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France makes history in World Cup win against Poland, advances to quarterfinals


Sunday was a day of historic World Cup feats for Les Bleus.

France striker Olivier Giroud netted his 52nd goal to surpass soccer legend Thierry Henry and become the European nation’s all-time top scorer. The historic goal came at the 44th minute of the first half game against Poland at Al Thumama Stadium in Qatar.

Striker Kylian Mbappe, 23, scored twice in the second half, a feat that propelled him past Brazilian legend Pele for most goals at World Cup before turning 24. This is only his second World Cup appearance and he has already scored nine goals.

For context, Lionel Messi has scored nine goals in five World Cup appearances, while Christiano Ronaldo has eight.

“Yeah, Mbappé is 100% breaking every single World Cup record in existence. This guy is absolutely phenomenal,” one person tweeted.

The 3-1 win sent France through to this year’s quarterfinals, where they will face the winner of the England-Senegal game taking place later Sunday. The Didier Deschamps’ side have seemingly held their own despite being without some of their key players; such as striker and Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema, midfielders N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba.

The defending champion France broke a long-standing curse of World Cup winners repeatedly failing to make a strong push for a repeat. The cycle of disappointment for World Cup champion has especially plagued European teams over the years.

France won in 1998 and was eliminated in the group stage in 2002, Italy won in 2006 and lost at group stage in 2010 and Spain won in 2010 and crashed out in group stage in 2014, where Germany won but was beaten in group stage in 2018.

“We are watching something special and historic,” tweeted Maximiliano Bretos.

Since the inaugural World Cup in 1930, only Italy (1934-1938) and Brazil (1958-1962) have been able to repeat. France is on a quest to do something that hasn’t been done for the past 60 years, and Sunday’s performance has left its fans with high hopes.

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