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Kylian Mbappe scored his first hat-trick for France as the reigning world champions secured their place at next year’s World Cup in Qatar in style by thrashing Kazakhstan 8-0.

Mbappe got four of the eight goals, with the striker’s first three coming in the opening 30 minutes.

He completed the rout with a late fourth.

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Karim Benzema got two after the break. Adrien Rabiot and Antoine Griezmann, with a penalty, were the other scorers.

Mbappe’s hat-trick was the first by a France player in a competitive international since Dominique Rocheteau in 1985.

His first came in the sixth minute when he turned in an early cut-back before he finished a Kingsley Coman cross from close range and headed in a third.

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Victory guarantees France will top Group D as they have 15 points, four clear of second-place Finland with one game remaining.—BBC

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