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World Cup | Mbappe bags brace as France overcome Poland

Olivier Giroud has scored in France's 3-1 win over Poland in the last 16 of the 2022 FIFA World Cup to become Les Bleus' leading goalscorer of all time.

Giroud gave Didier Deschamps' side the lead in the 44th minute with a clinical finish after being picked out in the box by Kylian Mbappe's perfectly timed through ball. The goal was the 36-year-old's 52nd for France, taking him one clear of Thierry Henry's record.

Mbappe also scored a brilliant brace for the reigning world champions before Robert Lewandowski's stoppage-time penalty pulled one back for Poland at Al Thumama Stadium in Qatar.

Mbappe doubled France's lead in the 74th minute, collecting Ousmane Dembele's pass across the box before smashing a powerful finish high into the net from 18 yards.

The PSG attacker scored his fifth goal of the 2022 tournament in stoppage time, curling a sumptuous strike into the far top corner from the edge of the box to make it 3-0.

Poland were awarded a penalty for a handball by Dayot Upamecano deep into stoppage time. Lewandowski converted (after a retake due to Hugo Lloris being off his line) with virtually the last kick of the game.

The comfortable victory takes Les Bleus into the quarter-finals, where they will face the winners of England v Senegal.


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