France 2-0 Poland LIVE! Mbappe goal – World Cup 2022 match stream, latest score and updates today
Les Bleus have avoided the reigning champions curse of a group-stage exit to set up an intriguing World Cup last-16 clash with Poland this afternoon. Both nations lost their final group games, with France rotating, but expect them to be at full strength today.
France captain Hugo Lloris will start and in doing so match France’s cap record of 142 appearances held by Lilian Thuram, but will have a tough task of marking the occasion with a clean sheet as he faces Poland talisman Robert Lewandowski. Up the other end, Kylian Mbappe with give Poland plenty of worry about.
France are looking to make it six last-16 wins in a row at World Cups, while Poland will be aiming to emulate their 1982 team which beat Les Bleus in their only other World Cup meeting. Follow the game LIVE below with our dedicated match blog, featuring expert insight and analysis from Simon Collings at Al Thumama Stadium.
77 mins: Marcus Thuram and Kingsley Coman are now on for Giroud and Dembele. You sense that France are now on easy street.
75 mins: You simply cannot give Mbappe that much time.
GOAL! France 2-0 Poland | Mbappe ‘74
That man Mbappe. It’s 2-0!
It really opened up for France there with Poland commiting bodies forward. The PSG man plunders his finish into the top corner.
72 mins: A double sub for Poland as Bielik and Zalewski enter the fray, with Kaminski and Krychowiak sacrificed.
Glik heads over from a set piece.
71 mins: It’s Poland’s turn to knock on the door.
Well, they’re not quite knocking. They’re standing on the front step waiting to see if the door will open by itself.
69 mins: Kaminski rises but cannot quite jump high enough to get his head on a good Polish cross from the left.
This has become a little attritional, in truth. But at 1-0, Poland will feel they still have a chance.
66 mins: Giroud nearly has a second. He tries to angle Kounde’s cross inside the near post, but it’s the side netting instead.
Tchouaméni is replaced by Fofana in midfield.
65 mins: Poland have thrown on a striker, in the shape of Juventus star Milki. It’s Szymanski who goes off.
63 mins: It really does seem like ‘when’ rather than ‘if’ France get a second, here. They’ve wrestled back control of this contest since the resumption.
61 mins: Dembele opts to pull it right back to Mbappe on the edge of the box. Surely a ball across the goal-face would have done the trick, there? Mbappe miscontrols. Yes, you read that right.
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