France to include Olivier Giroud, Blaise Matuidi in starting XI vs Peru

France v Peru will kick off at 4pm

France v Peru will kick off at 4pm

Mbappe's first-half strike helped France overcome - and eliminate - a resilient Peru to earn a spot in the knockout round of the World Cup.

On 34 minutes France went in front. France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was one of three opposing captains, along with Australia's Mile Jedinak and Denmark's Simon Kjaer, who signed a letter to Federation Internationale de Football Association supporting the lifting of the ban.

Having picked up their pace in the latter part of the first half, the break seemed to have slowed the tempo for France once more in the opening stage of the second and it was Peru who saw the bulk of the action and had the lion's share of the chances. "He wasn't at this best during the match, he had heavy legs", said the coach.

From a sportsmanship perspective, at times his conduct left something to be desired, but with the only goal of the match, at 19 years of age, Mbappe becomes France's youngest goal scorer in World Cup finals.

Once again, France struggled to find their rhythm, with the trio of Giroud, Antoine Griezmann and Mbappe playing brilliantly together but too often in isolation of the rest of the side. Subs: Nzonzi 5, Dembele 6, Fekir 5. Subs: Santamaria 6, Farfan 6, Ruidiaz 6. Mbappe got his first chance when Paul Pogba sent in a delightful ball into the box but was was not able to connect.

The chatter following Peru's opening 1-0 loss to Denmark surrounded the new Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system and how it awarded Peru a penalty kick during the match.

- Peru are winless in their last eight World Cup matches (D2 L6), scoring just two goals in this run.

61' SHOT! An extended period of pressure by Peru, pressing forward.

But France's early intensity started to fade and Peru should have taken advantage, yet Guerrero shot straight at Lloris on the turn after Christian Cueva found him in the box.

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