Published: Thu, June 21, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

France v Peru: Les Bleus calm after unconvincing start


"We can beat any team, we have the tools to win and we know how to handle ourselves in this type of extreme situation". "They lost their first game, so the pressure is on them".

The Peruvians missed a penalty and wasted countless opportunities as the South American nation were made to pay by the efficient Danes. We are obviously not going to be able to control France all the time but we want to develop our style of play. "It's going to be a tough match, we all know the quality they have, but we are eleven against eleven", the defender said.

Peru's all-time leading scorer and captain made an immediate impact once introduced, nearly equalising. We know that we will have to defend with more intensity, but mostly defend together.

Peru need to beat the strongly fancied French in Yekaterinburg in their Group C encounter or face an early exit from Russian Federation.

Eligible to play in Russian Federation having been initially suspended following a doping ban, Paolo Guerrero was surprisingly named on the bench against Denmark. The South American side won 1-0 at the Parc des Princes.

In the second match of the day, France face Peru PREVIEW France will be keen to book an early place in the pre-quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup when they meet Peru, who are staring down the barrel of an early exit, in a Group C clash here on Thursday. "There are no favourites in this World Cup, it's been shown".

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After consecutive defeats against Mexico and South Africa in 2010, France are unbeaten in their last four group stage games in World Cup finals (W3, D1, L0). France scored from a penalty conversion from Antoine Griezmann and an own goal late in the game.

Having become France's youngest ever player in a major tournament in their opening match, Kylian Mbappé is also looking to become their youngest ever goalscorer in a World Cup or European Championships, with David Trezeguet vs Saudi Arabia in 1998 now holding the record (20y 246d). (Currently David Trezeguet vs Saudi Arabia in 1998 - 20 years, 246 days).

Peru are winless in their last five World Cup encounters against European opposition (D2, L3), their last win coming against Scotland in 1978.

Peru are winless in their last seven World Cup matches (D2, L5).

France notched three points with a hard-fought victory over Australia on Saturday, and Peru has yet to earn a point after a 1-0 defeat to Denmark.

Football statisticians Gracenote Sports believe France have a 78% chance of progressing through the group.

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