Published: Thu, June 21, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Mbappe seals France progress as enthusiastic Peru show limitations

Mbappe seals France progress as enthusiastic Peru show limitations

France's forward Kylian Mbappe (right) celebrates scoring the opening goal with his teammate forward Antoine Griezmann (left) during their Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group C match against Peru at the Ekaterinburg Arena in Ekaterinburg on June 21, 2018.

Monaco's Mbappe was the player to punish the Peruvians when he tapped in Olivier Giroud's deflected shot, coming after a period of France dominance.

Later in the first half, striker Paolo Guerrero outsmarted Samuel Umtiti in the penalty area but fired his shot at Lloris's legs.

France were unconvincing in their 2-1 win over Australia on Saturday but can book their spot in the last 16 if they beat Peru.

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.

Will France put on a more convincing performance this time around?

Peru made two changes at the break, bringing on Anderson Santamaria and Jefferson Farfan for Yotun and Rodriguez, and they were nearly level within five minutes as Pedro Aquino's shot from 25 yards beat Lloris but hit the outside of the post. In truth, though, France rarely looked like they would surrender their lead, despite being short of ideas when it came to adding to the scoreline. Substitutes could play a major role in this game too, Olivier Giroud made an instant impact against Australia and most likely feature again.

Griezmann had a pair of opportunities stopped within the first 15 minutes, with Mbappe and Dembele consistently getting past Peru's defense to set up scoring chances.

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At 19 years and 183 days, Mbappe became the youngest scorer in France's World Cup history.

Mbappe makes things happen and is also prepared to try the spectacular.

As good as Dembele is, Mbappe just seems to have the edge in terms of maturity.

It was not the complete display that Deschamps might have wished for, but with two wins from two matches, France are safely into the knockout rounds.

France's forward Kylian Mbappe (second right) celebrates his goal with teammates during their Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group C match against Peru at the Ekaterinburg Arena in Ekaterinburg on June 21, 2018.

They now top Group C with six points with one round of fixtures remaining. Physically, France were stronger and fitter and it showed on countless occasions - especially 50-50 challenges and aerial battles.

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