MX23RW : Saturday, July 24 15:22:17| >> :600:360712:360712:
Jun 21, 2018 at 4pm UK at Stadion Central'nyj (Ekaterinburg)
Attendance: 32,789
Mbappe (34')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Result: Kylian Mbappe scorers winner as France knock out plucky Peru

France secure their passage to the last 16 of the World Cup with a 1-0 win over Peru, who are knocked out by Kylian Mbappe's first-half goal in Yekaterinburg.

Kylian Mbappe's first-half goal was enough for France to beat Peru 1-0 in Yekaterinburg this afternoon and consign their Group C opponents to World Cup elimination.

Yet again Les Bleus failed to live up to their status as one of the tournament favourites, but they are now two wins from two and guaranteed to go through to the last 16.

Kylian Mbappe scores the opener during the World Cup group game between France and Peru on June 21, 2018© Reuters

Denmark's 1-1 draw with Australia earlier on Thursday means that Peru cannot overhaul them in the Group C table, and sets up a showdown between France and the Scandanavians to see who tops the group.

France's three-man midfield, led by N'Golo Kante, took the sting out of a positive Peru start and Les Bleus soon began to create chances through the link-up of forwards Olivier Giroud and Antoine Griezmann.

The Chelsea striker was the supplier on 11 minutes when Griezmann dragged a left-footed shot wide, and then nodded down a long ball which the Atletico Madrid star volleyed straight at Peru goalkeeper Pedro Gallese.

Griezmann turned provider with an early corner which Raphael Varane sent wide with a glancing header, but the best chance to break the deadlock in the opening half an hour fell to Peru's all-time top goalscorer Paolo Guerrero, who shot straight at Hugo Lloris from 10 yards after getting away from Samuel Umtiti.

The South Americans were made to pay for their miss four minutes later when Mbappe became France's youngest ever World Cup scorer by converting a close-range rebound, after Gallese had partially blocked from Giroud.

Peru's Pedro Gallese looks dejected as France's Kylian Mbappe celebrates scoring their first goal on June 21, 2018© Reuters

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.

This momentum was not taken into the second period as Peru responded admirably, and although they did not cut open France again, they did unleash several decent efforts from long range in their search for an equaliser.

Pedro Aquino thumped a shot off the crossbar from 30 yards, with Lloris, making his 100th international appearance, beaten. The Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper was never severely tested though as Andre Carrillo and Luis Advincula struck over the top.

Peru coach Ricardo Gareca during the match against France on June 21, 2018© Reuters

France had been pushed back by their plucky opponents, who enjoyed more possession and made more successful passes than Les Bleus but could not end their 40-year wait for a goal on football's biggest international stage.

Captain Guerrero, starting after seeing a 14-month drug ban frozen to allow him to play in Russia, could have been Peru's hero but his 87th-minute free kick was easy pickings for Lloris as France settled for a one-goal victory.

Peru will be hoping to give their supporters, a reported 40,000 of whom have travelled to Russia, something to shout about in the final group match against Australia, who can still qualify ahead of Denmark with victory in Sochi.

FRANCE (4-3-3): Lloris; Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Hernandez; Pogba (N'Zonzi, 89'), Kante, Matuidi; Griezmann (Fekir, 80'), Giroud, Mbappe (Dembele, 85')

PERU (4-3-2-1): Gallese; Advincula, Ramos, Rodriguez (Santamara, 46'), Trauco; Aquino, Yotun (Farfan, 46'), Carrillo, Flores, Cueva (Ruidiaz, 82'); Guerrero

ID:328864: cacheID:328864:1false2false3false:QQ:: from db desktop :LenBod:restore:7419:
Restore Data
Share this article now:
Did you know...?
France manager Didier Deschamps on March 19, 2018
Read Next:
Deschamps: 'France can do better'

rhs 2.0
Olympic medal table header
CountryGold medalSilver MedalBronze MedalT
Republic of KoreaRepublic of Korea1023
Ecuador flagEcuador1001
29  Great BritainGreat Britain0000
Today's Olympic highlights header

Saturday's key events

· Two-time Olympic gold medallist and comeback queen Helen Glover teams up with Polly Swan in the heats of the women's pair (12.30am-4.30am)

· Two-time Rio gold medallist Max Whitlock leads Team GB's charge in the men's qualification, while Rhys McClenaghan flies the flag for Ireland (2am-2pm)

· The first gold medal of the Games will be awarded in the Air Rifle women's final (from 2.45am)

· The men's road race should be a wide-open thriller, with Team GB among those going for gold (3am-10am)

· Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka are among the names in action on the opening day of tennis (from 3am)

· Adam Peaty and many others get their Olympics campaigns underway on the opening day of swimming (11am-12.50pm)

· Team GB's women try to make it two wins from two against hosts Japan (11.30am)
· Netherlands and Brazil, who scored 15 goals between them on matchday one, face off (12pm)
· World champions USA look to bounce back from a shock opening defeat against New Zealand (12.30pm)

> Today's schedule in full
Todays Game Header Right
Pre-Season Friendlies
Olympic Games Women's Football
Taca da Liga
Scottish League Cup
Belgian Pro League
Swiss Super League
Russian Premier League
Ukrainian Premier League
Swedish Allsvenskan
Danish Superliga
Finnish Veikkausliiga
Belarusian Premier League
Ligue 2
Major League Soccer
Copa Diego Maradona
Uruguayan Primera Division
Liga MX
Chinese Super League
J1 League

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!