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France 3-1 Poland: Match report, player ratings & fan reaction

France and Poland clashed in the last-16 of the World Cup on Sunday.


France and Poland faced off in the first last-16 game of the day on Sunday afternoon, with the winner set to meet England or Senegal in the quarter-finals next Saturday.

France headed into the game as the heavy favourites to advance. And when all was said and done, they came away with a fairly comfortable win.

France dominated from the get-go, as was to be expected. They tested Szczesny a few times in the first 15 minutes but never carved out a big chance.

Robert Lewandowski then had Poland’s first half-chance of the match, smashing an effort wide from outside the box after dispossessing Tchouameni.

Olivier Giroud then came close to opening the scoring after Dembele burst down the right and put the ball across the box, but it was too fast for Giroud to get across properly.

France eventually broke the deadlock after 43 minutes. Kylian Mbappe played a through ball to Giroud who finished well.

Poland had a good chance late in the first half but Raphael Varane cleared it off the line to ensure Les Bleus went in at the break 1-0 up.

Giroud then scored an overhead kick but the whistle had already gone after Varane fouled Matty Cash.

And after struggling to create very little in the second half, Poland opted to bring on another striker to support Lewandowski.

Yet again, though, it was France who struck the next blow, this time through Mbappe. Giroud brought down a clearance with a superb touch. He then played the ball off to Dembele, continued his run forward and dragged a defender inside, allowing Dembele to cross to Mbappe.

Mbappe then curled in his second of the day in the 90th minute to round out the win.

Poland were awarded a penalty late in injury time for a handball. Hugo Lloris saved but he was off his line so it had to be retaken, with Lewandowski scoring the second effort.


France player ratings

  • GK: Hugo Lloris (6)
  • RB: Jules Kounde (6)
  • CB: Raphael Varane (7)
  • CB: Dayot Upamecano (6.5)
  • LB: Theo Hernandez (6)
  • CDM: Aurelien Tchouameni (6)
  • CDM: Adrien Rabiot (6.5)
  • RM: Ousmane Dembele (7)
  • CAM: Antonie Griezmann (7)
  • LM: Kylian Mbappe (9)
  • ST: Oliver Giroud (8.5)

Substitutes

  • Youssouf Fofana (5)
  • Marcus Thuram (5)
  • Kingsley Koman (5)
  • Axel Disasi (N/A)

Poland player ratings

  • GK: Wojciech Szczesny (5)
  • RB: Matty Cash (6.5)
  • CB: Kamil Glik (5)
  • CB: Jakub Kiwior (5)
  • LB: Bartosz Bereszynski (5)
  • CDM: Grezgorz Krychowiak (5.5)
  • RM: Jakub Kaminski (5)
  • CM: Piot Zielinski (5)
  • CM: Karol Swiderski (5)
  • LM: Jakub Frankowski (5)
  • ST: Robert Lewandowski (6.5)

Substitutes

  • Arkadiusz Milik (4.5)
  • Krystian Bielik (4)
  • Nicola Zalewski (4)
  • Kamil Grosicki (N/A)
  • Jan Bednarek (N/A)

Match reaction


Josh Barker

Josh Barker

Middlesbrough fan from the North East of England. @JoshBarker979 on Twitter.



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