With France struggling, again, to score goals and relying on a late winner, it was a frustrating night for Olivier Giroud against Albania on Wednesday.

MARSEILLE, FRANCE - JUNE 15: Olivier Giroud of France looks dejected following a missed chance during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group A match between France and Albania at Stade Velodrome on June 15, 2016 in Marseille, France. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MARSEILLE, FRANCE – JUNE 15: Olivier Giroud of France looks dejected following a missed chance during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group A match between France and Albania at Stade Velodrome on June 15, 2016 in Marseille, France. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Although the 4-2-3-1 system was supposed to favour him, France’s inability to get Payet in the right area, combined with Martial’s awful performance, meant Giroud had to rely on his heading ability to score goals.

MARSEILLE, FRANCE - JUNE 15: Olivier Giroud of France looks on during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group A match between France and Albania at Stade Velodrome on June 15, 2016 in Marseille, France. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MARSEILLE, FRANCE – JUNE 15: Olivier Giroud of France looks on during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group A match between France and Albania at Stade Velodrome on June 15, 2016 in Marseille, France. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

He had five headed attempts and all where off targets with one of them hitting the post. For some reason, the France team was misfiring again despite Didier Deschamps benching the poorly-performing Pogba and Griezmann and replacing them with two wingers in Coman and Martial.

France's forward Olivier Giroud reacts during the Euro 2016 group A football match between France and Albania at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille on June 15, 2016. / AFP / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)
France’s forward Olivier Giroud reacts during the Euro 2016 group A football match between France and Albania at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille on June 15, 2016. / AFP / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

Giroud did his usual job in link-up play and certainly would have deserved a goal. He was close to getting his second of the tournament as another header unfortunately hit the post with the keeper being beaten.

MARSEILLE, FRANCE - JUNE 15: Olivier Giroud of France looks dejected following a missed chance during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group A match between France and Albania at Stade Velodrome on June 15, 2016 in Marseille, France. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MARSEILLE, FRANCE – JUNE 15: Olivier Giroud of France looks dejected following a missed chance during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group A match between France and Albania at Stade Velodrome on June 15, 2016 in Marseille, France. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Overall, it ended up as an average night for the striker with no goal to show for it, but he should keep his place in the starting 11 for next game, unless Didier Deschamps decides to do a full squad rotation as France are through to the last 16 already.

France's forward Olivier Giroud reacts following a goal scored by a fellow player during the Euro 2016 group A football match between France and Albania at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille on June 15, 2016. France beat Albania 2-0. / AFP / FRANCK FIFE
France’s forward Olivier Giroud reacts following a goal scored by a fellow player during the Euro 2016 group A football match between France and Albania at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille on June 15, 2016. France beat Albania 2-0. / AFP / FRANCK FIFE

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