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Mbappé wreaks havoc when France beats Poland: – What a player

For the first time since the 1986 World Cup, Poland managed to progress past the group stage at a World Cup, but were knocked out in the last 16 on Sunday by defending champions France.

Olivier Giroud scored the first goal of the game before the break. The striker was free in the box, and followed up with a quick finish that rolled into the corner.

The score was his 52nd goal for the French national team, meaning Giroud now sits alone at the top as the player with the most goals for the French men’s national team – one goal ahead of Thierry Henry. Sunday’s match was Giroud’s 117th appearance.

He is still far from Eugénie Le Sommer, who is the player with the most national team goals at senior level in France. He has 86 scores.

In the 74th minute, France added to the lead after a fine counter-attack. Finished by Kylian Mbappé, who from a distance of 14 meters immediately struck the ball into the goal.

– What a feat. What a player, NRK expert commentator Nils Johan Semb said of the score.

In extra time, Mbappé made it 3-0 after another fine shot.

– The world does not have a football player’s wife, said Semb.

Mbappé now has 33 national team goals in 62 games, and the full nine of them have come at the World Cup. In doing so, the 23-year-old is more than halfway to Miroslav Klose’s World Cup record tally of 16 goals.

Mbappé is also the top scorer in WC this year with five goals.

Robert Lewandowski pulled one back for Poland from the penalty spot eight minutes into extra time to ensure France won 3-1.

France will play in the quarter-finals on Saturday. There they met the winner of the match between England and Senegal.

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