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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 Wojciechย Szczฤ™sny. The 36-year-old became Franceโ€™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 Franceโ€™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 outrightย 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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December 2023