LIVE: France vs Peru

3′ Carrillo takes on Hernandez again down the right flank, testing the full-back. He sends a low cross into the box, although Varane is able to clear the danger.

2′ Carrillo has a dart at Hernandez down the right flank, but the full-back holds his composure to make the challenge.

1′ We’re underway in this Group C contest.

The last South American team to beat France at the World Cup were Argentina in 1978. Since then, France are unbeaten in their last seven World Cup fixtures against CONMEBOL opposition (W3 D4), with three of the last four games ending goalless.

France and Peru’s only previous encounter was a friendly in April 1982. The South American side won 1-0 at the Parc des Princes.

Peru boss Ricardo Gareca has made two changes to his side from their defeat to Denmark. Guerrero comes into the side to lead the line ahead of Farfan, while Aquino is given the nod ahead of Tapia to start in the middle of the park.

Despite their win over Australia, Deschamps has made changes to his team. Giroud comes into the side to be a focal point of the attack, leading the line. Mbappe and Griezmann drop back to play in support roles alongside Matuidi, although that may alternate him and Pogba. Dembele and Tolisso make way from the starting line-up after underwhelming performances in the opener.

Peru subs: Aldo Corzo, Anderson Santamaria, Miguel Araujo, Paolo Hurtado, Jefferson Farfan, Raul Ruidiaz, Carlos Caceda, Renato Tapia, Andy Polo, Wilder Cartagena, Jose Carvallo, Nilson Loyola.

PERU (4-2-3-1): Pedro Gallese; Luis Advincula, Christian Ramos, Alberto Rodriguez, Miguel Trauco; Pedro Aquino, Yoshimar Yotun; Andre Carrillo, Christian Cueva, Edison Flores; Paolo Guerrero.

France subs: Presnel Kimpembe, Thomas Lemar, Ousmane Dembele, Corentin Tolisso, Steven N’Zonzi, Steve Mandanda, Adil Rami, Nabil Fekir, Djibril Sidibe, Florian Thauvin, Benjamin Mendy, Alphonse Areola.

FRANCE (4-2-3-1): Hugo Lloris; Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti, Lucas Hernandez; Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante; Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, Blaise Matuidi; Olivier Giroud.

Let’s take a look at the two teams this afternoon, starting with Les Bleus.

Denmark and Australia played out a 1-1 draw in the earlier Group C contest today. Therefore France can secure their place in the knockout phase of the tournament with a victory. However, Deschamps will have his sights set on going through as winners of the group.

Peru were beaten 1-0 by Denmark in their opener as Yussuf Poulsen’s strike condemned them to defeat. The South American side now need at least a point this afternoon to keep their hopes of reaching the knockout phase alive. There’s enough talent in their squad to give Les Bleus a tough match and they will need to rise to the occasion to produce a famous result in Ekaterinburg.

France kicked off their World Cup campaign with a 2-1 win over Australia. Les Bleus were far from their best, but strikes from Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba were enough to guide them to the three points. Didier Deschamps’ men were grateful to VAR for their opening goal as Griezmann was brought down by Josh Risdon in the box. Initially the referee waved play on, but the decision was overturned allowing the forward to score from the spot.

Hello and welcome to live text commentary of the Group C match between France and Peru at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

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