World Cup 2018 – France 1-0 Peru, RESULT: Kylian Mbappe sends stuttering Les Bleus through but dumps opponents out
90+3min: Just about last chance for Peru. They have a free-kick in the France half.
It’s pumped long to Guerrero inside the box, but his headed flick on bounces harmlessly wide. Hopeless I’m afraid
90+1min: Peru have four added minutes to score and stay in this World Cup. The trouble is France have the ball… in the corner… in the Peru end of the pitch.
90min: Final France change and it is shut up shop time as Steven Nzonzi comes on for Pogba.
88min: Guerrero does take the free-kick but just Peru’s second shot on target in this game fails to trouble Lloris as he gathers the low shot fairly easily. France look like they are heading through, but on this performance there will still be questions hanging over them. They looked really good in the first half too.
85min: Still Peru desperately push for an equaliser and they win a free-kick 25 yards out after Paul Pogba is booked for a foul. France are rather hanging on a little bit here. They have been so poor in this half.
France’s Paul Pogba (right) gets past Peru’s Pedro Aquino during the Group C clash
82min: Final change for Peru as Raul Ruidiaz comes on for Christian Cueva. Meanwhile Aquino is booked for a foul…eventually.
Edison Flores had copped the punishment in a case of mistaken identity, but VAR led to to the referee reversing his decision a few moments later. VAR to the rescue again
80min: Second change for France as Nabil Fekir replaces Antoine Griezmnaa – another who has hardly had a kick this half.
78min: Peru have been brilliant but I do fear it’s all going to be in vain as we approach the final 10 minutes. Truth be told, Hugo Lloris has not been seriously tested as the South American side head into a final 10 minutes where they must score to stay in the World Cup.
75min: After reading every page of the gamesmanship handbook, Mbappe shakes every player’s hand he can find as he is replaced in France’s first change. Once he does complete his two-hour trek across the turf he makes way for Ousmane Dembele.
74min: More great Peru play! A ball is played out wide for Andre Carrillo whose back post cross finds Farfan. The striker though is at an unfavourable angle to goal and he can only volley into the side netting.
71min: It has been an unusual half for France – whose approach has been similar to Denmark’s earlier on.
They looked good in the first period but have done next to nothing in this half. Olivier Giroud and Kylian Mbappe have hardly had a kick.
68min: Advincula flashes another shot just over the bar, but I tell you what – the Peru supporters are sticking with their side.
Even as a neutral I want them to score just to see the chaos and jubilation it will promote around the ground. There is no way anybody wants these supporters to go home early. Best of the tournament? They get my shout.
Peru fans show their support from inside the Ekaterinburg Arena
67min: My concern for Peru is that if they do create a good chance, I don’t really actually back them to score it. If Peru are to tumble out the World Cup it will be down to poor finishing – and that goes for the Denmark match too
64min: And still Peru come forward. The France defence is under constant attack but credit to them – they are holding firm right now as Peru continue to boss the play.
61min: If Peru are going out of this tournament early, it will be one of the biggest shames so far. Their approach has been magnificent as they continue to chase an equaliser, with another effort flying just over the crossbar.
Kylian Mbappe of France takes a corner kick during the World Cup clash
60min: Peru started this game charging down the right, and it’s the avenue of choice at the start of the half as Advincula’s low cut-back is cleared by the French defence which is coming under pressure now.
57min: Coming up to the hour mark and Peru are still looking dangerous going forward. Still no chance to rival this rocket from Aquino though:
54min: With Peru throwing on another attacker I will be very surprised if there is not another goal in this game. Peru have started on the front foot again but as this half goes on they will leave themselves exposed to a counter attack.
51min: Goodness me, what an effort! The ball is rolled into the path of Pedro Aquino 25 yards to goal and his first time strike was rising like a rocket towards the top corner only to swerve onto the post and behind for a goal kick. Hugo Lloris did not look like he was getting that.
Paolo Guerrero confronts the referee as Samuel Umtiti goes down injured
47min: Umtiti has already been in the wars with Guerrero, now he has suffered at the hands of another Peru striker.
Battling for an aerial ball he is caught by Farfan on the leg, and he is agony on the pitch. A stretcher is brought on but he will limp off.
He will try and come back on to run off the injury but I would not be surprised if he needed replacing soon.
With Peru’s World Cup hopes dangling by a thread, on come Jefferson Farfan and Anderson Santamaria as Yoshimar Yotun and Alberto Rodriguez depart.
But the way they are shaping up, they have the tools to go much further. They have arguably been the best team at this tournament so far and after taking the lead against Peru were still pressing for a second goal before the half-time whistle.
Peru started well and it perhaps led to them tiring before the break. If only Guerrero had taken that chance though…
Peru’s Paolo Guerrero shoots at goal after getting ahead of France defender Samuel Umtiti
44min: Although France are going up the gears now though. Griezmann playing a wonderful pass into space inside the box which leads to Lucas Hernandez firing just off target.
42min: The scoreline is perhaps slightly harsh on Peru who have done enough to warrant being level at the break. They have not taken their chances though and I just wonder how big that Guerrero opportunity will look in around an hour.
39min: Here is how Mbappe opened the scoring for France who of course are now heading to the last-16 as it stands
37min: That goal has silenced the Peru support, right? On the contrary, if anything they are now louder despite their side staring down the barrel of a World Cup exit.
34min: Big defensive mistake from Peru and they are punished for it. Playing out from the back they lose the ball and it results in a blocked Olivier Giroud shot falling in front of Kylian Mbappe who this time has a much easier finish with a tap-in.
33min: Now it’s France’s turn for regrets. Not an easy chance for Kylian Mbappe with his back to goal but his flick is mistimed and it allows Gallese to gather.
31min: Big chance for Peru – and I would have feared for the safety of the temporary stands had it gone in judging by the vibrant South American support in them and the explosion of joy it would have created.
Guerrero takes a brilliant first touch from a cut-back to get past Umtiti and create space for a shot, but his drive although contains power lacks conviction as he fires straight at Hugo Lloris.
‘Having survived a cluster of chance Peru have found their rhythm again. They’ve switched wingers Carrillo and Flores over. And the fans are responding, turning up the volume and bouncing in the vertiginous temporary stands behind the goals.’
France’s Samuel Umtiti (centre) talks with Peru’s Paolo Guerrero after a clash between the pair
25min: Over half-way through the first half and the best chance has been Griezmann’s half volley which you can watch below:
19min: Carrillo has switched to the left flank now and it pays off short term as after feeding Christian Cueva, his cross is handled by Benjamin Pavard. France though win a free-kick from the resulting delivery into the box.
Blaise Matuidi is booked for hauling down Luis Advincula.
14min: I thought that was in! A corner from the left is swung in for France and although Raphael Varane jumps highest, his nodded effort across goal is just wide.
12min: Not far wide from Paul Pogba! The midfielder tries his luck with a low powerful drive from 30 yards that seems to pick up pace as it skids through and just wide across goal.
Peru’s midfielder Edison Flores (left) vies for the ball with France’s Kylian Mbappe
11min: First chance for France though – and you expect more of Antoine Griezmann here. With an opportunity to shoot on the right side of the box, he shanks well wide of the near post under pressure. Not a glorious chance but you expect better.
9min: France are finally starting to flex their muscles as they gain possession. But coming up to the first 10 minutes of this game and there is only one team looking lively.
6min: Well it’s been six minutes now and France can hardly get a kick of the ball let alone take control of the game. Peru, just like against Denmark, are well up for this.
3min: It’s a good start for Peru who have immediately gone at France roared on by a crowd dominated with supporters of the South Americans.
Andre Carillo is looking menacing down the right. I wonder how long France will put up with this.