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The deadlock was broken by the visitors just after the quarter-hour mark when Mesut Ozil’s cross from the left was acrobatically netted by Olivier Giroud from 16 yards out

QPR, to their credit, made for a nervy finish when Austin turned into space on the edge of the box before lasing a fierce shot towards goal past the helpless Ospina

The visitors took the lead after just eight minutes when Pape Souare brought down Danny Welbeck inside the box, leaving a calm and collected Santi Cazorla to roll home adroitly from the spot

Boro, who knocked out Premier League champions, Manchester City, in the fourth round, were chasing shadows for much of the first half and managed just one shot before the interval

“I didn’t want to talk a lot about this situation, it’s always the same when you’re losing a game, it’s always like that and the first man in front of the criticism is the boss,” said Giroud

The Chelsea player claimed referee Mark Geiger saw Giroud strike him in a 29th minute tangle, but opted against showing the Arsenal man a card before France battled to a 2-0 win and a place in the quarter-finals

France controlled the game from the first whistle with Paul Pogba running the game in midfield with Yohan Cabaye, Blaise Matuidi and Mathieu Valbuena.
Their passing and movement was too much for Honduras to handle but the final ball was lacking so often

Arsenal, having so far brought in only two free transfers, earned the bragging rights after Giroud tucked home his fourth goal in five appearances to settle an entertaining, but also heated, contest