WORLD CUP holders France ran riot to qualify for the 2022 World Cup after FOUR goals from Kylian Mbappe helped them demolish Kazakhstan 8-0.
The Group D result left France top on 15 points, four ahead of second-placed Finland who they visit in their final match on Tuesday.
Mbappe was at his brilliant best in French colours at PSG’s home ground in Paris[/caption]
Mbappe secured the match ball with his hat-trick after 32 minutes, but added a fourth late on for good measure[/caption]
The floodgates opened early on as Mbappe fired France into an early sixth-minute lead with a superb first-time finish from a Theo Hernandez delivery.
Mbappe then added his and France’s second just six minutes later.
He helped himself to a tap-in after the ball was put on a plate for him by an inch-perfect Kingsley Coman pass.
And Coman was once again the provider just past half an hour as he crossed in for Mbappe to head home for his hat-trick.
The French didn’t take took their foot off the pedal after the break either and added to their tally with two quick-fire goals from Benzema.
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Hernandez set up his first before Mbappe turned from scorer to provider to assist Benzema’s second.
Rabiot was the next man on the scoresheet, netting his first international goal 15 minutes from time, heading in from Griezmann’s corner before the latter scored his 42nd goal for his country with a penalty.
In doing so he overtook Michel Platini as Les Bleus third-highest scorer of all time.
The irresistible Mbappe put the icing on the cake three minutes before the end with a sublime finish into the bottom corner.
That was his fourth and France’s EIGHTH of an incredible evening in front of a delighted Parc des Princes crowd.
And Real Madrid frontman Benzema was delighted after combining with Mbappe to devastating effect up front.
The pair gave Los Blancos fans a hint of what to expect next season, with Mbappe widely expected to move to Madrid when his PSG contract expires.
Benzema told French television after the game: “We’ve shown that we are compatible, that we can play together and have fun while scoring, creating goals and playing for the team.
“I am so happy to have played as I did and above all to have won.”
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