France has booked their place in the round of 16 of the World Cup after beating Peru 1-0 thanks to a solitary strike from Kylian Mbappe.
Les Blues started their first competitive match against Peru on the back of the 2-1 victory over Australia in the first group game. Didier Deschamp’s men came close to scoring twice when Griezmann was teed up by teammate Giroud but saw his effort saved by the Peruvian goalkeeper.
However, they kept asking the right questions to the opposition defense and eventually got their reward in the 34th minute when the shot-stopper diverted a Giroud shot that fortunately fell on Mbappe’s path to tap in from close range.
GOAL! Pogba slides in Giroud whose shot deflects over the goalkeeper and Mbappe is on hand to tap in becoming France's youngest ever goalscorer at a World Cup in the process pic.twitter.com/TGx7b2XZpC
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After a nervous glance at the linesman and a simultaneous check with VAR, the Paris Saint-Germain forward was then able to enjoy his celebration as he bagged his first goal at a World Cup, making him the youngest French player to score at World Cup at 19years and 183days.
France held on to the 1-0 victory despite few clear-cut chances created by the South Americans. In the other group game, Denmark and Austrailia settled for a 1-1 draw in what was a keenly contested affair. As it stands, France are through to the knockout phases, leaving the position of group winners and runners-up to be decided in the last group games.