eigning champions, France resisted pressure from England on Saturday night to qualify for the semi-finals of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, after a 2-1 victory.
The holders broke the deadlock in the 17th minute through Aurelien Tchouameni’s long-range strike into the bottom corner.
England made a bright start to the second half, though, and were awarded a penalty after Bukayo Saka was tripped, and Harry Kane fired it into the back of the net.
Olivier Giroud restored France’s lead in the 78th minute with a header from close range and the Three Lions had another chance to equalise from the spot, but Kane blazed that one high over the bar.
With the win, France will face Morocco in the semi-final on Wednesday as they edge closer to completing a successful title defence.