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17:00
21 Jun 2018
Ekateringburg Arena

Kylian Mbappé (34')
 

france edge peru to claim last 16 berth

19:04    21 Jun 2018

 
epa06827868 Kylian Mbappe (C) of France and Miguel Trauco (R) of Peru in action during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group C preliminary round soccer match between France and Peru in Ekaterinburg, Russia, 21 June 2018.
France edged Peru 1-0 in their Group C clash in Yekaterinburg on Thursday evening to book a place in the last 16 of the 2018 World Cup.

‘Les Bleus’ put in an improved showing compared to their opening win over Australia, but still needed a fine defensive performance in the second half to hold off the spirited ‘Los Incas’, who have been mathematically eliminated after back-to-back losses.

France were the first to threaten a goal, with a 14th minute corner kick picking out defender Raphael Varane, but he sent his glancing header just wide of the far post. Goalkeepers Pedro Gallese and Hugo Lloris were then called up to make fine saves from snap shots by Antoine Griezmann and Paolo Guerrero in the 16th and 31st minutes respectively.

Yet all the time ‘Les Bleus’ were building up a head of steam and they finally cracked open Peru’s defence: Olivier Giroud saw a shot from the left side of the penalty area heavily deflected, loop over the helpless Gallese and turned home on the line by Kylian Mbappe in the 34th minute.

The European side almost scored a fantastic second goal late in the first half, with a fine passing move ending with left-back Lucas Hernandez shooting powerfully on target, but he as denied by a sharp save at the near post from the Peru goalkeeper.

‘Los Incas’ made a double change at the start of the second half, which included the introduction of forward Jefferson Farfan, and they very nearly equalised in the 50th minute, with Pedro Aquino’s swerving long range effort clipping the outside of the post.

That moment signalled the start of a sustained spell of dominance for the South American team, though they struggled to create any clear chances with which to test Lloris, while France almost extended their lead against the run of play on 81 minutes when substitute Ousmane Dembele sent a shot from the edge of the box just wide.

France will next look to defend top spot in the group when they play Denmark on June 26 in Moscow, while Peru will face an Australian side which still has a chance of qualifying in a concurrent match in Sochi.

France (1) 1 (Mbappe 34’)

Peru 0

France: Lloris, Pavard, Umtiti, Varane, Hernandez, Kante, Pogba (Nzonzi 89’), Matuidi, Mbappe (Dembele 75’), Giroud, Griezmann (Fekir 80’)

Peru: Gallese, Avindcula, Ramos, Rodriguez (Santamaria 46’), Trauco, Aquino, Yotun (Farfan 46’), Carillo, Cueva (Ruidiaz 82’), Flores, Guerrero

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Welcome to the live play-by-play for the 2018 FIFA World Cup - Russia match between France and Peru at Ekateringburg Arena.

France :
Hugo Lloris, Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti, Lucas Hernández, N'Golo Kanté, Blaise Matuidi, Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud, Kylian Mbappé
Peru :
Pedro Gallese, Miguel Trauco, Luis Advíncula, Alberto Rodríguez, Christian Ramos, Yoshimar Yotún, Christian Cueva, Pedro Aquino, Edison Flores, Andre Carrillo, Paolo Guerrero

1'
The match is underway!
16'
Blaise Matuidi (France) is cautioned.
23'
Paolo Guerrero (Peru) is cautioned.
34'
Kylian Mbapp? (France) scores!
45 + 2'
The referee brings the first half to an end.
46'
Peru: Jefferson Farfan replaces Yoshimar Yot?n
46'
Peru: Anderson Santamar?a replaces Alberto Rodr?guez
46'
The second half is underway
75'
France: Ousmane Demb?l? replaces Kylian Mbapp?
80'
France: Nabil Fekir replaces Antoine Griezmann
81'
Pedro Aquino (Peru) is cautioned.
82'
Peru: Ra?l Ruid?az replaces Christian Cueva
86'
Paul Pogba (France) is cautioned.
89'
France: Steven Nzonzi replaces Paul Pogba
90 + 5'
The referee blows the whistle for Full Time.
 
Starting Lineup
Starting Lineup
Hugo Lloris

Goalkeeper

1
1
Pedro Gallese

Goalkeeper

2
4
17
5
6
16'
Blaise Matuidi

Midfielder

14
8
82'
Christian Cueva

Midfielder

N'Golo Kanté

Midfielder

13
20
Edison Flores

Midfielder

86'
89'
Paul Pogba

Midfielder

6
23
81'
Pedro Aquino

Midfielder

80'
Antoine Griezmann

Forward/Striker

7
19
46'
Yoshimar Yotún

Midfielder

34'
75'
Kylian Mbappé

Forward/Striker

10
18
Andre Carrillo

Forward/Striker

Olivier Giroud

Forward/Striker

9
9
23'
Paolo Guerrero

Forward/Striker

Substitutes
Substitutes
80'
Nabil Fekir

Midfielder

18
4
89'
Steven Nzonzi

Midfielder

15
10
46'
Jefferson Farfan

Midfielder

75'
Ousmane Dembélé

Forward/Striker

11
11
82'
Raúl Ruidíaz

Forward/Striker