Defending champs France, England reach Qatar World Cup quarters


Defending champions France cruised to a 3-1 win over Poland to reach the quarterfinals of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Kylian Mbappe’s brace and a record-breaking goal from warhorse Olivier Giroud ensured Didier Deschamps qualification to the quarterfinals at the Al Thumama Stadium.

Robert Lewandowski managed to get a consolation goal for Poland in stoppage time from the penalty spot.

Giroud (44’) scored just before half-time to begin proceedings, before Mbappe (74’ & 90’+1) continued his excellent form with two scorchers. Lewandowski (90+9) scored in stoppage time as the Polish side bowed out with some pride.

Meanwhile, a goal each by Jordan Henderson, Harry Kane and Bukayo Saka guided England to a 3-0 win over African champions Senegal to also move into the quarterfinals of the Qatar World Cup.

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At the Al Bayt Stadium, Gareth Southgate’s side went into the break with 2-0 lead, opening the scoring in the 38th minute and then adding a second in injury time of the first half.

England scored a third 13 minutes into the second half to steal the game from Aliou Cisse’s side and set up a quarter-final clash with France.

England and France have played against each other twice before at the World Cup, although both were group games. England won 2-0 en route to the 1966 title and secured a 3-1 result in 1982. France will be looking to break their World Cup losing streak when the two sides meet on December 10 at the Al Bayt Stadium.

Also, Netherlands and Argentina have already qualified for the last-eight stage and will lock horns on December 9 at Lusail Stadium.