France 3-1 Poland: Giroud's record goal and Mbappe's double puts World Cup holders into quarter-final

Chuck Blake

Updated: Dec 05, 2022 01:33

France 3-1 Poland: Olivier Giroud's record goal and Kylian Mbappe's double puts World Cup holders into quarter-finals

Giroud's first-half goal (44) helped propel Les Bleus to a last-16 victory in Doha and set up a quarterfinal match against England on Saturday at 7 p.m. with his 52nd goal for France, breaking Thierry Henry's record.


Goalscorers Olivier Giroud and Kylian Mbappe fired France through to the World Cup quarter-finals

Olivier Giroud became France's all-time men's record goalscorer as his opener and Kylian Mbappe's second-half double gave the World Cup holders a 3-1 win over Poland to move them into the quarter-finals.

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Match report as France beat Poland 3-1 to reach World Cup quarter-finals; Olivier Giroud scored opener to become France's all-time men's record goalscorer; Kylian Mbappe scored second-half double to make it five goals in Qatar; Poland's Robert Lewandowski scored late penalty


The 36-year-old, who had equalled Henry's tally of 51 after scoring twice in their opening Group D win over Australia, broke the record on his 117th appearance for France.

How France reached the quarter-finals

29 min: Giroud misses a big chance at back post

38 min: Poland have an effort cleared off the line by Varane

44 min: Giroud opens scoring with record goal for France

74 min: Mbappe makes it 2-0 with powerful strike

90+1 min: Mbappe scores stunning second in top corner

90+7 min: Poland awarded penalty for Upamecano handball

90+8 min: Lewandowski's penalty saved but Lloris off his line

90+9 min: Lewandowski scores retake from spot

At the Al Thumama Stadium, France dominated the opening minutes and Giroud could have given them an early lead when he missed the back post after receiving a cross from Ousmane Dembele.

Poland, who had advanced to the round of 16 for the first time since 1986, nearly scored a shocking opening goal as Lloris saved Piotr Zielinski and Raphael Varane cleared Jakub Kaminski's rebound off the line.


Hugo Lloris saved from Piotr Zielinski to deny Poland an opener

In the 44th minute, Giroud, who had been assisted by Mbappe, finished past Wojciech Szczesny with a left-footed shot for his third goal of the competition, breaking the record for men's goalscorers for France.

Midway through the second half, Mbappe gave France breathing room by beating Szczesny with a shot to make it 2-0. He then added a beautiful third goal into the top corner to prevent Poland from reaching the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time since 1982.


Mbappe scored twice in the win over Poland

With his fourth and fifth goals in Qatar, the 23-year-old made history by becoming the first player to reach nine World Cup goals before turning 24. He now has as many goals as Lionel Messi of Argentina, who is 35 years old.

Dayot Upamecano of France committed a handball, which allowed Robert Lewandowski to score his second World Cup goal from the penalty spot with the game's final kick.

Lloris saved the Barcelona striker's first penalty, but Lewandowski scored on the second try because the French captain did not put his feet on the line.

Opta stats: France keep up impressive last-16 record

France has advanced from all six of its World Cup round of 16 games, including in each of the previous three tournaments in a succession (2014, 2018 and 2022).

For the first time since 2002, Poland suffered multiple goal defeats in back-to-back World Cup losses (0-2 v Korea Republic and 0-4 v Portugal).

Under Didier Deschamps, France has only lost one of their seven games in the World Cup knockout stages, and that loss came in 2014 to eventual champion Germany (0-1 in the quarter-final). Since that loss in the World Cup knockout round, they have won each of their last five games.

Since Roger Milla's goal against Colombia in 1990, France's Olivier Giroud (36y 65d) is the oldest player to score in the World Cup's knockout rounds (excluding own goals) (38y 34d).

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