France go through with history-making Mbappe too much for Peru

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France coach Didier Deschamps opted for two changes from the win over Australia as Olivier Giroud and Blaise Matuidi replaced Ousmane Dembele and Corentin Tolisso in the starting XI.

In contrast, Peru face Australia with their fate sealed and just pride to play for in front of their passionate and large following that has decamped to Russian Federation.

Peru needed to raise the tempo in the second half and Jefferson Farfan and Anderson Santamaria came on for Yotun and Alberto Rodriguez to add pace to their attack.

The 19-year-old Mbappe tapped in after Olivier Giroud's shot looped over goalkeeper Pedro Gallese when it took a deflection off a defender in the 34th minute of a high-intensity match.

With a little under five minutes remaining, Peru won a free kick around 25 yards out after Pogba fouled Farfan and was booked and central, but Guerrero's tame effort was straight at Lloris.

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Peru's coach Ricardo Gareca gives a press conference, on June 20, 2018 in Ekaterinburg, on the eve of the team's second match as part of Russian Federation 2018 World Cup football tournament.

'He's the best striker at the moment in the world, ' he told the BBC while working as a pundit during Wednesday's Group B game.

France was successful in securing three points in its opening round of group play, picking up a 2-1 victory over Australia.

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.

Gallese prevented Lucas Hernandez from doubling the France lead as Peru ended the first half on the ropes. But poor finishing kept Peru from taking any points, and La Blanquirroja will be forced to put up its best front against the French to attempt to fight back into contention for Group C.

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Peru's defender Luis Advincula (left) and France's midfielder Blaise Matuidi vie for the ball during their Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group C match at the Ekaterinburg Arena in Ekaterinburg on June 21, 2018.

- Les Bleus have qualified for the knockout stages of the World Cup for the sixth time in their last eight appearances - only failing to do so in 2002 and 2010.

But it was midfielder Paul Pogba who opened things up for Mbappe's goal.

- France captain Hugo Lloris is the seventh player to reach 100 caps with France.

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