Kylian Mbappe became France's youngest scorer at a World Cup when he put Les Bleus 1-0 ahead at halftime against Peru in their second Group C game on Thursday. Russian Federation and Uruguay have already qualified from Group A in an order yet to be determined.
Feeding off scraps as Peru twice failed to properly clear, he firstly flicked a deft pass through to Mbappe that was squandered as the Paris Saint-Germain forward attempted an ill-advised flick.
This is an elimination game for Peru as they will not advance without grabbing at least one point.
An Aussie own goal off a Paul Pogba redirected shot saved the French side from an embarrassing start to the World Cup, but the team will need to refocus against Peru. The South Americans' last appearance was in 1982 and they made this like a home game, ensuring their red and white dominated the Yekaterinburg Arena.
Both used their speed and passing to expose gaps in Peru's backline. We know that we will have to defend with more intensity, but mostly defend together.
With 15 minutes gone, Pogba and France began to impose themselves.
The pair will replace Ousmane Dembele and Corentin Tolisso, who started against the Aussies but were poor and have now been dropped to the bench.
Spotting goalkeeper Hugo Lloris off his line, Yoshimar Yotun tried an audacious shot from just inside the French half that went just over the bar as Peru unsettled its opponents in the early stages.
Peru started at a fierce pace and nearly made a spectacular breakthrough after six minutes when Yoshimar Yotun saw France keeper Hugo Lloris off his line and his lob from around 50 yards dropped onto the top of the net.
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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 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.