Minnows Andorra provided the major upset of the night with a 1-0 defeat of Hungary for a first World Cup qualifying win since 2004. Controlling a bouncing ball just with his leg, he unleashed a left-footed volley which flew into the far corner to leave Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen completely stranded in the 37th minute.
The out-of-nowhere was the last meaningful moment of the match with the referee calling time on the match immediately after the restart.
The Swedes, who had lost 2-1 when the sides met in Paris in November, spent the opening half-hour frustrating the visitors, getting stuck in to challenges and slowing the tempo, but that all changed when Giroud scored and the game burst into life.
"They surprised us in the first match", Lloris told reporters.
However, Sweden leveled matters six minutes later as Jimmy Durmaz turned home Hans Augustinsson inviting cross from the left.
The coach added that "the draw was not the ideal result but would have been a good point, which would have allowed us to keep Sweden behind".
Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben put the Netherlands ahead after 21 minutes.
Making his national record 131st worldwide appearance - and on his 33rd birthday - attacking midfielder Wesley Sneijder made it 2-0 with a right-foot blast from outside the penalty area in the 34th.
Georgi Kostadinov netted a consolation for Bulgaria in stoppage time.
Hungary are now a distant eight points behind Portugal after they crashed to Andorra, a first-half header from Marc Rebes giving the minnows a rare triumph.
Belgium strengthened their position at the top of Group H with a 2-0 win against Estonia, who finished with 10 men.
Then, in the 93rd minute, a massive Hugo Lloris howler would be punished (expertly) by Ola Toivonen.