Mbappe goal puts France into second round

Antoine Griezmann scored a goal for France against Australia

Kylian Mbappe became France's youngest goal-scorer in FIFA World Cup history as they beat Peru 1-0 in a Group C match here on Thursday to enter the pre-quarterfinals.

Peru, in their first World Cup finals since 1982, played boldly and had their best chance five minutes into the second half when Pedro Aquinho's fierce shot hit the post. "It is a dream come true and I hope I will have more like this".

France increased their points total to 6 with the win and qualified for the second round, while Peru is eliminated after two defeats.

Mbappe has been named best player of the France-Peru match. Pogba cleverly played in Giroud, his shot took a deflection and looped over Gallese, allowing Mbappe to stab into an open net.

Following the win over Australia, France boss Didier Deschamps had no complaints about his backline - other than Samuel Umtiti's hand-ball brainfade that gifted the Socceroos their goal - with Benjamin Pavard and Lucas Hernandez acquitting themselves well on the flanks despite only recently breaking into the team.

Both used their speed and passing to expose gaps in Peru's backline. He came out with energy, but he cooled down after receiving a yellow card in the 23rd minute.

Guerrero almost missed the World Cup before having his doping ban lifted by a Swiss judge prior to the tournament.

Antoine Griezmann scored a goal for France against Australia.

Peru had their own chance to go in front.

"We had control of a lot of the game and we had our chances but we couldn't turn them into goals", said Gareca.

With holders Germany losing to Mexico and Spain, Argentina, and Brazil all drawing their opening games, the Peru clash is a prime opportunity for the French to stake their claim as the team to beat in Russian Federation.

The Manchester United star is probably the most criticised footballer on the planet, but he has made three telling contributions to the France cause so far and looks well in the mood to do damage at this tournament. "France corrected its style over the course of the game, this proves that France is a great side".

"If the team needs it, you need to sacrifice yourself", Mbappe said.

Indeed, the South American side finished the game with a commanding 57 per cent of the possession stakes and only had two less shots (10) than France's 12. Two others were blocked.

In the next match, France will face Denmark in Moscow, at the Luzhniki stadium. The chemistry they found as substitutes carried over and it sharpened France's attack.

The 1998 champions reached the knockout stages in Russian Federation after Kylian Mbappe's first half strike at the Ekaterinburg Arena on Thursday.

Goalkeeper-captain Hugo Lloris said after winning his 100th cap: "It's very satisfying because we've reached our objective".

"This is a player that is 19 years old and who did what few or no players did (in playing for France at such a young age)".

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