Mbappe gives France 1-0 halftime lead over Peru

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Kylian Mbappe's first World Cup goal was enough to send France into the last 16 with a 1-0 win against Peru in Group C on Thursday.

France's dominance paid off in the 34th minute as Giroud's shot deflected into the path of Mbappe, who made no mistake from point-blank range.

Peru coach Ricardo Gareca said his team will not be bullied by France in their World Cup clash on Thursday, but admitted: "We are not on their level anywhere".

The first World Cup finals in 36 years will end at the opening hurdle for Peru, who join Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Morocco in an early exit.

Andre Carrillo fired over soon after the hour, with Guerrero doing the same as France were forced deeper, and with a quarter of an hour to go a Carrillo cross was turned into the side-netting by the stretching Farfan.

Captain Guerrero, starting after seeing a 14-month drug ban frozen to allow him to play in Russian Federation, could have been Peru's hero but his 87th-minute free kick was easy pickings for Lloris as France settled for a one-goal victory.

With a little under five minutes remaining, Peru won a free kick around 25 yards out after Pogba fouled Farfan and was booked and central, but Guerrero's tame effort was straight at Lloris.

34' GOAL! Mbappe intercepts Olivier Giroud's shot into the box as the keeper chases it down. Midfielder Pedro Aquino went closest to levelling when his stunning strike cannoned off the bar.

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Peru were unlucky not to get a point against Denmark, losing 1-0.

Gallese prevented Lucas Hernandez from doubling the France lead as Peru ended the first half on the ropes. Or can Peru avoid another defeat and upset France?

Too often, Pogba tries to do too much, both for France and Manchester United.

With Peru's record scorer Guerrero wasting a late free-kick, Didier Deschamps' squad safely held on to secure their place in the knockout stages.

The strike, which followed a stunning hat-trick in Portugal's opener against Spain, sees Ronaldo top the scoring charts with four goals already to his name.

- 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.

It was a lone goal from Kylian Mbappe that was the difference.

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