France vs Poland Match Report by Charlie Semple
Two Records Broken
Olivier Giroud scored the opener today against Poland in a 3-1 victory to overtake Thierry Henry in most goals for France.
Kylian Mbappe scored the other two goals for Les Bleus against Poland and overtakes Pele for most World Cup goals scored before the age of 24. He picked up the man of the match award and received lots of praise from pundits after the game as Rio Ferdinand said: “He is something different. He is so good that he toys with opponents.”
Robert Lewandowski scored his second ever World Cup goal in potentially his last World Cup and his first in the knockout rounds with a 99th minute penalty retake after the first one was saved by Lloris.
The first half included big chances for both teams – including a huge save made by Lloris from a powerful Zielinski strike with the follow-up being stopped on the line by Varane. But it was the experience and class of Giroud that separated the two sides going into the break after a well-timed run and a cool finish into the bottom corner.
Giroud was full of praise for “a big defensive spirit” from his team tonight.
France cruised through the second half with Mbappe showing his ability throughout, including a swift counter-attack goal in the 74th minute, and then a spectacular effort from a tough angle was fired into the top corner from the PSG forward.
French fans remain hopeful of winning the World Cup for the second time in a row and will face the winner of England vs Senegal on Saturday.
Poland exceeded expectations with their performance in the Qatar World Cup as this was the first time since 1986 that they have managed to reach the knockout stage of the tournament.