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Full time: France 1 Peru 0

Full time: France 1 Peru 0

Imagine waiting for nearly three decades to see your nation participate in the FIFA World Cup, and then watch them bow out of the event after just two games.

Neither Peru nor France played particularly well in their respective World Cup openers, so we're expecting better performances from the teams.

Kylian Mbappe fired unconvincing France into the World Cup knockout stages after a nervy 1-0 win over plucky Peru.

But when Peru were on a desperate attack, they all were ready to help at the back. We are obviously not going to be able to control France all the time but we want to develop our style of play. Combined with the fact the Socceroos have to win to have any chance of qualifying for the next round, and you have all the key ingredients for an upset.

Lloris, 31, was particularly pleased that France are now capable of playing with discipline, which has previously been their undoing.

However, France had the first real chances. We would never think of finishing second. "There was rhythm, but we found it hard getting out and when we were in possession, we did not keep hold of it for long".

Guerrero, 34, is Peru's all-time top goalscorer but was cleared to play in the tournament only two weeks before it started, when he won a reprieve from a doping ban over a cocaine byproduct contained in a tea he drank. But we will try to win.

Goalkeeper-captain Hugo Lloris said after winning his 100th cap: "It's very satisfying because we've reached our objective".

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.

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But with numerous other supposed big guns at the tournament toiling, the former global midfielder and World Cup victor as a player said two wins from two games should not be sniffed at.

Didier Deschamps, recognising that problem, is likely to bring Olivier Giroud, the former Arsenal and current Chelsea striker, back into the starting XI.

"Do not ask me to dribble like Kylian", Matuidi joked with BeIn Sports.

"It is satisfying. Two matches, two wins, we are really happy - even if we know that we can do better in games".

Hence, Peru seemed to have identified this minor glitch and were absolutely threatening in the first quarter of the hour. They made an effort for the team to be compact, to work together.

France had looked dominant in the build-up to the tournament with impressive victories against Holland, Italy and Russian Federation.

With 15 minutes gone, Pogba and France began to impose themselves.

MF Paul Pogba, 7 - Aside from a booking late on, it was an improvement on his display against the Aussies. That said, the Atletico Madrid man's struggles might have created an opening for the Lyon star against the Danes. "Suddenly, he rises from the pitch [laughing]". "It is a dream come true and I hope I will have more like this".


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