France overcame Austria to increase their chances of avoiding Nations League relegation, while Olivier Giroud became the oldest goal scorer in French history.
Kylian Mbappe’s early strike was disallowed for offside, and Aurelien Tchouameni’s bicycle kick was deflected into the bar as Les Bleus controlled.
Giroud, who overcame three players to shoot from 16 yards, helped Mbappe get off to a strong start.
The 35-year-old AC Milan striker Giroud expertly headed in France’s second goal.
He is 70 days older than Roger Marche was in December 1959 when he scored against Spain at 35 years and 357 days.
Only two goals separate Giroud from Thierry Henry’s 51-goal France record.
Going into Sunday’s Group A1 decider in Denmark, France—who would have been eliminate if they had lost—moves ahead of Austria.
Croatia now leads the division with a 2-1 victory against Denmark, who would have taken first place in the group if they had won in Zagreb.
Defender Borna Sosa gave the visitors the lead with his first goal for his country. Christian Eriksen, a midfielder for Manchester United, equalized with an incredible long-range shot. But Lovro Majer scored the game-winning goal from beyond the box two minutes later.
Croatia has to defeat Austria on Sunday to secure a spot in the finals and a play-off spot for the 2024 European Championship.