Kylian Mbappé watched Olivier Giroud break a 13-year record and then showed why he will steal it for himself in a fraction of the time. This turned into a fine night’s work for France, who finished in complete control and could feel that their attack is clicking at the perfect moment. After a slow start they overwhelmed Poland and a team blown off kilter by injuries have discovered a measure of swagger. Much of that came from Mbappé, whose second half performance was among the best individual displays of this tournament, but they reached the last eight by deploying a number of their most potent weapons.
It was Giroud who applied the first blow and, were it not for Mbappé, his feat would dominate every appraisal. In truth it deserves to. Thierry Henry had set a high water mark by scoring his 51st and final goal for France in October 2009 and perhaps few would have expected the 36-year-old Giroud, whose contributions have often been maligned, to be the player overtaking him. But the chopped, brutally clinical finish across Wojciech Szczesny that met Mbappé’s smart through pass was the type he has delivered frequently over an outstanding career and had added significance given his side were labouring at the time.
Written by Nick Ames at Al Thumama Stadium
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/football/2022/dec/04/france-poland-world-cup-last-16-match-report under the title “Mbappé’s stunning double sends France past Poland into World Cup last eight”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.