France advanced to the quarter-finals of the World Cup by beating Poland in a poor performance.
The world champions won the last 16 match 3-1 at the Al Thumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar on Sunday (December 4).
After Olivier Giroud put the team ahead in the first half, Mbappe scored two goals in the second half. Robert Lewandowski scored the goal that reduced the margin of defeat for Poland from a penalty late in the match.
France lost 1-0 in their last group match against Tunisia, resting most of the regulars. French coach Didier Deschamps made 9 changes to the XI from that team. Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris sits next to 1998 World Cup winner Lilian Thuram in the record of playing the most 142 matches for France.
France, who dominated possession from the start, got their first chance in the fourth minute. Antoine Griezmann’s corner was missed by Manchester United defender Raphael Varane’s header.
In the 13th minute Ahelia Chuameni took a powerful low shot from outside the box, which was saved by goalkeeper Voychekh Stasny for a corner. Four minutes later, he easily blocked Ousmane Dembele’s shot.
Poland, who reached the last sixteen of the World Cup for the first time since 1986, are busy at home. They could not go to France’s box with the ball. In the 21st minute, Lewandowski’s left-footed shot from about 30 yards went wide of the post.
In the 29th minute, Dembele passed to the far post after entering the box. Although the linesman raised the offside flag. In the 36th minute, Stasni blocked Mbappe’s shot from an awkward angle.
Against the trend of the game, Poland almost got a goal in the 38th minute. Lloris deflected Piotr Zelinski’s shot from the penalty spot on a team-mate’s cutback. The return blocked another attempt by Zelinski to pass the charge. Then Varane saved Yakub Kaminski’s shot from the goal line.
France took the lead in the 44th minute with Giroud’s record goal. After receiving Mbappe’s pass in the D-box, the AC Milan striker found the address with a left-footed shot at the far post.
Giroud has overtaken Thierry Henry as France’s top scorer. His total goals are 52. Three of them are in this World Cup.
Mbappe narrowly missed a goal in the 56th minute. The PSG star’s shot hit the opposition defender’s feet and went just wide of the post. Giroud sent the ball into the net with a superb overhead kick two minutes later, although the referee blew the whistle for a foul before that.
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