France shooting for World Cup quarter finals on Sunday

Stevian Francis

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Reigning World Cup champion France will be looking to continue the defense of their title on Sunday when they tackle Poland in their round-of-16 game as they seek to join Argentina and Netherlands in the final eight of the tournament.

Didier Deschamps who rested several of France’s key players for their final group game against Tunisia on Thursday is expected to start a full-strength team ahead of their Poland fixture.

Descamps has had to pay as much attention to player management and recovery, equally as much as a strategy with France being forced to contend with several injuries ahead of the Cup.

 France has done well in that area thus far and with players having a slight reprieve in their last game they will not only start fresher but also as favorites to grab a positive result from the encounter.

Poland who crashed out of the group stages at the 2018 World Cup in Russia will be keen to carry on that momentum with another win. They will be heavily reliant on the influence of captain Robert Lewandowski scored his first Cup goal in the group stage as they look to create a major feat.

A large responsibility will also land at the feet of France strikers Kylian Mbappe and Oliver Giroud.

Both strikers have been tackling the bulk of the load in bagging the goals for France, with Giroud equaling Thierry Henry’s all-time scoring record for France with 51 goals and Mbappe also creating records of his own.

The 23-year-old’s seven world cup goals also pass Henry’s and fellow French great Zinedine Zidane’s record of six.

Records France will be hoping to extend as continue their march toward the back-to-back titles.

The winner of this game will face the winner of the England and Senegal encounter which will also be played on Sunday.

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