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Qatar 2022: France-Poland 3-1 round of 16

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France-Poland round of 16-Preview of the match:

On the one hand we have World Champion France, which in the elimination phase showed great strength and quality and was able to retrace the winning path of Russia 2018. The team was not affected by the absence of important players such as Pogba and Benzema, once again highlighting a once again the qualities of Mbappe flanked by a Giroud in great shape. Furthermore, in the elimination phase in the group stage, the growth of Rabiot is evident, who looks like a different player compared to the one seen in recent times with the Juventus shirt.

On the other hand, Poland which has several important players, starting from Lewandowski and Zienliski who could put the transalpines in difficulty and Szczesny in goal, the great protagonist with saved penalties, one of which against Messi in the match against Argentina.

In the prediction of this race, France is the big favorite, but beware of the talent of the Poles, who could create problems for the team coached by Deschamps at any moment.

Commentary on the France-Poland match

France starts immediately forward and tries to impose its game. In the 3rd minute there is an opportunity for Varane who jumps with a header following a corner kick but the ball goes wide. On 13′ and Tchouameni tries with a shot from distance, Szczesny blocks. In the 17th minute there was an opportunity for Dembele, his shot was central, to save Szczesny. On 21 first chance for Lewandowski, he kicks a ball that goes wide.

On the 29th, Giroud had an opportunity who hit the ball badly in the slide and the ball went just wide. In the 32nd minute Tchouamneni was booked for an imprudent foul. In the 35th minute Mbappe tries but his shot is deflected by Szczesny. In the 38th minute important opportunity for Poland with Zelinski, who kicks hard in front of Lloris who blocks with his legs. In the 44th minute Goal from France with Giroud, who takes advantage of a great assist from Mbappe and scores. In the 47th minute the referee blows his whistle which marks the end of the first half.

Game balanced at times with Poland playing openly in front of the most titled French opponents. Game unlocked thanks to an invention by Mbappe. which puts Giroud in front of the game to finish on goal.

Second half France-Poland

It starts again with France in attack, in the 47th minute Bereszynski is booked, because he interrupts a promising attacking action by Dembele. On the 55th occasion for Mbappe who kicks hard, his shot is deflected by a Polish defender over the crossbar. Between the 55th and 71st minute, a swirl of substitutions by both teams. In the 74th minute, a great goal by Mbappe, who receives a ball on the left, enters the area and kicks Polish goalkeeper Szczesny hard to the right and scores. Still several substitutions for the two teams. In the 88th minute booked for Cash, who interrupts a promising attack by Thuram.

In the 91st minute, another great goal from Mbappe, who as soon as he entered the penalty area, kicked a strong shot into the top corner that went into the left of Szczesny. Fifth goal of the French phenomenon, who commands the ranking of the scorers of the world. In the 95th minute, penalty kick for Poland, hand ball by Upamecano, following intervention by the Var. Lewandowski beats who has Lioris’s shot saved, but the referee repeats because the French goalkeeper had moved earlier. Again from the penalty spot the Barcelona striker who this time scores behind Lloris. The goal is scored and the final whistle comes from the Venezuela referee.

Final comment from France-Poland

With this victory, France flies to the quarterfinals, where they will meet the winner between England and Senegal. Poland played a good match especially in the first half where they put the French in difficulty. In the second half, Mbappe took the lead and with two top-class goals allowed Deschamps’ team to close the match.

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