The World Cup holders advance to the quarter-finals.
France beat Poland 3-1 in the round of 16 at Qatar’s Al Thumama Stadium on Sunday. The team has had contributions from their all-time leader and someone who seems poised to continue this record.
Olivier Giroud opened the scoring in the 44th minute, tapping in Kylian Mbappe’s pass to give France a 1-0 lead. This figure marked Giroud’s 52nd international goal for France and puts him level with Thierry Henry on the all-time list of goalscorers.
Mbappe put France ahead in the 74th minute. Alone in the area, he brilliantly hit a shot past Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny into the net.
The 23-year-old star is not over yet. And he achieved the victory with a similar blow in the first minute of stoppage time in the second half.
Mbappe’s double raised to five goals in the 2022 World Cup, and scored two goals for him in the tournament’s Golden Boot race, and exceeded his tally of four goals in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Next up for France is the Quarterfinals on Saturday, December 10th at 2pm ET. The winning team will face off in the round of 16 between England and Senegal starting at 2pm on Sunday.
France is already the first World Cup holders since Brazil in 2006 to reach the knockout stages of the next tournament. Now France hopes to become the first country to win two consecutive World Cups since Brazil broke the record in 1962.
For the first time since 1986, Poland qualified for the round of 16 and was eliminated. Robert Lewandowski scored his first goal in the World Cup in the group stage by defeating Saudi Arabia and scored the consolation goal in a penalty shootout in the final match. You lose on Sunday.
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