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Kylian Mbappé Books France’s Ticket To Last 16

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)

Kylian Mbappé notched the only goal in a nervy game in which France came out with a 1-0 win, sending a plucky Peru out of the World Cup.

Olivier Giroud came in for Ousmane Dembele and was the focal point in the French attack, pinning defenders to link up play for the creative outlets around him.

It was in fact the great work from the Chelsea frontman that brought the winning goal after his effort was blocked into the path of the onrushing Mbappé who tapped into the open goal.

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With the ball sticking to Giroud’s feet, Paul Pogba was able to play in a far more advanced role than he usually does for the national team. The strapping midfielder was heavily involved in the majority of the French attacks and looked to be playing with a smile on his face.

The first half wasn’t all France however, as Paolo Guerrero, who was brought back into the Peru team, went close with an effort after beating Samuel Umtiti to the ball; the 34-year-old’s effort was kept out by the legs of Hugo Lloris.

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The South Americans took the game to the 1998 winners in the second half, but without creating any clear-cut opportunities.

Pedro Aquino hit the outside of the post with a wonderful effort in the 51st minute and other chances for André Carrillo and Luis Advíncula were blazed over the bar from distance.

When Guerrero hit a tame free-kick into the hands of Lloris in the closing minutes, Peru’s chances of getting a draw fluttered away alongside those of getting out of the group.

France are through, and they face Denmark – who may join them in the last 16 – on Tuesday night. Peru will play for pride only against an Australian team who have an outside chance of scraping through.

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