France have become the third country to qualify for the knockout stage at the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Russia after they secured a second successive win with a 1-0 win over Peru courtesy Kylian Mbappe’s close range finish in the first half.
Mbappe is now the youngest France goalscorer in the history of the World Cup at the age of 19.
The 1998 World Cup champions showed why they started the second Group C game as favourites in the first half and they reaped rewards for their dominance in the 34th minute when he tapped home Olivier Giroud’s blocked shot.
The South Americans were much improved after the halftime interval with Pedro Aquino going close as his shot shaved the outside of French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris’ crossbar but they struggled to threaten a solid France defence for the remainder of the game.
The result means Peru become the fourth country to suffer elimination on their return to the World Cup stage for the first time in 36 years.
The South Americans join the North African duo of Morocco and Egypt as well as Saudi Arabia as teams that are out of the tournament.
On the other hand, France joins Uruguay and hosts Russia in the last 16.