Giroud scores outrageous volley against Sweden

Laura Christensen
June 10, 2017

A disastrous error from Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris handed Sweden a 2-1 victory in their World Cup qualifier over France. Check out Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud's left-footed volley that gave France an early 1-0 advantage.

However the France captain turned villain with just seconds remaining as he attempted to bring the ball out of defence before a disgusting miskick found Toivonen, who expertly dispatched into an empty goal to claim a big win.

But Jimmy Durmaz equalised for Sweden just before half-time with his first global goal since October 2014.

At the De Kuip stadium in Rotterdam, the Dutch moved up to third place - three points behind co-leaders Sweden and France - by routing last-placed Luxembourg 5-0.

Veterans Arjen Robben (21) and Wesley Sneijder (34) laid the groundwork for a Dutch victory in coach Dick Advocaat's first game in charge. Bulgaria are fourth, just four points behind Sweden - who sit at the summit on goal difference from Didier Deschamps' men - despite suffering a surprise loss in Belarus.

Olsen was just as busy as his opposite number, though, and the Sweden keeper needed to get across and push away Griezmann's 30-yard free kick shortly after the hour mark to keep the scores level.

Paul Pogba curled narrowly past the far post moments later, before the hosts hit back with chances for Jacob Johansson and Durmaz. We can not believe that it is all over - we are calm, but careful, ' the 48-year-old added.

Andorra midfielder Marc Rebes (centre, No4) celebrates his goal against Hungary.

In Group B, Switzerland remain top after beating the Faroe Islands 2-0, thanks to their stars Granit Shaka (36) and Xerdan Shaqiri (59), and are three points ahead of Portugal, the reigning European champions, who beat Latvia thanks to another Ronaldo goal scoring display. They've been on target in each of their last nine matches since a 1-0 defeat to Belgium that knocked them out of the Euros.

"A draw would not have been ideal but it was a good point".

The Swedes, who had lost 2-1 when the sides met in Paris in November, spent the opening half-hour frustrating the visitors, getting stuck in to challenges and slowing the tempo, but that all changed when Giroud scored and the game burst into life.

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