Group C: France vs Peru
As the group stages head into the second match day in Group C of the FIFA World Cup 2018, France seek to seal their knock-out stage spot by a win in the France Vs Peru game. The second game-week of the FIFA World Cup 2018 is going to be very interesting as it pretty much decides which teams qualify from the groups and which teams get eliminated, as it happened with the previous groups.
Tomorrow's #WorldCup fixtures:
?? Denmark vs. Australia ??
?? France vs. Peru ??
?? Argentina vs. Croatia ?? pic.twitter.com/vEjWutg6Ap
— Football Tweet (@Football__Tweet) June 20, 2018
Group A has confirmed its teams going into the Round of 16 and Group B is also more or less sure of its qualifying teams. France and Denmark top their group with a win each while Peru and Australia both losing their opening encounters.
France were expected to run riot in their opening encounter against Australia but managed a difficult 2-1 win. The same goes for Denmark sealing a hard fought 1-0 win over Peru. This means that if Peru could defend well like they did against Denmark, they might as well walk away with a point from tonight’s France Vs Peru match.
France Vs Peru clash have taken place only once in footballing history in a friendly match back in 1982 with the Les Blues winning it 1-0.
Deschamps and France would be looking to make amends for a quiet opening match winning 2-1 against Australia in the first round.
This is what Lloris had to say after their match:
“We have seen other teams break their teeth in the first match,”
“We got the three points, even if our way of playing needs to improve. Nothing can replace aggression, this has been lacking for the whole match. We must raise our quality physically, psychologically and technically.”
The players who missed the opening match played a warm-up game with the Spartak Moscow U19s which means Didier is expected to make a few changes for tonight’s France Vs Peru match. Sidibe, who missed the opening game might replace Pavard while Lucas Hernandez is likely to hold on to his place.
Tolliso, who didn’t make much of an impact in the first game might see either Matuidi or Fekir start instead of him. France would be looking for nothing less than a convincing victory in the France Vs Peru game which might seal their top spot in Group C.
The news is that Deschamps might switch to 4-4-2 starting with Giroud upfront which means Ousmane Dembele might sit out and Mbappe will move to the midfield. Matuidi is also expected to start.
Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid)
The Atletico forward, who scored the opening goal against the Aussies via a penalty-kick would be the key man in front of the opposition goal for the Blues. The lack of chances coming his way had a direct impact on the performance of the French team.
— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) June 16, 2018
As we saw in the Euros, he is a big tournament player and if chances come his way, they will definitely end up inside the opposition net. Griezmann is expected to be the firepower required to win the France Vs Peru match.
Paul Pogba (Manchester United)
The United midfielder credited with scoring the winning goal would be the key in midfield if France are to perform well tonight, although Pogba didn’t have much of a success pairing up with Tolisso last time. With change of legs in the starting line-up for France, it would be interesting how he performs in this match.
Paul Pogba has been instrumental in today's game helping the french side securing 3 points against Australia.
His late winner goal and passes completed made him man of the match.#wc18 #Russia pic.twitter.com/vu5L3eoOF8
— Power 360 Drive (@power360drive) June 16, 2018
Oliver Giroud, another important component of the France team, is a player who could make the difference.
Peru are an attacking side and they caused Denmark a lot of troubles in the last match taking 17 shots. It means the French defense would have a busy day and they would be happy with the presence of Hugo Lloris between the sticks.
Peru had a dream qualifying round in the CONMEBOL qualifiers. They had only won 4 of their 13 matches before claiming 11 points from their last 5 matches. Peru finished 5th above Chile because of a goal difference of 2. They defeated New Zealand to finally book their place.
This saw Peru’s rise in world rankings as high as 9 and are currently placed 11. On their opening match of the FIFA World Cup 2018, they faced Denmark. They had a chance of opening the scoreline when a penalty was given in their favour, courtesy of VAR. But Christian Cueva failed to convert the penalty sending the ball flying over the post.
“At halftime, we told him he had to keep playing strong and stay in the match,”
“Of course, people make mistakes, there are always mistakes, and we have to turn things around. He has the personality to turn it around. After the penalty, he stayed in there, he was asking for the ball. I think he recovered.”
“It was a very competitive game. In my view, Peru did as much as possible to win the game and score,”
“I have nothing to say to my players. They did their best. I really can’t complain. I think in general terms the result doesn’t really reflect what happened on the pitch.”
Gareca also defended the team’s decision to bench their star player Paolo Guerrero who is also their highest scorer.
“That’s the decision we made. This team has been playing together well [without him]”
Peru fans would be wanting him to start the France Vs Peru game and score for the Los Incas.
Jefferson Farfán (Lokomotiv Moscow)
Was dangerous upfront going into attacks last time around against Denmark. He got past the defenders with ease only to be denied by keeper Kasper Schmeichel. His swift pace and ability to go past the defenders would be essential if The White-Reds are to shine against the Blues.
TEAM PROFILE: Peru ??
⭐️Star Player: Jefferson Farfan
?Manager: Ricardo Gareca
?Best Finish: Quarter Finals
Peru’s kit is a thing of beauty! Who’s got your favourite kit? pic.twitter.com/VwlQjkCo41
— Stephen Howson ?? (@MrStephenHowson) June 17, 2018
André Carrillo (Benfica)
The winger on loan with Watford had an excellent match against Denmark and would be the key for Peru going into attack in the France Vs Peru game.
Christian Ramos and Miguel Trauco would be kept busy in the defense and the middle by the dynamic French forwards and need to perform well.
All said and done, it will a heartbreak for Peru if they lose out on this affair and it is likely to happen with France winning 2-1.