Kylian Mbappe scored twice and Olivier Giroud became France’s World Cup record goalscorer as they knocked Poland out of the World Cup Round of 16.
Giroud’s opener before halftime swung the game France’s way after they had struggled to make their mark against a limited but tough Polish side. The AC Milan striker clipped a shot from close range past Wojciech Szczesny to move beyond Thierry Henry in the all-time Les Bleus list, with his 52nd goal for his country.
23 – Aged 23 years and 349 days, Kylian Mbappé is the youngest player to reach five knockout stage goals at the World Cup since Pelé in 1958 (17y 249d). Superstar. pic.twitter.com/Ow7HLvdeM0
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Giroud was involved in Mbappe’s first goal, as France broke out from the back, the PSG star slamming a shot high past Szczesny. His second was even better, shifting the ball from left to right before curling a shot high into the opposite corner, despite the Poland goalkeeper getting a finger to it.
Robert Lewandowski scored a consolation penalty in stoppage time that had to be taken twice after Hugo Lloris had moved off his line in saving Lewandowski’s first attempt.
France moves on into the quarterfinals, where they will face the winners of England