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  • Updated: December 04, 2022

World Cup 2022: Mbappe Braces France Past Poland As Giroud Makes Record

World Cup 2022: Mbappe Braces France Past Poland As Giroud M

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Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud starred for defending champions France to send them into the quarterfinals of the World Cup with a 3-1 victory against Poland on Sunday.

Les Bleus, who will face either Senegal or England for a spot in the last four, had to dig deep but scored on the stroke of halftime as Giroud became the outright all-time scorer for France with 52 goals before Mbappe's 74th-minute and stoppage-time screamers sealed Poland's fate.

Poland, in the knockout stage for the first time since 1986 and looking for a first quarterfinal appearance since 1982, had a huge chance in the first half but the France midfield did a great job at cutting the feeding line to Robert Lewandowski, who reduced the arrears with a twice-taken, last-second penalty.

Keeper Hugo Lloris made his 142nd appearance and is now tied with Lilian Thuram as France's most-capped player, and his experience mattered when he made a superb quick save to deny Piotr Zielinski.

Coach Didier Deschamps had warned that there was more to Poland than Lewandowski and he was proved right at the Al Thumama stadium as the French were at times shaky at the back.

Coach Didier Deschamps had warned that there was more to Poland than Lewandowski and he was proved right at the Al Thumama stadium as the French were at times shaky at the back.

"It's not been easy because they're a well-organised team and we had to make some positional changes at halftime," said Deschamps.

"We're a united squad and tonight the players' impeccable behaviour has been rewarded. Now we're going to spend a little bit of time with our families."

France got off to a dominant start before abandoning possession, looking to create space in the back of the Polish defence after Mbappe's first forays failed to lead to clear chances.

Poland's poise came close to being rewarded in the 38th minute when the onrushing Zielinski's shot was parried by Lloris. It then came back into the midfielder's path but his second attempt was deflected by Theo Hernandez.

Jakub Kaminski followed, only for his shot to be saved close to the goal line by Raphael Varane.

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World Cup 2022/2023 TABLE

World Cup
No Teams P Pts
1 Netherlands 3 7
2 Senegal 3 6
3 Ecuador 3 4
4 Qatar 3 0
No Teams P Pts
1 England 3 7
2 USA 3 5
3 Iran 3 3
4 Wales 3 1
No Teams P Pts
1 Argentina 3 6
2 Poland 3 4
3 Mexico 3 4
4 Saudi Arabia 3 3
No Teams P Pts
1 France 3 6
2 Australia 3 6
3 Tunisia 3 4
4 Denmark 3 1
No Teams P Pts
1 Japan 3 6
2 Spain 3 4
3 Germany 3 4
4 Costa Rica 3 3
No Teams P Pts
1 Morocco 3 7
2 Croatia 3 5
3 Belgium 3 4
4 Canada 3 0
No Teams P Pts
1 Brazil 3 6
2 Switzerland 3 6
3 Cameroon 3 4
4 Serbia 3 1
No Teams P Pts
1 Portugal 3 6
2 South Korea 3 4
3 Uruguay 3 4
4 Black Stars 3 3
Full Table

SPORTS SPOTLIGHT

Olivier Giroud
Olivier
Giroud
FR France
  • HEIGHT

    1.93m

  • WEIGHT

    91 kg

  • AGE

    36

Kylian Mbappe
Kylian
Mbappe
FR France
  • HEIGHT

    178cm

  • WEIGHT

    73kg

  • AGE

    24

SPORTS SPOTLIGHT

Poland
Poland

Poland National Football Team has represented Poland in men's international football competitions since their first match in 1921. The ...

France
France

France National Football Team represents France in men's international football and is controlled by the French Football Federation, al...

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