France defeats Peru, qualifies for knockout World Cup stage

1:55                                            Take a look at some of the saves that has made Hugo Lloris such an important part of the France and Tottenham teams

Griezmann then tried to usher the ball through to Giroud but Gallese was there to claim, and the Atletico Madrid star then set up Lucas Hernandez for a shot that was beaten away.

Deschamps got a boost from Giroud and Matuidi in the match against Australia and wisely made the move to start them against Peru.

No real worries for France, which means Deschamps has to choose the formation and strategy he is going to go with for this Fifa World Cup 2018 Group C match.

Giroud is one of Deschamps' favourite players, mainly because he gives you something not too many others in the France squad can - a physical presence, ability to hold up the ball and bring in the wider players into the game in situations where they can really threaten the defence.

La Blanquirroja enjoyed good periods throughout the match and were outplayed only in the final quarter-hour of the first half. "I wasn't nervous but not totally satisfied".

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

"Peru pressed right till the end, but we managed to stay solid and disciplined". It wasn't the dominance that the 7th ranked France was expected to show against the 36th ranked Australians, but the win is still worth 3 points, no matter how it was earned.

RAPHAEL VARANE, France defender, knows he has to be wary despite his team being in a better position compared to rivals who lost or drew their openers.

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Peru's Argentine coach Ricardo Gareca said his men had given their all but apologised to the legions of Peruvian fans who had taken over the most eastern city at the World Cup.

Pedro Aquino hit the post for lively Peru, who are still waiting for their first World Cup win since 1978, and the South American side can no longer qualify from Group C. There was this huge mass of people following us.

"People will be surprised by their passion for the game and their love for the team". Many thought that the inevitable were to happen, and a goal for Peru at that stage of the game would have been well deserved.

Later in the first half, striker Paolo Guerrero outsmarted Samuel Umtiti in the penalty area but fired his shot at Lloris's legs.

Peru will face Australia in Sochi while France takes on Denmark in Moscow.

The forward had already miscued a volley when Giroud's effort looped over Gallese and into Mbappe's path for an easy tap-in.

After a slow start to the game, France began to impose themselves.

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