France v Peru 21 June 2018

France v Peru 21 June 2018

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After starting with Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele against the Socceroos, Deschamps simply had to hand the Chelsea striker a place in the team against Peru, so one of the most exciting strikers in world football would have to be dropped. He came out with energy, but he cooled down after receiving a yellow card in the 23rd minute.

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Mbappe was already his country's youngest-ever player at a major tournament and become its youngest World Cup scorer with his 34th-minute goal, which saw him tap in from close range after Peru goalkeeper Pedro Gallese had half-blocked Olivier Giroud's shot.

Griezmann had a pair of opportunities stopped within the first 15 minutes, with Mbappe and Dembele consistently getting past Peru's defence to set up scoring chances.

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Having picked up their pace in the latter part of the first half, the break seemed to have slowed the tempo for France once more in the opening stage of the second and it was Peru who saw the bulk of the action and had the lion's share of the chances.

Peru's defender Alberto Rodriguez (left) and France's forward Olivier Giroud vie for the ball during their Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group C match at the Ekaterinburg Arena in Ekaterinburg on June 21, 2018.

Mbappe's first-half strike helped France overcome - and eliminate - a resilient Peru to earn a spot in the knockout round of the World Cup.

'I think for a defender it's very hard to defend against a player who is always moving and it's easier for a midfield player to find a guy who is always in movement'. But that constant motion ate up a lot of energy and hurt their control as the match progressed. The South Americans' last appearance was in 1982 and they made this like a home game, ensuring their red and white dominated the Yekaterinburg Arena.

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