A France's supporters smiles ahead of the Qatar 2022 World Cup round of 16 football match between France and Poland at the Al Thumama Stadium in Doha on Sunday. AFP
Kylian Mbappé scored two goals and set up another for Olivier Giroud, giving France a 3-1 victory over Poland and a spot in the World Cup quarterfinals on Sunday.
The Paris Saint-German forward now has a tournament-leading five goals and the 2018 champions are within three wins of defending their title.
Robert Lewandowski scored from the penalty spot in second-half stoppage time for Poland.
No country has repeated as World Cup champions in six decades - since Brazil achieved the feat by claiming consecutive trophies in 1958 and 1962. Italy is the only other nation to have won two straight, in 1934 and 1938.
France’s quarterfinal opponent will be either England or Senegal.
Hugo Lloris (capt); Jules Kounde, Raphael Varane, Dayot Upamecano, Theo Hernandez; Aurelien Tchouameni, Adrien Rabiot; Ousmane Dembele, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe; Olivier Giroud
Coach: Didier Deschamps (FRA)
Wojciech Szczesny; Matty Cash, Kamil Glik, Jakub Kiwior, Bartosz Bereszynski; Grzegorz Krychowiak; Jakub Kaminski, Sebastian Szymanski, Piotr Zielinski, Przemyslaw Frankowski; Robert Lewandowski (capt)
Coach: Czeslaw Michniewicz (POL)
Referee: Jesus Valenzuela (VEN)
Barcelona forward Lewandowski was almost overcome with emotion after making sure Poland took a big step towards the last 16 in Qatar when he rolled home in the 82nd minute after being gifted the ball by Saudi midfielder Abdulelah Al Malki.
Sheikh Mansoor Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Sports Council (DSC), welcomed the world’s leading football personalities.
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