PARIS - Olivier Giroud scored a double as France stepped up their World Cup preparations on Tuesday with a 4-0 victory over Norway at the Stade de France in the first of three pre-tournament friendlies. Paul Pogba netted a first-half opener in Paris, while Giroud enhanced his reputation ahead of next month's finals in Brazil through a second-half brace that came either side of Loic Remy's first international goal since 2011.

Despite the absence of some key regulars, Deschamps fielded a strong side featuring seven probable starters for Les Bleus' World Cup opener against Honduras on June 15. Hugo Lloris and Franck Ribery were both rested while Karim Benzema and Raphael Varane have yet to join up with the squad after helping Real Madrid win the Champions League final against city rivals Atletico on Saturday.

France made a promising start as Antoine Griezmann and Giroud both tested Norway goalkeeper Orjan Nyland with headers inside the opening few minutes. Griezmann again came close to putting the hosts in front when he redirected Yohan Cabaye's bouncing effort just wide of the far post, but it wasn't long before France found the breakthrough. Mathieu Valbuena clipped a cross into the box and Pogba was on hand to send a stooping header beyond a helpless Nyland to give Les Bleus a 15th-minute lead.

The Juventus midfielder came close to a second shortly after as he fired narrowly wide from distance before France goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier, winning just his second cap as a stand-in for Lloris, held a low fizzing strike from Norway's Alexander Tettey. Saint-Etienne keeper Ruffier, whose international debut came in a 2-1 defeat against the same opposition four years ago, then stuck out his right hand to deny Tom Hogli. Giroud then doubled his tally, again combining well with Valbuena, as he sent an excellent looping header into the far corner to cap a resounding win two minutes later.

USA beat Azerbaijan 2-0: Second-half goals from Mix Diskerud and Aron Johannsson lifted the United States to a 2-0 victory over Azerbaijan on Tuesday in a pre-World Cup international friendly. Playing their first match since manager Jurgen Klinsmann announced his 23-man squad for the World Cup finals -- from which all-time leading US scorer Landon Donovan was a notable absentee -- the United States still have a few things to sort out before heading to Brazil. While Donovan's omission was big news, a big question remaining for the United States is who will be the starting central defence pairing when they take on Ghana in their World Cup opener on June 16.

With regular starter Omar Gonzalez nursing an injury, DaMarcus Beasley and Geoff Cameron started together on Tuesday but were rarely tested in the early going. The Americans created several quality scoring chances early, despite the absence of Clint Dempsey, who was scratched just before kickoff due to groin soreness and replaced by Chris Wondolowski.

The visitors had an opportunity to strike in the 12th minute when a free kick from Mahir Sukurov hit the right post. The Americans found it tough to break down a stubborn Azerbaijan back line in the first half and went into the break scoreless. With the pace slower in the second half, the United States broke through in the 75th minute when a free kick from Brad Davis was knocked down in the penalty area. Michael Bradley's effort from the edge of the box was stopped by Agayev, but Diskerud was there to fire home the third international goal of his career. Six minutes later the Americans made it 2-0 when Davis served an excellent left-footed corner kick into the box onto the head of Johannsson, who rose and powered a header into the top right corner of the net.

Tunisia beat South Korea in World Cup send-off: Tunisia beat South Korea 1-0 Wednesday in a psychological setback for the former World Cup semi-finalists before they leave for the June-July edition in Brazil. Midfielder Zouhaier Dhaouadi netted the game's only goal late in the first half at Seoul World Cup Stadium, as the visitors handed Georges Leekens a victory on his debut as coach.

While Tunisia celebrated, this was not the send-off the Taeguk Warriors would have wanted as the 2002 semi-finalists set off for their eighth consecutive World Cup. Goal-shy South Korea , who will face Belgium, Algeria and Russia in Group H, travel to Miami on Friday where they will play another friendly against Ghana on June 9.

After a cautious start, South Korean captain Koo Ja-Cheol had the first dangerous attempt from outside the box in the 14th minute, but fired just wide of the right post.

The hosts were shading possession but were not able to threaten. Bayer Leverkusen's Son Heung-Min got a sight of goal on the half-hour but his shot went straight at goalkeeper Farouk Ben Mustapha. Tunisia came into the game late in the first half, with Wissem Yahya forcing South Korean 'keeper Jung Sung-Ryong into a sharp save in the 42nd minute. And the visitors broke the deadlock two minutes later, when Dhaouadi took the ball in midfield and sprinted virtually uncontested into the area before putting it past the diving Jung.