France strides into knockout stage, Mbappe makes history

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A draw against Denmark in their final match is enough for Les Bleus to finish as group winners but the former France global midfielder said his team had only one objective.

It proved enough for France to maintain their lead at the top of Group C and shore up a ticket to the last-16, Fifa.com reported.

Let's look at the France vs. Peru betting lines.

France's forward Kylian Mbappe heads the ball during their Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group C match against Peru at the Ekaterinburg Arena in Ekaterinburg on June 21, 2018. That will translate into France winning, probably in a less convincing manner than their fans want. Bet on the over.

Frank Lebouef feels France "played like a small team" in the second half against Peru, and doesn't hold back in his opinion of Paul Pogba as a leader.

Deschamps has an impressive selection of forwards to choose from and is expected to give Olivier Giroud a start at the expense of Ousmane Dembele as he switches from a 4-3-3 to a 4-4-2 formation.

This momentum was not taken into the second period as Peru responded admirably, and although they did not cut open France again, they did unleash several decent efforts from long range in their search for an equaliser.

Gareca said he was pleased that, after such a long World Cup absence, Peru had played on equal terms with two European teams.

It ended plucky Peru's chances of qualifying but they anxious France with Paolo Guerrero denied by Hugo Lloris and Pedro Aquino hitting the post.

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.

Guerrero saw a first-half shot saved, while Pedro Aquino struck the outside of the post early in the second.

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.

Kylian Mbappe is the one.

In the next match, France will face Denmark in Moscow, at the Luzhniki stadium.

Los Incas' best opening arrived seven minutes later when Paolo Guerrero collected Christian Cueva's square pass and went past Samuel Umtiti with a neat first touch inside the box before forcing Lloris into a sharp save from 10 yards out.

Deschamps, smiling broadly, admitted that his side were on the backfoot for the last 20 minutes and was unhappy at the way they easily surrendered possession.

Peru have not won a game at a World Cup since 1978, having failed to win any of their three outings in 1982, so perhaps their record of two defeats so far is no surprise.

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