MATCH CENTRE

THU 21 JUNE 2018, 17:00, EKATERINGBURG ARENA

1
VS
0

France edge Peru to claim last 16 berth

by Graeme Jackson

Thu June 21, 19:04

France edged Peru 1-0 in their Group C clash in Yekaterinburg on Thursday evening to book a place in the last 16 of the 2018 World Cup.

‘Les Bleus’ put in an improved showing compared to their opening win over Australia, but still needed a fine defensive performance in the second half to hold off the spirited ‘Los Incas’, who have been mathematically eliminated after back-to-back losses.

France were the first to threaten a goal, with a 14th minute corner kick picking out defender Raphael Varane, but he sent his glancing header just wide of the far post. Goalkeepers Pedro Gallese and Hugo Lloris were then called up to make fine saves from snap shots by Antoine Griezmann and Paolo Guerrero in the 16th and 31st minutes respectively.

Yet all the time ‘Les Bleus’ were building up a head of steam and they finally cracked open Peru’s defence: Olivier Giroud saw a shot from the left side of the penalty area heavily deflected, loop over the helpless Gallese and turned home on the line by Kylian Mbappe in the 34th minute.

The European side almost scored a fantastic second goal late in the first half, with a fine passing move ending with left-back Lucas Hernandez shooting powerfully on target, but he as denied by a sharp save at the near post from the Peru goalkeeper.

‘Los Incas’ made a double change at the start of the second half, which included the introduction of forward Jefferson Farfan, and they very nearly equalised in the 50th minute, with Pedro Aquino’s swerving long range effort clipping the outside of the post.

That moment signalled the start of a sustained spell of dominance for the South American team, though they struggled to create any clear chances with which to test Lloris, while France almost extended their lead against the run of play on 81 minutes when substitute Ousmane Dembele sent a shot from the edge of the box just wide.

France will next look to defend top spot in the group when they play Denmark on June 26 in Moscow, while Peru will face an Australian side which still has a chance of qualifying in a concurrent match in Sochi.

France (1) 1 (Mbappe 34’)

Peru 0

France: Lloris, Pavard, Umtiti, Varane, Hernandez, Kante, Pogba (Nzonzi 89’), Matuidi, Mbappe (Dembele 75’), Giroud, Griezmann (Fekir 80’)

Peru: Gallese, Avindcula, Ramos, Rodriguez (Santamaria 46’), Trauco, Aquino, Yotun (Farfan 46’), Carillo, Cueva (Ruidiaz 82’), Flores, Guerrero

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
GROUP STAGE EKATERINGBURG ARENA
FRANCE GOALS PERU GOALS
10. Kylian Mbappé (34')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
2 2
FRANCE STARTING LINEUP PERU STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
2
Defender
46'
2
Defender
21
Defender
15
Defender
4
Defender
17
Defender
5
Defender
6
Midfielder
16'
14
Midfielder
82'
8
Midfielder
13
Midfielder
20
Midfielder
86'
89'
6
Midfielder
81'
23
Forward/Striker
80'
7
Midfielder
46'
19
Forward/Striker
34'
75'
10
Forward/Striker
18
Forward/Striker
9
Forward/Striker
23'
9
SUBSTITUTIONS
Ousmane Dembélé
Forward/Striker
75'
11
Jefferson Farfan
Midfielder
46'
10
Nabil Fekir
Midfielder
80'
18
Anderson Santamaría
Defender
46'
4
Steven Nzonzi
Midfielder
89'
15
Raúl Ruidíaz
Forward/Striker
82'
11
CARDS
Blaise Matuidi
Midfielder
16'
14
Paolo Guerrero
Forward/Striker
23'
9
Paul Pogba
Midfielder
86'
6
Pedro Aquino
Midfielder
81'
23
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
GALLERY
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