Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud lit up the Itaipava Arena Fonte in Salvador with a wonderful display during France’s 5-2 demolition of Switzerland.
After the game, impressed by what he saw, fellow Arsenal star Mesut Ozil praised his club teammate on Twitter with a special shout out to the Gunners' power.
Giroud initially started France’s World Cup campaign from the bench, but last night boss Didier Deschamps felt that the striker’s aerial threat would come in handy against a relatively small Switzerland side.
The gamble ultimately paid off, as the 27-year-old was at the heart of everything in the lone striker role and nudged his side in front when he met Mathieu Valbuena’s 18th-minute corner.
The former Montpellier star’s goal simply opened the floodgates for France, who doubled their lead just seconds later as midfielder Blaise Matuide found the bottom corner following a neat layoff.
Giroud also added an assist before half-time, returning the favour as he crossed in for Valbuena to smash home from close range to give the French a 3-0 lead going into the interval.
Further goals from Benzema and Moussa Sissoko completed the rout, before Switzerland added two consolation goals in the last 10 minutes of the match.
As for Giroud, after notching 22 goals for Arsenal over the season, he has clearly brought his shooting boots to the French team over the last month as his first-half strike was his fourth in as many starts.