France defense excels in 1-0 victory over Peru in Group C

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France's forward Kylian Mbappe (C) celebrates with teammates during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group C football match between France and Peru at the Ekaterinburg Arena in Ekaterinburg on June 21, 2018.

The 19-year-old Mbappe tapped in after Olivier Giroud's shot looped over goalkeeper Pedro Gallese when it took a deflection off a defender in the 34th minute of a high-intensity match. "We came into this match with a completely different set of expectations, but I have nothing to hold against my players", Peru coach Ricardo Gareca said.

With two wins from two matches in Group C, France is through to the next round with a match to spare while Peru has been eliminated.

France were reluctant to attack with numbers going forward, which left Giroud and Griezmann isolated up front for most of the second stanza.

Once Guerrero came on and occupied the opposing centre-backs, Peru dominated.

Subs used: Farfan (7), Santamaria (5), Ruidiaz (5).

"I don't vote for the man of the match".

Raphael Varane missed France's chance from a header before Peru goalkeeper Gallese saved with his legs to deny Griezmann after Giroud found his strike partner with a headed pass.

It ended plucky Peru's chances of qualifying but they anxious France with Paolo Guerrero denied by Hugo Lloris and Pedro Aquino hitting the post. Firstly forcing Gallese into a save, before putting his rebounded effort over the bar.

"We matched them physcially and it's a good sign", said midfielder Blaise Matuidi, who started the game after being benched against Australia.

He also now has made 76 appearances wearing the captain's armband.

Kylian Mbappe's 34th-minute goal sealed a World Cup round-of-16 place for France.

Peru started the game with the intentions of a quick goal.

They made an effort for the team to be compact, to work together. Not long after, the impressive Andre Carrillo fired a cross into the area but it ran just too long for Farfan, who could only poke it into the side of the net.

This was insufficient in the end, and France's experience and class were clearly visible as they absorbed the numerous waves of pressure that Peru posed.

France are unbeaten in their last eight World Cup fixtures against CONMEBOL opposition (W4 D4).

France had far the better of the opening 45 minutes and seemed content with just a 1-0 lead, but they were fortunate one goal proved to be enough.

France, one of the pre-tournament favourites, join Uruguay and hosts Russian Federation in the knockout rounds with one group game to go - and condemned tearful Peru to an early exit.

Hugo Lloris who was making his 100th appearance for the Le Bleus remained nearly tested an ambitious strike from Yoshimar Yotun, but the shot from the halfway line drifted wide.

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