Giroud Helped Us, Lucas Admits

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Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud was on song for France as he scored s brilliant header shortly after coming on in France’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Turkey.

Although the goal didn’t get the win for the Les Blues as the Turks scored an equaliser just after five minutes.

Speaking to L’Équipe du Soir, French international left-back Lucas Hernandez hailed Giroud’s impact in the game after coming on as a sub in their 1-1 draw away at Turkey.

He said: “When Giroud came onto the pitch, he did us good. Defensively, Turkey did well. We knew that they were dangerous from set pieces, especially at the far post.

“And their equaliser came just like that. There is disappointment because this was the key match.”

Giroud was pleased with his goal as he said: “Antoine (Griezmann) hits the corner sweetly, I had to be in the right place and right time. It was a fiery header.”

He however revealed that he was disappointed that his side didn’t get the win that could have ensured qualification for Euro 2020.

Asked if he was disappointed after the draw, especially as France were leading, Giroud said: “Yes of course, because we did the hardest bit by scoring in the final minutes but we were breached from a free-kick.”

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