he coming on, and Giroud rounded off a good night for coach Didier Deschamps' team with a glancing header.

France plays Paraguay on Sunday and then takes on Jamaica in its final friendly match on June 8 before heading to Brazil.

"We played with a lot of intensity and determination, which is very positive," Deschamps said. "We're not ready (for the World Cup) yet, but you can sense that there is a collective determination in this side."

Les Bleus have been drawn in Group E and will face Ecuador, Honduras and Switzerland.

"It's about getting players used to our system, players who may play in a slightly different way for their clubs," Deschamps said, looking ahead to the next two matches.

Deschamps rested striker Karim Benzema, winger Franck Ribery and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, with Stephane Ruffier making his second appearance in goal for France.

Norway goalkeeper Orjan Haskjold Nyland was busy from the start.

He tipped over Antoine Griezmann's header from Valbuena's freekick and then made a brilliant point-blank stop from Giroud's header from the resulting corner. Griezmann's glancing header flew past him —and the post — moments later.