Mbappe seals France progress as enthusiastic Peru show limitations

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For Peru, Jefferson Farfan and Renato Tapia are pushed to the bench, with Pedro Aquino coming in.

Olivier Giroud and Blaise Matuidi are in France's starting lineup against Peru after serving as effective second-half substitutes in the opening 2-1 victory over Australia in which the three-pronged attack of Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele didn't impress.

The 49-year-old, a member of France's 1998 World Cup winning team, said Peru should not be underestimated.

You can get away with that against Peru or Australia, teams who lack the sheer quality to match up.

Peru manager Ricardo Gareca used this formation throughout qualifying, and reaped the rewards as Peru outscored Argentina and Colombia, with Guerrero scoring five goals.

But Guerrero's next contribution so almost put Peru ahead.

However, Peru were unable to find a way through and Ricardo Gareca's side - who have yet to find the net in Russian Federation - are certain to be knocked out. Midfielder Pedro Aquino went closest to levelling when his stunning strike cannoned off the bar.

It was the match in which the Manchester United star truly arrived at the World Cup.

The South Americans started well and Yoshimar Yotun tried to beat Hugo Lloris from the halfway line but the France goalkeeper, playing his 100th game for his country, watched the effort sail over his bar. Peru's best outlet in the first half was rampaging full-back Luis Advincula, who had the beating of defender Lucas Hernandez down France's left flank.

Ronaldo will need to continue his fine form when his side take on Iran in their final group game on Monday, Fernando Santos' men needing at least a draw to progress. Or can Peru avoid another defeat and upset France?

Blaise Matuidi went into the book for a trip as Peru tried to counter before France conceded a free kick in a unsafe position on the left, only for Alberto Rodriguez to be adjudged to have pushed Samuel Umtiti as the delivery came in.

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

- Les Bleus have qualified for the knockout stages of the World Cup for the sixth time in their last eight appearances - only failing to do so in 2002 and 2010.

Thursday marked the 100th global appearance for Lloris.

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