FIFA World Cup 2018, France vs Peru: France will be keen to book an early place in the pre-quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup when they meet Peru, who are staring down the barrel of an early exit, in a Group C clash.
FIFA World Cup 2018, France vs Peru: France will be keen to book an early place in the pre-quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup when they meet Peru, who are staring down the barrel of an early exit, in a Group C clash. France beat Australia 2-1 in their opening match last week, while Peru had suffered a 0-1 defeat to Denmark in their campaign opener. Although the French won their opening game 2-1 against Australia, it was a far from convincing display as their attacking trio of Ousmane Dembele, Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe too often looked isolated from their midfield. France scored from a penalty conversion from Antoine Griezmann and an own goal late in the game.
Considering the abundance of talents available, France are expected to play fantastic and flamboyant football. But their forward passing was not good against Australia. Head coach Didier Deschamps has to resolve this issue against a Peru side that was unlucky to lose against Denmark and who could go into the game knowing they need a win to keep their World Cup hopes alive.
One solution would be for Griezmann to drop deeper to link with the midfield, while the introduction of Olivier Giroud for Dembele would provide a focal point for the attack and allow Griezmann and Mbappe to use the full width of the pitch to allow France more fluidity.
France vs Peru, FIFA World Cup 2018 Live Score:
Half-time: France 1-0 Peru
That was an rollicking half! Peru set the tempo but France responded in kind, and then some. Playing with skill and elegant simplicity, Les Bleus took the lead and continue to look dangerous. Peru, who missed a great chance to take the lead earlier, have a big problem: they need to find a goal to avoid elimination: and that could entail leaving themselves even more exposed to French counter-attacks.
GOAL! France 1-0 Peru (Mbappé 34)
Peru lose the ball in midfield. Giroud makes a canny run and Pogba finds him with a quick and clever pass Giroud nips it on towards Mbappé, who slides in and shoots first time from nine yards. It’s takes a nick off a defender and loops over the keeper and into the net!