World Cup winner Giroud ends tournament without shot on target

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The Chelsea striker may have failed to find the net, but his big presence allowed others around him to flourish on the field

World Cup winner Olivier Giroud has ended his campaign without a single shot on target in 546 minutes of action.

The Chelsea striker played 81 minutes of Les Bleus' thrilling 4-2 final win over Croatia on Sunday where his woes in front of goal continued.

After failing to start France's first game against Australia, Giroud was introduced into the starting XI for the second group clash against Peru – a position he did not relinquish for the remainder of the tournament.

While he failed to pose much in the way of a goal threat, his physical presence allowed Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann to flourish, the duo causing havoc for defences throughout Russia 2018.

The closest Giroud came, interestingly, was in the only match of the tournament which ended goalless - France's clash with Denmark - which can be seen in the video below.

At the other end of the pitch, previously unheard of right-back Benjamin Pavard got himself into the stat books for all the right reasons, having never lost a match whilst representing his country.

Unlike goalshy Giroud, young Pavard will no doubt have an abundance of suitors lining up for his signature this summer after having scored one of the goals of the tournament against Lionel Messi's Argentina to announce his arrival on the grandest of stages.

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