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Mbappe sends France forward, Peru's hopes ended

World Cup 2018
Mbappe sends France forward, Peru's hopes ended

France needed a lone first-half strike from teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe to edge past Peru and end the South Americans hopes of reaching Russia 2018's Round of 16. Frances all-star side were made to work overtime before subduing a brave Peru in front of a buoyant South American-flavoured crowd.

La Blanquirroja enjoyed good periods throughout the match and were outplayed only in the final quarter-hour of the first half. It was at that point that Mbappe broke the deadlock with a close-range tap-in. It proved enough for France to maintain their lead at the top of Group C and shore up a ticket to the last-16.

Peru can consider themselves unlucky with Polo Guerrero denied and Pedro Aquino hitting the post. Perus campaign is now over after successive 1-0 defeats.

Team reporter analysis
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France did the job that was required to qualify for the second round. Two matches, two victories and an ultimately satisfying performance, as well as an overall improvement on their first match. Didier Deschamps's pre-match tactical switches paid dividends.

Gallery: France 1-0 Peru
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1 / 38 Gallery: France 1-0 Peru
Gallery: France 1-0 Peru
1 / 38 Kylian Mbappe of France celebrates with teammate Antoine Griezmann after scoring

21 Jun 2018

YEKATERINBURG, RUSSIA - JUNE 21: Kylian Mbappe of France celebrates with teammate Antoine Griezmann after scoring his team's first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group C match between France and Peru at Ekaterinburg Arena on June 21, 2018 in Yekaterinburg, Russia. Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

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Kylian Mbappe of France celebrates with teammate Antoine Griezmann after scoring

21 Jun 2018

YEKATERINBURG, RUSSIA - JUNE 21: Kylian Mbappe of France celebrates with teammate Antoine Griezmann after scoring his team's first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group C match between France and Peru at Ekaterinburg Arena on June 21, 2018 in Yekaterinburg, Russia. Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

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Kylian Mbappe of France celebrates with teammate Antoine Griezmann after scoring Kylian Mbappe of France celebrates with teammate Antoine Griezmann after scoring

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