Football: Giroud double helps France sink Scotland

Giroud celebrates his goal during the friendly football match between France and Scotland.
Giroud celebrates his goal during the friendly football match between France and Scotland.PHOTO: AFP

METZ, France (AFP) - Olivier Giroud scored twice as France thumped Scotland 3-0 on Saturday in their final warm-up match ahead of next week's Euro 2016 opener against Romania at the Stade de France.

Arsenal striker Giroud cleverly flicked home a Bacary Sagna cross to fire France into an eighth-minute lead in Metz, and he added a second on 35 minutes after David Marshall could only parry a crisp low drive from Dimitri Payet.

Laurent Koscielny turned in a third from a corner shortly after, while Paul Pogba nearly added a fourth when his second-half free-kick smacked against the post.

Hosts France kick off the European Championship on Friday against Romania, with Didier Deschamps' side also facing tournament debutants Albania and Switzerland in Group A.