Mbappe leads France into Round of 16


France's forward Kylian Mbappe (C) celebrates with teammates during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group C football match between France and Peru at the Ekaterinburg Arena in Ekaterinburg on June 21, 2018.

Kylian Mbappe made history as France booked their place in the World Cup's knockout rounds with an unconvincing 1-0 Group C defeat of Peru.

Mbappe read the situation when Olivier Giroud's deflected shot looped over the keeper's head to provide the 19-year-old with a simple tap-in on 34 minutes. We played a better game in the first half - it was more fluid and flowing.

"I wasn't nervous but not totally satisfied". We had 25 minutes when we defended too much, certainly, although we did it well.

"We took stock of what was done well or not so well and all agree that we will have to increase our physical intensity and improve our attitude in general", said France vice-captain Raphael Varane.

Hugo Lloris who was making his 100th appearance for the Le Bleus remained nearly tested an ambitious strike from Yoshimar Yotun, but the shot from the halfway line drifted wide.

"When I was little with my friends, we always used to take the mickey out of each other, saying, 'You were good, you were bad'".

"Peru pressed right till the end, but we managed to stay solid and disciplined".

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Peru's defender Luis Advincula (left) and France's midfielder Blaise Matuidi vie for the ball during their Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group C match at the Ekaterinburg Arena in Ekaterinburg on June 21, 2018. 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.

"The public were incredible and that is what really hurts, that we were unable to pay back this fervour, which the team awoke, and this multitude of people who followed us", the Argentine told reporters. There was this huge mass of people following us.

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

"I said before the tournament that everyone would be surprised with they their passion, and their love for the team".

Peru are with zero points, while Denmark are second with four points. Lucas Hernandez had a shot blocked by goalkeeper Pdro Dallese late in the first half.

Captain Guerrero, starting after seeing a 14-month drug ban frozen to allow him to play in Russian Federation, could have been Peru's hero but his 87th-minute free kick was easy pickings for Lloris as France settled for a one-goal victory.

The Chelsea striker was the supplier on 11 minutes when Griezmann dragged a left-footed shot wide, and then nodded down a long ball which the Atletico Madrid star volleyed straight at Peru goalkeeper Pedro Gallese.