France took a 1-0 lead over Peru in the first round in Group C’s 2018 World Cup Group E match at the Ekaterinburg Arena Stadium on Thursday (21/6).
France coach Didier Deschamps made some changes in the starter against Peru. Not only about the composition of players, Deschamps also change the game scheme of his team.
The 4-3-3 formation that was applied to beat Australia 2-1 was changed to 4-2-3-1. There is no change for the back line quartet, France just change the middle sector to the front.
Corentin Tolisso midfielder is reserved and replaced Blaise Matuidi. Striker Olivier Giroud who previously reserved played as a center forward, while Antoine Griezmann became second striker.
With such a composition France pressed Peru since the early minutes. The team nicknamed Les Bleus was apparently keen to aim for a quick goal to win, while ensuring a place in the round of 16 large.
Griezmann got his first attempt to score in the 11th minute but his shot from inside the penalty box was wide of the Peruvian goal.
One minute later it was Paul Pogba’s turn to give Peru a threat but still sideways on the right. Griezmann’s second attempt in the 16th minute could also be blocked by Peru goalkeeper Pedro Gallese.
Despite continued pressure, Peru can still dangerous French goalkeeper. In the 31st minute kick left foot striker Paulo Guerrero from inside the penalty box can still be blocked Hugo Lloris.
French efforts to break the Peruvian goal since the early minutes to fruition in the 34th minute. Sontekan young player Kylian Mbappe make France winning 1-0.
Mbappe’s goal started from Pogba bait to Giroud. Chelsea striker was then released a kick that blocked a Peruvian defender, a wild ball leads to the right side immediately greeted Mbappe into goals.
Although France’s superior still gives danger to Peru. It’s just a kick Lucas Hernandez again defeated goalkeeper Gallese. Until the first half was over, France remained ahead 1-0.