Published: Fri, June 22, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

World Cup Group C

World Cup Group C

Peru's Argentine coach Ricardo Gareca said his men had given their all but apologised to the legions of Peruvian fans who had taken over the most eastern city at the World Cup.

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

Peru made a quick start, putting the 1998 champions under pressure, and Lloris - on his 100th appearance for France - was nearly embarrassed when Yoshimar Yotun's lob from the half-way line dropped over the crossbar.

Despite some early pressure from Peru, France soon settled into the game and in the 13th minute Raphael Varane's header off Antoine Griezmann's corner narrowly missed the far post.

Peru threatened the Danes throughout their first encounter but were unable to make some key chances count.

The World Cup Group C match between France and Peru will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 1.

Peru meanwhile, recall captain Paulo Guerrero in place of Jefferson Farfan.

Griezmann then tried to usher the ball through to Giroud but Gallese was there to claim, and the Atletico Madrid star then set up Lucas Hernandez for a shot that was beaten away.

Mbappe scored from Olivier Giroud's deflected shot, which came after Pogba had won the ball close to the Peru area.

Buoyed by their vociferous supporters in the Ekaternburg Arena, Peru went in search of an equalizer - Pedro Aquino struck the crossbar in the 50th minute with a thunderous 35-yard effort which would have been a contender for goal of the tournament had it gone in.

The Chelsea striker will be the focal point of Les Bleus attack in Ekateringburg, with Ousmane Dembélé dropping out.

France coach Didier Deschamps was happy with the result as well, even if the performance left a bit to be desired, and revealed that his team's goal now is to secure top spot in the group with a match against Denmark yet to play.

Fast, exciting and now the youngest scorer in France's World Cup history.

Just six shots on target from 17 attempts tell the story of a side who built well and quickly but couldn't produce in front of goal.

- 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.

FW Olivier Giroud, 7 - He did not get a goal, but he was involved in the build-up to Mbappe's and was combative in attack all match long.

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