The Group C fixture of the FIFA World Cup 2018 will be played between France and Peru on Thursday, June 21 at 3 PM GMT.
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Both teams have faced each other only once before in a friendly match, back in April 1982. In that match, Peru was able to beat France with a score of 1-0 at the Parc des Princes.
The French side will be looking for a win in this match to go on to the Round of 16 after their win with a score of 2-1 against the Australian side due to their high-level attacking football stars.
Peru lost their opening game 1-0 against Denmark at Saransk on Saturday, which was a heartbreak for the loyal fans who had traveled miles to see their side perform well in the World Cup. Peru will be needing at least one point to avoid an elimination in their first World Cup in 36 long years.
The Central Stadium of Yekaterinburg, also known as Ekaterinburg Arena, will be hosting around 35,000 fans for the match in which France go head to head with Peru. The stadium is situated in Yekaterinburg, Russia making it the only venue that stands in the Asian part of Russia for this World Cup. On other days, the stadium is used for football matches of Russian Premier League football club Ural Yekaterinburg.
Predicted XI for France
Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris
Defenders: Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti, Lucas Hernandez
Midfielders: Paul Pogba, Ngolo Kante, Blaise Matuidi
Forwards: Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud, Kylian Mbappe.
Manager: Didier Claude Deschamps
Predicted XI for Peru
Goalkeeper: Pedro Gallese
Defenders: Luis Advincula, Christian Ramos, Alberto Rodriguez, Miguel Trauco
Midfielders: Pedro Aquino, Yoshimar Yotun, Andre Carrillo, Edison Flores
Forwards: Jefferson Farfan, Paolo Guerrero.
Manager: Ricardo Alberto Garcia Nardi
France: For the Les Bleus, Antoine Griezmann will be a player that could make the difference. Griezmann was the top scorer at the 2016 European Championship and is in goalscoring form after his performances with his Spanish club Athletico Madrid.
Peru: Paolo Guerrero, being the team’s all-time leading scorer and Peru’s captain, will be the key player for his side. Paulo is, definitely, in the spotlight after getting his 14-month drug ban lifted for this World Cup after Australia, Denmark and France all wrote to FIFA asking them to lift his ban.