► France wins against Poland (3-1) and goes to the quarter-finals
The holder is tenacious! France will challenge England in the quarter-finals of the 2022 World Cup, after a controlled match against Poland (3-1) thanks to Olivier Giroud and a sumptuous double from Kylian Mbappé, Sunday December 4 in Doha.
This victory allowed Olivier Giroud to become the top scorer in French history with 52 goals, while Hugo Lloris equaled Lilian Thuram’s selection record (142).
“This World Cup is an obsession, it’s the competition of my dreams! »declared Mbappé, in form, after his two goals versus Polish.
France will therefore find the Three Lions in the quarter-finals. Accustomed to these meetings at high altitude, the two European leaders now have six days to prepare for their confrontation which will take place next Saturday at the Al-Bayt stadium (8:00 p.m.).
There is now only one step left to take, on December 10, for the Blues to reach the goal of “last square” fixed by the boss of French football, Noël Le Graët, to his coach Didier Deschamps, whose contract runs until the end of the tournament.
► Senegal beaten, England already turned to France, “its biggest challenge”
England for its part curtly dismissed Senegal (3-0) with a first goal from Harry Kane on Sunday in the round of 16 of the World Cup, a success which opened the doors to the quarter-finals.
Deprived of Raheem Sterling, forfeited due to family problems and uncertain for the quarter-final, the English came out of their torpor and, on a smoothly led counter, Jude Bellingham, ideally launched by Kane, found Jordan Henderson in withdrawal who deceived Édouard Mendy (1-0, 38th).
Without relaxing their grip, the English drove home the point with a second achievement from their captain Harry Kane in added time in the first act, at the conclusion of a counter-attack initiated by Bellingham and relayed by Foden (2-0, 45th +3).
English domination then turned to demonstration in the 57th minute: a center from Foden on the left side found Saka who scored with a sharp left-footed recovery. What put a damper on the songs and percussion of the many Senegalese in the stands. But from the final whistle, the vice-champions of Europe in 2021 and semi-finalists of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, looked ahead and the “real test” who awaits them against France