Defending champion prevails

    In the duel of the strikers, world champions France around Kylian Mbappé prevailed against Poland and Robert Lewandowski in the World Cup round of 16. Coach Didier Deschamps’ team won 3-1 (1-0) at Doha’s Al-Thumama Stadium on Sunday. On submission by Mbappé, Olivier Giroud (44th minute) put the French ahead just before the break. The superstar from Paris Saint-Germain then made the decision himself in front of 40,989 spectators with two brilliant goals (74th/90th + 1).

    With 4 Bayern pros: France’s 25-strong World Cup squad

    Hugo Lloris (Tottenham) – market value: €7m

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    Alphonse Areola (Fulham FC) – market value: €8m

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    Steve Mandanda (Stade Rennes) – Market value: €1.5M

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    Benjamin Pavard (FC Bayern) – market value: €35m

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    Jules Koundé (FC Barcelona) – market value: €60m

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    Raphaël Varane (Man United) – market value: €40m

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    Axel Disasi (AS Monaco) – market value: €25m

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    William Saliba (Arsenal) – market value: €50m

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    Lucas Hernández (FC Bayern) – market value: €50m

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    Théo Hernandez (AC Milan) – market value: €55m

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    Ibrahima Konate (Liverpool) – market value: €35m

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    Dayot Upamecano (FC Bayern) – market value: €50m

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    Adrien Rabiot (Juventus) – market value: €17m

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    Aurélien Tchouameni (Real Madrid) – market value: €80m

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    Youssouf Fofana (AS Monaco) – market value: €25m

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    Mattéo Guendouzi (Marseille) – market value: €25m

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    Jordan Veretout (Marseille) – market value: €14m

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    Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid) – market value: €50m

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    Ousmane Dembélé (FC Barcelona) – market value: €60m

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    Kylian Mbappé (PSG) – Market value: €160m

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    Kingsley Coman (FC Bayern) – market value: €60m

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    Olivier Giroud (AC Milan) – market value: €1.5m

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    Antoine Griezmann (Atlético) – market value: €25m

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    Marcus Thuram (Gladbach) – market value: €30m

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    Randal Kolo Muani (E. Frankfurt) – market value: €30m

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    The Poles, who were in the knockout stage of a World Cup for the first time since 1986, were able to make the unequal duel with the big favorites more open than many had assumed, but remained too harmless and left a huge multiple chance in the first half unused. In injury time, Lewandowski scored with a hand penalty (90 + 9) after video evidence.

    It was a record game for the French: Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris drew level with record national player Lilian Thuram with his 142nd appearance for the “Équipe Tricolore”. Giroud passed Thierry Henry with his 52nd international goal and is now the French’s sole record scorer.

    Barca & Man Utd. front: clubs with the most scorers in the World Cup preliminary round

    RB Leipzig – 4 scorer points in the preliminary round

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    1 goal, 3 assists
    Seconded players: 7

    Brighton – 4 points to score in the preliminary round

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    2 goals, 2 assists
    Disabled players: 8

    Fenerbahce – 4 points scorer in the preliminary round

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    4 goals
    Seconded players: 2

    Juventus Turin – 5 scorer points in the preliminary round

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    2 goals, 3 assists
    Seconded players: 11

    Man City – 5 points scorer in the preliminary round

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    4 goals, 1 assist
    Abandoned players: 16

    AC Milan – 6 points scorer in the preliminary round

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    3 goals, 3 assists
    Seconded players: 7

    FC Bayern – 6 scorer points in the preliminary round

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    3 goals, 3 assists
    Abandoned players: 16

    Ajax Amsterdam – 7 points scorer in the preliminary round

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    3 goals, 4 assists
    Seconded players: 11

    Atlético Madrid – 7 points in the preliminary round

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    4 goals, 3 assists
    Seconded players: 12

    Tottenham – 8 points scorer in the preliminary round

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    2 goals, 6 assists
    Seconded players: 11

    PSG – 9 scorer points in the preliminary round

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    6 goals, 3 assists
    Seconded players: 11

    Chelsea FC – 10 points scorer in the preliminary round

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    6 goals, 4 assists
    Seconded players: 12

    Man United – 11 points scorer in the preliminary round

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    6 goals, 5 assists
    Seconded players: 13

    FC Barcelona – 12 scorer points in the preliminary round

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    6 goals, 6 assists
    Abandoned players: 17

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