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Unconvincing France beat Peru 1-0 to book last-16 place

France v Peru will kick off at 4pm France v Peru will kick off at 4pm
Melody Ballard | 22 June, 2018, 14:13

Griezmann then tried to usher the ball through to Giroud but Gallese was there to claim, and the Atletico Madrid star then set up Lucas Hernandez for a shot that was beaten away.

The game at Ekaterinburg Arena, Ekaterinburg starts at 8 p.m. local time, or 11 a.m. ET.

Kylian Mbappe became France's youngest scorer at a World Cup when he put Les Bleus 1-0 ahead at halftime against Peru in their second Group C game on Thursday.

France head coach Didier Deschamps should have his full strength squad to call on for this fixture. We are very satisfied with what the players did here. "We have to improve on this". Against France it will be hard to carve out as many chances as they did against the Danes, but Peru need to keep that positive mindset going once more and hope that this time it pays dividends.

An unbridled France produced some slick offensive football up until the break, with Pogba inevitably the starting point for their best moves. The 31-year-old keeper first played for France's national team in 2008 and has been a fixture ever since.

"These people are incredible".

"We thank our fans and people (from other countries) will have been surprised by the passion and love our fans have for us".

Peru coach Ricardo Gareca said: "We thank the Peruvian fans so much for the great support in Russian Federation".

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"People will be surprised by their passion for the game and their love for the team".

Against Peru, France did well not to leave their qualification to the game against Denmark, who were held 1-1 by Australia earlier in the day. Denmark, Australia Grind Out a 1-1 Draw in Group C of 2018 FIFA World Cup. Many thought that the inevitable were to happen, and a goal for Peru at that stage of the game would have been well deserved.

However their opponents today Peru went down to a narrow defeat at the hands of Denmark.

Later in the first half, striker Paolo Guerrero outsmarted Samuel Umtiti in the penalty area but fired his shot at Lloris's legs.

In an entertaining match full of chances, just 15 minutes had elapsed and Paul Pogba, Raphael Varane and Antoine Greizmann had all gone close for France and many would have predicted a convincing France win.

Peru only lost 1-0 to Denmark in their opening match last weekend and can count themselves unfortunate to lose against France.

The forward had already miscued a volley when Giroud's effort looped over Gallese and into Mbappe's path for an easy tap-in.

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