Qatar World Cup: Champions France beat Poland 3-1 and England triumph over Senegal 3-0

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By Euronews  with AP
Olivier Giroud, left, and Harry Kane, right, celebrate goals as France and England win through to the quarter-finals of the World Cup.
Olivier Giroud, left, and Harry Kane, right, celebrate goals as France and England win through to the quarter-finals of the World Cup.   -   Copyright  Credit: AP

France 3-1 Poland

  • In their most dominant display in Qatar, France beat Poland 3-1. 
  • Olivier Giroud opened the scoring thanks to an assist by Kylian Mbappe, who then scored a brace in the second half. 
  • Poland's Robert Lewandowski managed a consolation goal through a penalty in the 99th minute.
  • Lewandowski's last-minute strike means he scored a total of two goals at the World Cup, adding to his total of 77 goals for Poland. This is most likely his last World Cup final tournament appearance.
  • After missing France's 1-0 loss to Tunisia in the group stage, Mbappe, Giroud and Antoine Griezmann all came back to the team against Poland. All three played a key role in the match.
  • Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris matched France's record of 142 appearances held by Lilian Thuram, the right-back in the 1998 world champion team.
  • Giroud's goal means he has now scored an all-time high of 52 international goals for Les Bleus, one more than the previous record holder, Thierry Henry.

England 3-0 Senegal

  • England quickly established itself as the stronger team against Senegal, with first-half goals from Liverpool's Jordan Henderson and Tottenham's Harry Kane.
  • Bakayo Saka scored the third soon after the match was restarted (57'). 
  • Phil Foden notched two assists, while the in-demand Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham got one -- his first of the tournament.
  • The star-studded English team looking to bring the World Cup title home for the first time since 1966 has dominated Group B and are the leading scorers in the tournament with 12 goals after Sunday's match. 
  • No other team picked up more than the seven points England recorded on its way to the knockout round, and it is only one of three still undefeated.