The Match Highlight: This will be the second meeting between France and Poland in the World Cup since their first one was for the third-place match in 1982. It was a 3-2 victory for Poland. France is unbeaten in their last seven games against Poland. Out of those seven games, France has won three and drawn four. The last defeat against them was a friendly match in August 1982 before winning the next three without conceding a goal. (Sun, Dec 4, 2022, 21:00) Al Thumama Stadium, Qatar. Ref: Jesús Valenzuela Sáez.

This will be Poland’s first knockout-stage World Cup match since 1986. They’ll be in Group H with Senegal and Colombia for the rest of the tournament. They last won a knockout match at a World Cup outside of group stages in 1982, when they beat France 3-2 after extra time in the third/fourth place playoff game. France became the first reigning champion in ten years to qualify for the knockout rounds. Italy was the last reigning champs to qualify for the Round of 16 back in 1986. They lost 2-0 to France.

FULL TIME: France 3-1 Poland

  France  Poland
Winner/Loser won lost
Goal 3 1
Assists    
Ball Possession 56% 44%
Big Chances 1 5
Passes 550 443
Accurate Passes 477(87%) 365(82%)
Total Shots (On Target) 7 2
Foul 9 8
Yellow Card 1 2
Red Card 0 0
Offside 3 0
Corner 7 1
Keeper Saves 1 4
Player Of The Match

Mbappe

 

Kylian Mbappé has had nine more shots, 16, and five more shots on target, 7, than any France player during the 2022 World Cup. Only Just Fontaine (13) has more World Cup goals for France than Mbappé (7), who scored two times in the Round of 16, 2018, against Argentina.

In fact, Antoine Griezmann is the only France player who has created 10+ chances in either of the last two World Cup tournaments. All that’s left for him to do is surpass his totals from 2018, when he won the cup with 10, and he’ll have a chance to set a new career-high for chances created. France held the 1-0 lead over Poland in the World Cup round-of-16 clash. Olivier Giraud scored a record-setting 52nd goal for Les Bleus, putting him ahead of Thierry Henry as their all-time leading goalscorer. He had missed an open goal earlier in the first half but scored on a neat finish on the turn in the second. Poland was looking good up until being denied by a brilliant save from Hugo Lloris and a block on the line from Raphael Varane when they could have taken the lead. France will have their hands full in the second half to book their spot in the quarterfinals. So the final score is France 3-1 Poland.

 

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