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France’s Mbappe sends Les Bleus into World Cup last 16 as Peru eliminated

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
France's forward Kylian Mbappe (R) scores the opening goal past Peru's goalkeeper Pedro Gallese (C) during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Group C football match between France and Peru at the Ekaterinburg Arena in Ekaterinburg, Russia, on June 21, 2018. (Photo by AFP)

The France men’s national football team, nicknamed Les Bleus (The Blues), has qualified for the knockout stage of the 2018 Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup in Russia following a win against Peru.

On Thursday, the French squad could overcome the Peruvian outfit 1-0 in a Group C fixture played at the Ekaterinburg Arena in Ekaterinburg.

Both teams started the opening half with great intensity. France attacked as La Blanquirroja (The White and Red) defended resolutely to reach half-time at 0-0 but its resistance was broken at last.

French professional footballer Kylian Mbappe, who plays as a forward for Paris Saint-Germain club, tapped in after a shot by teammate Olivier Giroud looped over Peru goalkeeper Pedro Gallese when it took a deflection off a defender in the 34th minute.

Even though La Blanquirroja played boldly and its best chance came five minutes into the second half when Pedro Aquinho's powerful shot hit the post, it could not change the result and was subsequently eliminated from the World Cup.

Peru's midfielder Christian Cueva passes the ball during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Group C football match between France and Peru at the Ekaterinburg Arena in Ekaterinburg, Russia, on June 21, 2018. (Photo by AFP)

During the official 2018 FIFA World Cup draw ceremony at Kremlin State Palace in the Russian capital city of Moscow on December 1 last year, the host nation, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Uruguay were put in Group A in the preliminary round of the tournament.

The Iran men's national football team, nicknamed Team Melli, has joined Portugal’s A Selecção, Spain’s La Furia Roja and Atlas Lions of Morocco.

France is drawn in Group C, and is pitted against Australia, Peru and Denmark.

Argentina, Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria are drawn in Group D.

France's midfielder Blaise Matuidi (L) and Peru's defender Luis Advincula compete for the ball during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Group C football match between France and Peru at the Ekaterinburg Arena in Ekaterinburg, Russia, on June 21, 2018. (Photo by AFP)

Group E consists of Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia.

While the 2014 FIFA World Cup champion Germany, Mexico, Sweden and South Korea shape Group F, Belgium, Panama, Tunisia and England are in Group G.

Group H has Poland, Senegal, Colombia and Japan.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup will take place from June 14 to July 15. Russia opened the event against Saudi Arabia in a Group A fixture at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium. The hosts won the match 5-0.

A total of 64 matches will be played in 12 venues located in 11 cities.


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