The defending world champions, France did very well to see off their European counterpart, Poland courtesy of the brilliance of their 23-year-old forward, Kylian Mbappe.
Mbappe‘s double and assist for Olivier Giroud in the 44th minute made sure the French side will be setting up a date against either England or Senegal in the next round.
Olivier Giroud scored his 52nd goal for France to become his country’s all-time top scorer and Kylian Mbappe added two more as they beat Poland 3-1 in the World Cup round of 16 on Sunday.
Giroud‘s 44th-minute strike at Al Thumama Stadium put him ahead of fellow former Arsenal and Les Bleus forward Thierry Henry for France.
Mbappe doubled the advantage for Didier Deschamps’ men and added another before full-time to move two goals clear as the tournament’s top scorer in Qatar.
Poland had earlier put up a fight against the reigning world champions and scored a last-kick consolation after Robert Lewandowski converted a retaken penalty.
France have only lost one of their seven games in the World Cup knockout stages under Didier Deschamps (including finals), with that defeat coming in 2014 to eventual winners Germany (1-0 in the quarter-final).
They have won each of their past five games in the World Cup knockout stage since that defeat.
Kylian Mbappe passes Pele for most World Cup goals scored by a men’s player before turning 24 years old (8).