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Heather Diaz
June 21, 2018

France, among the tournament favourites, opened with a sluggish 2-1 win over Australia.

France will need a draw against Denmark in their last game to top the group after the Danes were held 1-1 by Australia earlier on Thursday.

But he stressed Peru, appearing at the World Cup for the first time in 36 years, would not be overawed.

Peru, meanwhile, have also made changes to the team that suffered defeat in their opening game against Denmark as they attempt to put points on the board and preserve their chances of remaining in the World Cup.

Peru's best chance came in the 29th minute when Paolo Guerrero showed great first touch to control Edison Flores's pass to shoot at goal, but Lloris was there to block the effort.

France: Lloris, Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Lucas, Pogba, Kante, Mbappe-Lottin, Griezmann, Matuidi, Giroud.

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You can get away with that against Peru or Australia, teams who lack the sheer quality to match up.

Pogba slid Giroud into the area and when the striker's shot looped over Gallese via a deflection off Christian Ramos, Mbappe could not miss from inside the six-yard box.

87' Guerrero takes the free kick from outside the 18 yard box, but it's nowhere near high enough - over the wall and straight into the arms of Lloris.

Peru's midfielder Pedro Aquino (left) and France's midfielder Paul Pogba compete for the ball during their Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group C match at the Ekaterinburg Arena in Ekaterinburg on June 21, 2018. "He wasn't at this best during the match, he had heavy legs", said the coach.

Andre Carrillo fired over the crossbar and Farfan finding the side-netting as Peru grew increasingly desperate to keep their World Cup hopes alive. France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was one of three opposing captains, along with Australia's Mile Jedinak and Denmark's Simon Kjaer, who signed a letter to Federation Internationale de Football Association supporting the lifting of the ban.

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