France v Peru 21 June 2018

Dean Simpson
June 21, 2018

Despite some early pressure from Peru, France soon settled into the game and in the 13th minute Raphael Varane's header off Antoine Griezmann's corner narrowly missed the far post.

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.

Peru made two changes at the break, bringing on Anderson Santamaria and Jefferson Farfan for Yotun and Rodriguez, and they were nearly level within five minutes as Pedro Aquino's shot from 25 yards beat Lloris but hit the outside of the post.

Peru: Gallese 7, Rodriguez 7, Trauco 6, Cueva 7, Guerrero 7, Ramos 6, Advincula 7, Carrillo 7, Yotun 6, Flores 7, Aquino 7.

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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This combination photo created on June 19, 2018 shows France's forward Antoine Griezmann in Nice on June 1, 2018 (L) and Peru's forward Paolo Guerrero in Saransk on June 16, 2018.

Didier Deschamps' side finished the first half strongly and could have extended their lead, but a clear chance fell to the wrong man as Gallese saved from left-back Theo Hernandez after a fluid France move from right to left.

Ronaldo will need to continue his fine form when his side take on Iran in their final group game on Monday, Fernando Santos' men needing at least a draw to progress.

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.

The teenage forward tapped in a ball headed toward goal in the 34th minute to give France a 1-0 victory over Peru on Thursday (Friday NZ Time).

It was a lone goal from Kylian Mbappe that was the difference.

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

Still, France appeared to be the more unsafe team.

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