France vs. Poland score: Olivier Giroud and Kylian Mbappe fire Les Bleus into World Cup quarterfinals
France is into the FIFA 2022 World Cup quarterfinals after a 3-1 win over Poland at Al Thumama Stadium on Sunday. Olivier Giroud opened the scoring on the stroke of half time in Doha before Kylian Mbappe added a second half double to send Didier Deschamps’ men through.
Robert Lewandowski did ensure that the French have conceded in each game so far in Qatar with a late penalty at the second attempt. However, it was not enough to dampen the growing optimism surrounding this France side which is really starting to motor.
Giroud’s goal makes him Les Bleus’ all-time top scorer with 52 while Mbappe is now on the verge of double figured World Cup goals after his latest brace. The wait to discover their quarterfinal fate will not be long either with England vs. Senegal kicking off at 2 p.m. ET.
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“It was not easy as this Polish side was very well set up,” Deschamps said moments after the final whistle. “We always have this ability to find a way, though. With Kylian, he has the ability to solve many issues which is great for us. We have been united since the start and obviously reaching the quarterfinals is very good. Our joy is shared. We have a bit more time now so will spend some time with our loved ones and families — as was planned.”
The first half at Al Thumama Stadium was tight with a superb Hugo Lloris save needed to deny Piotr Zielinski and some last ditch defending to keep Poland at bay. Giroud then spurned a great chance to score his 52nd goal for his country before he actually did as Ousmane Dembele’s ball across the face of goal was just too fast for a sliding Giroud to turn in.
The AC Milan man did finally score when Mbappe assisted for him to clip home for the goal which moved him clear of Thierry Henry at the top of the charts. Lloris nearly undid that lead when he dropped the ball moments later, but smothered it before Jakub Kaminski could react.
The Poles’ first half showing was as good as it would get for them as France really seized control in the second 45. Wojciech Szczesny was lucky to have been adjudged the victim of a Raphael Varane foul when it perhaps should have been a French penalty or Giroud’s acrobatic disallowed effort allowed to stand.
Jakub Kiwior was then fortunate to not have a penalty blown against him when he fouled Mbappe in the area and no penalty was given. However, Poland’s luck was over minutes later as the Paris Saint-Germain man struck for the killer second goal.
Dembele teed up Mbappe to slam home high into the net past Szczesny and the Eagles’ resistance was done A dominant French side added a late flourish through the 23-year-old when he curled in a second in the first minute of added time to confirm their quarterfinal berth.
There was still time for the Polish to salvage a consolation goal through Lewandowski after Dayot Upamecano was adjudged to have handled the ball via VAR. Lloris initially saved from the Barcelona man, but the spot kick was ordered to be retaken and was converted at the second attempt.
France march on while Poland bow out after giving a good account of themselves after a rathe fortuitous qualification from Group C. Deschamps’ side are not yet perfect, but they are growing into this tournament as they did in 2018 which is an ominous sign for their competition.
France vs Poland score, result, highlights: Giroud and Mbappe put France through to World Cup quarterfinals
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Kylian Mbappe scored twice and Olivier Giroud became France’s all-time 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.
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 move on into the quarterfinals, where they will face the winners of England vs Senegal on Sunday.
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France vs Poland latest score 1H 2H Final France 1 3 3 Poland 0 1 1
FRA — Giroud (43 mins)
FRA — Mbappe (74 mins)
FRA — Mbappe (89 mins)
POL — Lewandowski (90 + 6 mins)
France lineup (4-3-3, right to left): 1. Lloris (GK) — 5. Kounde, 4. Varane, 18. Upamecano, 22. T. Hernandez — 7. Griezmann, 8. Tchouameni, 14. Rabiot — 11. Dembele, 9. Giroud, 10. Mbappe
Poland lineup (3-4-2-1, right to left): 1. Szczesny (GK) — 2. Cash, 15. Glik, 14. Kiwior, 18. Bereszynski — 20. Zielinski, 19. Szymanski, 10. Krychowiak, 24. Frankowski — 13. Kaminski, 9. Lewandowski
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France vs Poland as it happened, highlights from 2022 World Cup
FULLTIME: France are through, Poland bow out in muted style.
97 mins: GOAL! Robert Lewandowski stutters and rolls it past Hugo Lloris for a consolation penalty for Poland.
96 mins: Lewandowski’s effort is saved by Lloris! But the referee says take it again, as Lloris was off his line!
95 mins: There’s a VAR check for handball against Upamecano, and it’s given!
93 mins: Arkadiusz Milik tries an overhead kick in the six yard area — it’s blocked and would have been offside, but a nice effort anyway.
89 mins: GOOOAAAAALLLLLL!!! 3-0 ! Kylian Mbappe again!
This incredible player shifts the ball onto his right foot and shoots high across Wojciech Szczesny, who gets a fingertip onto the ball but not enough to stop a fantastic goal.
88 mins: Marcus Thuram is zooming past Matty Cash, who trips him up to earn a yellow card — his second of the tournament.
84 mins: Kylian Mbappe now has the same number of World Cup tournament goals as Diego Maradona and Rivaldo in their entire careers. And he’s aged just 23!
82 mins: Robert Lewandowski, who has been ultra-quiet, reminds Antoine Griezmann that he exists with a thudding challenge.
79 mins: That was Kylian Mbappe’s eighth goal at a World Cup finals, and his fourth of the 2022 edition. The wind is out of Poland’s sails now, and France are coasting.
GOAAAALLLLLLL! 2-0 France! Kylian Mbappe!!!
France race out of the back, Olivier Giroud finds Mbappe who then powers the ball past the goalkeeper’s right hand into the top of the net. Sublime stuff.
72 mins: France would appear to be much the better side today, but at 1-0 there is plenty of time for Poland, and there is bound to be a lot added on after 90 minutes.
67 mins: A rare attack from Poland sees Przemyslaw Frankowski cross towards Jakub Kaminski, but the Polish player is ushered away from it by Raphael Varane
65 mins: Jules Kounde sends in a low cross towards Olivier Giroud at the near post. The AC Milan man gets enough on it to send it into the side-netting, but he’s convinced he should have done better from a tight angle.
63 mins: Kylian Mbappe hits the deck in the area, there’s half a look to the referee but in fact Ousmane Dembele is called for offside.
59 mins: Both players were up and about after a stoppage, but Poland have yet to really threaten in this half.
55 mins: Kylian Mbappe fires in a shot after cutting ion from the left, but Kamil Glick gets enough of himself in the way to deflect the ball away for a corner. Wojciech Szczesny and Matty Cash are in a heap afterwards, and the game stops for treatment.
52 mins: Adrien Rabiot glides down the left before sending in a low cross that Bartosz Bereszynski does well to cut out and clear.
47 mins: Yellow card: Bartosz Bereszynski clips Ousmane Deembele, while seemingly getting the ball as well. Antoine Griezmann pumps it in from the free kick and Wojciech Szczesny punches it away with ease.
46 mins: We are back in action, no changes as yet.
France’s number #1
Giroud has gone past Thierry Henry with his 52nd goal for France.
Halftime: That was an absolute killer blow for Poland — they had done pretty well up until then, now they have it all to do.
GOAAAALLLLL! Olivier Giroud! France 1-0 Poland!
Kylian Mbappe threads the ball through the Polish defence, and Giroud makes a smart run with a lovely finish, twisting to stab the ball with his left beyond Wojciech Szczesny’s left hand. Superb finish!
41 mins: The referee stops the game to get Jules Kounde to retie his gold chain, which was flapping loose. He just takes it off and gives to one of the team on the bench.
38 mins: WHAT A SAVE! Piotr Zielinski hits a shot from near the penalty spot that Hugo Lloris just gets a leg to to deflect it away! France rattled.
34 mins: Kylian Mbappe twists and turns away from Matty Cash before slamming in a shot from an angle that Wojciech Szczesny has to push away for a corner.
33 mins: They come straight back and Bartosz Bereszynski sees a chipped cross blocked away. Then Matty Cash zooms in on the other flank and rifles a shot/cross across the box.
32 mins: Poland win a free kick 25m out, and after a lot of delay Robert Lewandowski finally takes it. Sadly, it is a truly dreadful effort, low and straight into the wall.
29 mins: WHAT A MISS! Ousmane Dembele slides the ball low across the face of goal from the right, but Olivier Giroud cannot guide it on target from inside the six yard box!
24 mins: Poland are getting into this game, with Przemyslaw Frankowski seeing a shot from an angle blocked. They have begun to come out of their shells a bit in the last few minutes.
21 mins: Wojciech Szczesny is called upon again when Jules Kounde slams a shot into the Polish keeper’s midriff.
20 mins: Robert Lewandowski gets a rare sight of goal, winning the ball 25m out and then letting fly with his left foot. The shot is always curling away wide, but that is promising from the prolific start striker.
15 mins: Wojciech Szczesny is a busy man — this time he has to drop to stop a shot from Ousmane Dembele that went straight at him.
14 mins: Olivier Giroud races through to try to get to a pass from Antoine Griezmann, but Wojciech Szczesny slides onto it on the edge of the box.
12 mins: Aurelien Tchouameni takes aim from 25m out, and Wojciech Szczesny copes well with a shot that bounces just in front of him. France’s fourth corner fails to worry the Polish keeper, but this is ominous for the Poles.
10 mins: Mbappe skins Cash again and this time Bartosz Bereszynski has to concede a corner.
9 mins: Kylian Mbappe glides past Matty Cash and crosses – Jakub Kiwior has to be certain with his diving header behind, and from the corner Poland clear up field.
5 mins: Matty Cash exchanges a nice one-two on the right and chips in a cross that Hugo Lloris has to deal with backpedalling along his six yard line.
3 mins: Ousmane Dembele wins France’s first corner, which Antoine Griezmann whips into the box. Raphael Varane leaps to it and powers his header high and wide. All France so far.
2 mins: Bartosz Bereszynski clatters Antoine Griezmann to give away an early free kick. Griezmann takes it, but his curling effort is overhit and goes out for a goal kick.
Kickoff: We are under way! France are in their natty deep blue shirts, Poland in the traditional white shirt/red shorts combo.
2 mins to kickoff: Handshakes exchanged, coin tossed, we are all set!
5 mins to kickoff: It’s the national anthems now with France going first.
10 mins to kickoff: The teams are inside having completed the warm-ups, the giant flags are out on the pitch so there’s not long to go now.
20 mins to kickoff: It’s a great day for Hugo Lloris as well.
25 mins to kickoff: Ominously for Poland, every time France have reached the last 16 since it was introduced in 1986, they have made the quarter-finals. Poland last got this far in 1986, when Brazil walloped them 4-0.
35 mins to kickoff: Which one of these two will come out on top today?
45 mins to kickoff: That’s France back to full strength, but that Poland lineup looks decent.
1 hr to kickoff: France make nine changes, with only Varane and Tchouameni surviving. Poland bring in Glik, Szymanski and Kaminski.
1 hr 25 from kickoff: Going above and beyond to see your team at the World Cup
2 hrs from kickoff: The stage is set at the Al Thumama Stadium
2 hrs 20 mins from kickoff: Wojciech Szczesny was HUGE for Poland in the group stages…..will he be the hero against France?
3 hrs from kickoff: Mbappe with the TOUCCCCCCCCCCHHHHHH in training ahead of Poland showdown
3 hrs 45 mins from kickoff: Raphael Varane wants France to be ruthless in front of goal against Poland and seal a quarter final spot
4 hrs 15 mins from kickoff: A first Round of 16 appearance in 36 years for Poland — but can they spring a surprise in Al Thumama?
4 hrs 45 mins from kickoff: Didier Deschamps has been here before, of course. A Word Cup winner as a player in 1998 and as a coach 20 years later, he knows better than most how to navigate the knockout rounds.
5 hrs from kickoff: Welcome to The Sporting News’ live coverage of this Round of 16 clash between France and Poland. There might have been a blip against Tunisia, but the French have looked good in Qatar. In fact, at times, they’ve looked very good. Can Poland summon an improved performance today and knock the champions out in the Round of 16? We’ll find out soon enough!
France vs Poland lineups, team news
France were ravaged by injuries in the build-up to the tournament, so it was no surprise to see head coach Didier Deschamps make nine changes to his starting lineup against Tunisia in a bid to avoid any further casualties.
Expect Deschamps to deploy a full-strength side again for the knockout campaign, with the likes of captain Hugo Lloris and strikers Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann restored.
Theo Hernandez is likely to play at left-back, as he did against Denmark after his brother, Lucas, ruptured the ACL in his right knee versus Australia.
France projected lineup (4-3-3, right to left): 1. Lloris (GK) — 2. Pavard, 4. Varane, 18. Upamecano, 22. T. Hernandez — 7. Griezmann, 8. Tchouameni, 14. Rabiot — 11. Dembele, 9. Giroud, 10. Mbappe
Poland head coach Czeslaw Michniewicz could field a more conservative lineup after seeing his counter-attacking side comfortably beaten by Argentina.
Feyenoord’s Sebastian Szymasnki and Wolfsburg’s Jakub Kaminski, who might have been reinforcement options at the back, both started that game on the bench.
Poland projected lineup (4-4-2, right to left): 1. Szczesny (GK) — 2. Cash, 15. Glik, 14. Kiwior, 18. Bereszynski — 20. Zielinski, 6. Bielik, 10. Krychowiak, 24. Frankowski — 16. Swiderski, 9. Lewandowski
France vs Poland live stream, TV channel
This Round of 16 match will be played at the Al Thumama Stadium, which has a capacity of 44,400. The referee is Jesus Valenzuela of Venezuela.
Here’s how you can watch all the action in some of the major global territories.
Date Time TV Channel Streaming USA Sun, Dec. 4 10:00 ET
Fox Sports site/app,
Telemundo Deportes site/app,
TSN site/app, CTV app,
UK Sun, Dec. 4 15:00 GMT ITV, STV ITVX, STV Player Australia Mon, Dec. 5 02:00 AEDT SBS SBS On Demand India Sun, Dec. 4 20:30 IST Sports18 Voot, JioTV Hong Kong Sun, Dec. 4 23:00 HKT Now TV (Ch. 616, 618) Now TV Malaysia Sun, Dec. 4 23:00 MYT Astro FIFA World Cup 1 Astro GO Singapore Sun, Dec. 4 23:00 SGT
StarHub FIFA World Cup, Singtel FIFA World Cup 141 Singtel TV GO, CAST,
StarHub TV+, MeWatch New Zealand Mon, Dec. 5 04:00 NZDT Sky Sport 7 beIN Sports Sky Go, Sky Sport NOW Watch the match on fuboTV in USA.
France beat Poland to reach World Cup quarter-finals
Reporting by Steve Keating in Doha. Editing by Clare Fallon