France defeats Peru, qualifies for knockout World Cup stage

France v Peru will kick off at 4pm

France v Peru will kick off at 4pm

The 19-year-old became France's youngest ever scorer at a World Cup finals and head coach Deschamps was delighted by the Paris St-Germain forward's contribution at both ends of the pitch.

Of course, this is super depressing for fans of a certain advanced vintage, but Pies must nevertheless extend a begrudging "well done" to Mbappe. Peru will be looking for more offense against France, especially from Guerrero and Farfán who lead the team in global goals.

With 15 minutes gone, Pogba and France began to impose themselves.

France had far the better of the opening 45 minutes and seemed content with just a 1-0 lead, but they were fortunate one goal proved to be enough.

Team France has scored six points in two matches, which qualifies it for the knockout stage in advance.

The skipper and main man Paolo Guerrero started the opening game on the bench, but, after a return from a drug ban, the manager Ricardo Gareca is hopeful the striker will be ready to start.

Peru started at a fierce pace and nearly made a spectacular breakthrough after six minutes when Yoshimar Yotun saw France keeper Hugo Lloris off his line and his lob from around 50 yards dropped onto the top of the net.

France, one of the pre-tournament favourites, join Uruguay and hosts Russian Federation in the knockout rounds with one group game to go - and condemned tearful Peru to an early exit. We would never think of finishing second.

France brought on Ousmane Dembele for Mbappe as they tried to turn the tide after producing little in the way of threat since the break, and another switch soon followed with Nabil Fekir on for Griezmann. Two others were blocked.

In the next match, France will face Denmark in Moscow, at the Luzhniki stadium.

Deschamps got a boost from Giroud and Matuidi in the match against Australia and wisely made the move to start them against Peru.

Though their World Cup winless run extended to eight matches with defeat against 1998 world champions France, the Peruvians were the superior team in the second half especially and had opportunities to level.

A win by France in this game would go a long way to ensuring they progress to the knockout stage beginning June 30th. Les Bleus finished fourth and third at those tournaments, respectively.

His deflected victor against Australia helped Les Bleus to all three points in the opener and he played a key role in France's victor on Thursday night.

He also now has made 76 appearances wearing the captain's armband.

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