Kylian Mbappe‘s first-half goal helped France defeat and dispense Peru to acquire a spot in the knockout round of the World Cup.
France move on!
Kylian Mbappé scores to send France to the round of 16! Peru are eliminated. pic.twitter.com/1P4Nc79koo
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) June 21, 2018
Peru floated on by their energetic fan support inside the Ekaterinburg Arena, woke up in the second half in the wake of falling behind in the 34th minute but at the end of the day couldn’t find the equalizer that would have given them a chance to fight again.
PSG forward Mbappe was the player to punish the Peruvians when he tapped in Olivier Giroud‘s deflected shot, coming after a time of domating football by Les Blues. Be that as it may, it was Peru who had the upper hand in the 2nd half. Peru’s Pedro Aquino went nearest to leveling when his shocking strike cannoned off the bar.
Andre Carrillo, additionally tested Hugo Lloris‘ perseverance with a deadly strike while substitute Jefferson Farfan guided his shot into the side-netting.
France’s defence stayed unflinching to the final whistle. Even though they did not show their full attacking capability, their defensive talent was fully showcased.
With this victory, France is unbeaten in they’re past eight World Cup fixtures against South American countries (W4 D4). They have also kept a clean sheet in each of their past seven World Cup games against South American sides – last conceding in a World Cup quarter-final against Brazil in 1986.
Giroud proves to be the difference
After unremarkable 2-1 victory over Australia, Les Blues created an enhanced display of football, helped by the influence of striker Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud.
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Olivier Giroud seems destined to divide opinion but he showed his value to France against Peru. | @ghostgoal
— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) June 22, 2018
The 31-year old came on as a substitute in their last game and had a profound impact in the game. Giroud started this game and was the point of convergence of numerous French first-half attempts – satisfying his obligations of holding up the ball and permitting Antoine Griezmann and Mbappe to participate in the deadly French attack.
In the development to the match, Deschamps recommended that Giroud had not, on events, been on the same wavelength as his colleagues. In any case, on Thursday he seemed to be on the same level.
Peru’s backline was at long last penetrated when Giroud’s low deflected shot circled towards the goal and was given the completing touch by Mbappe.
Deschamps is spoilt with a wealth of world-class attackers, but since of his more wary impulses, it came as meager astonishment that France sat back after the interim and doused up the Peruvian pressure. The strategy paid off against the Peruvians, however, he may need to reconsider that tactic against a stronger.
Peru fight bravely but go home
The World Cup will be all the poorer after the elimination of Peru. Their fans, numbering around 43,000, have lifted the World Cup with their color, showiness, and noise. What’s more, Peru performed incredibly against two sides who are much stronger than them.
— RT Sport (@RTSportNews) June 21, 2018
As observed on numerous past occasions, Peru once in a while appear to get a rub of the green. Had Aquino’s blockbuster of a shot with the outside of his boot moved a bit to the right then they could have lived to fight another day. But that was not to be.