France vs Peru: 5 things to look forward to

Les Bleus can effectively make it into the knockout rounds by defeating

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Moments of fortune – a VAR-assisted penalty, given for a slight touch, and an unlikely deflection – were enough to give France three points against Australia, and put them into a commanding position in group C. A win would see them effectively qualify for the next round, while Peru need a win if they hope to progress. 

But a better performance will be required if they are to get past a Peru side that won hearts after their spirited loss to Denmark. Caught on the counter in a 1-0 loss, it could all have been so different had Christian Cueva scored his first-half penalty.

Both managers have the option of naming unchanged teams, but there is a suggestion that both will look to tweak. 

It’s been reported that Didier Deschamps might look to bring Olivier Giroud into the starting line-up in place of midfielder Corentin Tolisso, and play the target man ahead of the last outing’s front three of Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele in a 4-2-3-1 formation. 

Meanwhile, Peru’s all-time leading scorer Paolo Guerrero could be recalled to the team.

Here are five things to look forward to:

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