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    World Cup stats: France’s Olivier Giroud joins Golden Boot conversation and makes history in the process

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    The 2022 World Cup got is underway and we already have four players with at least two goals to heat up the Golden Boot race. The latest to score a brace is Olivier Giroud of France — who tied Thierry Henry with most goals ever scored wearing the iconic Les Bleus shirt with 51 — during a 4-1 victory over Australia in the opening match of the group stage.

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    World Cup statistics

    • Matches played: 8/64
    • Total goals scored: 22
    • Goals per match: 2.75
    • Minutes per goal: 31.8
    • Braces scored: 4
    • Hat tricks scored: 0
    • Own goals: 0
    • Penalty kick success rate: 100% (4/5) 

    Player stats (leaderboard)

    Goals

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    Olivier Giroud

    FRA • F • #9

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    Bukayo Saka

    ENG • M • #17

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    Mehdi Taremi

    IRN • F • #9

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    Enner Valencia

    ECU • F • #13

    Assists

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    Harry Kane

    ENG • F • #9

    Clean sheets

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    Hernan Galindez

    ECU • GK • #1

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    Andries Noppert

    NED • GK • #23

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    Kasper Schmeichel

    DEN • GK • #1

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    Aymen Dahmen

    TUN • GK • #16

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    Guillermo Ochoa

    MEX • G

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    Wojciech Szczesny

    POL • GK • #1

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