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Home   /   Mbappe and Giroud shine as France beat Poland 3-1 in Qatar to advance to 2022 FIFA World Cup last eight

Olivier Giroud and Kylian Mbappe inspired France to a 3-1 win over Poland and book a place in the quarter-finals of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. 

Giroud gave France the lead right before half-time after being played in by Kylian Mbappe and slotting the ball past WojciechΒ SzczΔ™sny. The 36-year-old became France’s all-time leading goal scorer in the process.

Mbappe was on hand to round off a perfectly executed counterattack in the 74th minute to double France’s tally. 

The PSG man struck again in added time in the second half to put the result beyond doubt. It was the 23-year-old’s fifth goal of the competition and gave him an outrightΒ lead in the race for the Golden Boot.

Poland got a consolation goal with a late penalty through Robert Lewandowski after VAR intervened to deny Hugo Lloris a clean sheet. 

Lloris denied Piotr Zielinski before a combination of Theo Hernandez and Raphael Varane helped the French skipper out with goal-line defending in the first half. He also prevented an acrobatic effort from Arkadiusz Milik in added time. 

The win means France will now face either England or Senegal for a spot in the semi-finals of the tournament.

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