PARIS (AP) — Olivier Giroud scored twice and Karim Benzema finally ended his long international goal drought as France thrashed a poor Australia team 6-0 in a friendly on Friday.
In addition to his well-taken goals, Giroud's excellent touch and link play is likely to give him the edge over Benzema to wear the No. 9 jersey. Benzema ended his 15-match run without a France goal by turning in Franck Ribery's cross from the left early in the second half.
Ribery scored his third goal in the past two games to give France the lead after eight minutes, and then set up a further two in the first half to underline his status as France's most influential player.
Midfielder Yohan Cabaye and right back Mathieu Debuchy, both Newcastle players, added the other goals.