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FIFA 2022: France beat Poland to reach World Cup quarter-finals

Holders France continued to press after the break, with Giroud almost netting a second when he flicked Jules Kounde’s cross just past the near post.

FIFA 2022: France beat Poland to reach World Cup quarter-finals
France's Kylian Mbappe is congratulated by Poland's Robert Lewandowski and Poland's Krystian Bielik at the end of the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between France and Poland, at the Al Thumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022. (AP Photo)

France beat Poland 3-1 in a record-smashing World Cup last-16 clash on Sunday that saw Olivier Giroud become France’s outright all-time top scorer and Kylian Mbappe score a magnificent double.France were relentless on the attack as they pushed for an opening goal but could not unlock a sturdy Poland until just before the break when Mbappe played a pin-point ball through to Giroud, who hammered it past a diving Wojciech Szczesny to claim his 52nd goal for Les Bleus.

Holders France continued to press after the break, with Giroud almost netting a second when he flicked Jules Kounde’s cross just past the near post. But Mbappe did not miss in the 74th minute, unleashing a missile from just inside the penalty area that shot into the top corner.

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Mbappe was not done, adding a second goal in stoppage time with another screamer to seal the win and take his total for the tournament to five.Poland got a consolation goal from a Robert Lewandowski penalty.France will next face the winners of the England versus Senegal game, being played later on Sunday. 

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First published on: 04-12-2022 at 23:06 IST