Record scorer Giroud, superb Mbappe send France into quarters
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DOHA: Olivier Giroud’s record goal and Kylian Mbappe’s moments of sheer brilliance sent defending champions France into the quarterfinals of the World Cup with a 3-1 victory over Poland today.
Les Bleus, who will face either Senegal or England for a spot in the last four, had to dig deep but scored on the stroke of halftime as Giroud became the outright all-time scorer for France with 52 goals before Mbappe’s 74th-minute and stoppage-time screamers sealed Poland’s fate.
Poland, in the knockout stage for the first time since 1986 and looking for a first quarterfinal appearance since 1982, had a huge chance in the first half but the France midfield did a great job at cutting the feeding line to Robert Lewandowski, who reduced the arrears with a last-second penalty.
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