France 1 Peru 0

Hope Soto
June 22, 2018

No real worries for France, which means Deschamps has to choose the formation and strategy he is going to go with for this Fifa World Cup 2018 Group C match.

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.

That included the two enormous temporary stands that stretch high above both ends, exposed to the elements, where Peru fans bobbed and bounced to keep warm.

The 34-year-old striker Paolo Guerrero, who won a late reprieve to play in Russian Federation after his drugs ban was overturned, came on for the last 30 minutes against Denmark and Peru's all-time leading goalscorer looks likely to start. He came out with energy, but he cooled down after receiving a yellow card in the 23rd minute.

Peru have not won a game at a World Cup since 1978, having failed to win any of their three outings in 1982, so perhaps their record of two defeats so far is no surprise.

Pogba was then booked for catching Farfan with a flailing arm and from the free-kick Peru had their last chance but Guerrero's set-piece was easily gathered by Lloris.

After getting very little out of the three-prong attack of Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele in their opening win, the French trio was active in Yekaterinburg.

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The Peruvian national team has lost their chances to make it to the knockout stage after suffering two losses in the first two matches.

Paul Pogba hailed N'Golo Kante as the man with "15 lungs" following the Chelsea midfielder's impressive display in France's victory over Peru on Thursday.

France's talented but young squad will be favourites against a Peru side beaten 1-0 by Denmark in their opener.

Deschamps did not rule out starting with Olivier Giroud, even if his comments on the striker were ambivalent.

With all their attacking talent, France proved they also has class in defense.

Deschamps, who acknowledged France can and must do better against a talented team in Peru, added: "I saw many teams who would've liked to have the same difficulties as us and the same result." . But that constant motion ate up a lot of energy and hurt their control as the match progressed.

- France captain Hugo Lloris is the seventh player to reach 100 caps with France. The 31-year-old keeper first played for France's national team in 2008 and has been a fixture ever since.

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