France victory imminent

French struggled to hit top gear in opening match but can seal passage into last 16 with a win, while South Americans know they need to sharpen up in front of goal.

Peru’s lack of quality speaks for itself. Coach Ricardo Gareca confesses that his team will be overawed ‘at every level’ and just prays team spirit can keep the French at bay for 90 minutes. Paolo Guerrero will start the match and that means the best Peru team will face Les Blues.

The last South American team to beat France at the World Cup was Argentina in 1978. Since then, France are unbeaten in their last seven World Cup fixtures against CONMEBOL opposition (W3 D4), with three of the last four games ending goalless.

France have kept a clean sheet in each of their last six World Cup games against South American sides. Brazil’s Careca is the last CONMEBOL player to score past France in the competition, back in the 1986 World Cup quarter-final.

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