France knocks out Peru

Virginia Santiago
June 22, 2018

Kylian Mbappe became France's youngest goal-scorer in FIFA World Cup history as they beat Peru 1-0 in a Group C match here on Thursday to enter the pre-quarterfinals.

FW Olivier Giroud, 7 - He did not get a goal, but he was involved in the build-up to Mbappe's and was combative in attack all match long.

Les Bleus may have secured a win in their opener against Australia, but the message coming out the France camp since the 2-1 victory on Saturday have centred on lifting their game in order to go as far as possible in the competition - starting with Thursday's clash with Peru. Pogba beat his defender and found Giroud with a ideal pass. Giroud then chipped it for Mbappe to easily tap it past goalkeeper Pedro Gallese.

He told a press conference: "We are in the knockout stages so we are very satisfied". "We were solid and managed to stay calm and lucid in the key moments - we mastered those. It's something we have to improve".

Peru will be hoping to give their supporters, a reported 40,000 of whom have travelled to Russian Federation, something to shout about in the final group match against Australia, who can still qualify ahead of Denmark with victory in Sochi.

Gallese prevented Lucas Hernandez from doubling the France lead as Peru ended the first half on the ropes.

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Paris Saint-Germain forward Mbappe - aged 19 years and 183 days - underlined his rich talent and claimed his place in the French record books when he poked home in the first half.

"We took stock of what was done well or not so well and all agree that we will have to increase our physical intensity and improve our attitude in general", Real Madrid defender and France vice-captain Raphaël Varane said on Tuesday.

Antoine Griezmann scored a goal for France against Australia.

"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".

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

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"There was a mass of people, we are pained we are eliminated, we are sorry that we could not give them a better tournament", he said.

Paul Pogba, sitting in a midfield two, is not suited to that position and his marauding runs forward would ask too much of his partner, even if it is one as industrious as N'Golo Kante.

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.

Pedro Aquino thumped a shot off the crossbar from 30 yards, with Lloris, making his 100th worldwide appearance, beaten.

To this end, Lloris is looking to France's second match in the 2014 World Cup - a 5-2 hammering of Swizterland with Giroud and Griezmann combining to devastating effect - as a benchmark.

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But they were subdued in the second half, suffering frustration in the closing minutes when Blaise Matuidi shot just wide and Giroud had an effort blocked that ballooned over the top of the goal.

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