Giroud hat-trick paces France in rout of Paraguay

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It was only a friendly but France showed Paraguay no mercy on Friday as Les Bleus cruised to a comfortable 5-0 victory over their South American opponent at Roazhon Park in Rennes.

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Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud paced the host nation as the Gunners striker recorded his first-ever international hat-trick on the day with goals in the sixth, 13th and 69th minutes.

Les Bleus continued to pile it on in the second stanza when Moussa Sissoko and Antoine Griezmann fired home in back-to-back minutes to extend the France lead to an eventual 5-0 scoreline.

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Hugo Lloris broke the French record for appearances — held by Fabien Barthez — with the national team, as the Tottenham shot-stopper earned his 88th cap for Les Bleus on Friday.

France will be back in action on June 9 against Sweden when it continues its path towards the 2018 World Cup.