France got off to a good start at the 21st edition of the FIFA world Cup when the beat Australia 2-1 in the opening match of Group C. Goals from Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba saw France through.
The match was however subject to scrutiny pertaining to the controversial penalty which was awarded after consulting the Video Assistant Referee (VAR), lots of fans and pundits questioned the credibility of VAR in football matches after divided-suggestions that Griezmann’s penalty appeal could have actually come from a dive.
France and Peru head into an encounter that is set to be a decisive one, not just for their own fortunes, but for the overall outcome of Group C. France can potentially book passage to the knockout stage with a win, while Peru likely need at least a point to avoid suffering an painful early exit on their FIFA World Cup return.
Peru, for their part, will feel they deserve a slice of luck after their unfortunate 1-0 loss to Denmark on Saturday in their first World Cup match for 36 years. Opening nerves may have now settled, but the pressure remains on the South Americans who have little margin for error against a high-profile opponent.
France: Hugo Lloris; Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti, Lucas Hernandez; Paul Pogba, Ngolo Kante, Blaise Matuidi; Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud, Kylian Mbappe.
Peru : Gallese, Luis Advincula, Christian Ramos, Alberto Rodriguez, Miguel Trauco, Pedro Aquino, Yoshimar Yotun, Andre Carrillo, Edison Flores, Jefferson Farfan, Paolo Guerrero.