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World Cup: France 1 vs Peru 0: Kylian Mbappe goal gives Les Bleus the lead



France entertain Peru in today’s Group C showdown in Ekaterinburg. Follow the World Cup action live with Unique Sports.
France continue their Group C campaign today against South American hopefuls Peru in Ekaterinburg.

Les Bleus relied on a late own goal as they scraped to an unconvincing 2-1 win over Australia on Saturday and will struggle to beat Peru if they replicate their opening performance.

Peru, playing at a World Cup for the first time since 1982, suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat to Denmark in their opening match and need to pick up a result to extend their stay in Russia.


92: A bit of gamesmanship from Nabil Fekir wins France a set-piece deep in Peru territory. Surprisingly it’s sent Matuidi’s way and he volleys wide.

France vs Peru: Live World Cup score, goals and updates as Antoine Griezmann starts

90: Steven Nzonzi on for Paul Pogba. Four minutes of added time. It’s now or never for Peru.

89: This could be the chance. Pogba is booked for… basically nothing actually. He accidentally tapped Flores’ face and Peru have a free-kick about 25-yards from goal.

Guerrero steps up… weak. Just knocks it over the wall and Lloris picks it up.

87: Can Peru muster one final effort on goal? Thy’ve just had a corner swung in from the left but Umtiti clears it into orbit.

85: Dembele loses his composure inside the penalty area and snatches it wide. I don’t think we’d see another goal if we played until midnight.
83: Nabil Fekir replaces Antoine Griezmann for the closing stages. Thousands of Liverpool supporters are now watching intently to see whether the Lyon star is worth the hassle.

80: Peru have ten minutes to keep their World Cup dreams alive.

79: This is developing into a difficult watch now. Olivier Giroud has just kept the ball in the corner for 30 seconds rather than try and score another goal.

76: Kylian Mbappe receives the wrath of the Peru fans. He’s replaced by Ousmane Dembele but decides to shake everyone’s hand before leaving the field. Surely that’s going to be worth an extra two minutes of additional time.

73: Every time, every time. Carrillo has been Peru’s best and worst player today. Again he beats Hernandez down the right flank but his delivery is poor and France clear.

70: France just about doing enough so far. But not exactly convincing considering their £914,850,000 squad valuation. Didier Deschamps needs to get his troops to click.

France vs Peru: Live World Cup score, goals and updates as Antoine Griezmann starts

68: It’s all Peru pressure, but they still haven’t carved out a decent opportunity. Their final ball has been dismal.
65: “I think the only player who can play instead of Giroud is Benzema and he’s not in the squad,” Patrice Evra said of Olivier Giroud. “I think Giroud should start every game.

“You see he can hold the ball, he’s good on the one-two, he has a good relationship as well with Antoine Griezmann. You can see Griezmann is always around him. So I think Giroud has to start every game. I know he annoys a lot of people when he’s playing, but he has to start. He’s been so good for France.”

63: Target practice required. Peru have attempted seven shots this afternoon but just one of those has been on target.

60: Trying to figure out what style Peru play, but 60 minutes later I haven’t a clue. It’s entertaining whatever you want to call it. Carrillo pulls the trigger from distance but he’s skied it.

France vs Peru: Live World Cup score, goals and updates as Antoine Griezmann starts

58: Kylian Mbappe leaves Aquino dizzy with some fancy footwork before Matiudi shanks his cross. Seconds before that Samuel Umtiti, who’s magically recovered from a hamstring injury, nods straight at Gallese.

France vs Peru: Live World Cup score, goals and updates as Antoine Griezmann starts
55: France are really turning up the heat now. It’s a good thing too, I don’t think I could handle a fourth-consecutive 1-0 result at the World Cup.

52: Woodwork! Peru are inches from drawing level as Pedro Aquino leathers Farfan’s cutback off the outside of the post.

51: I’ve no medical experience but I’m not sure Samuel Umtiti should bother continuing with a dodgy hamstring. Dr Anderson, at your service…

France vs Peru: Live World Cup score, goals and updates as Antoine Griezmann starts

48: Ouch! Samuel Umtiti collides with Farfan in the air and the Barcelona man has come off worse. He’s grabbing his hamstring but wants to try and run it off.

45: Double change for Peru if I’m not mistaken. Farfan and Santamaria replace Rodriguez and Yotun. We’re back underway. France are 45 minutes away from a place in the last 16

HT: Kylian Mbappe’s strike separates these sides at the break. Peru are still in with a shout, but they’ll be rueing Paolo Guerrero’s missed opportunity. He really should have scored.

France grew in confidence and I suspect they will fancy a few more goals with Peru looking spent.

45: Peru are tiring and that’s giving France plenty of time on the ball. They just need to make half-time with a one-goal deficit.

43: Save! Griezmann slips Hernandez through but Gallese palms it away. Olivier Giroud chests the rebound back to Hernandez but this time his first-time strike flashes wide.

France vs Peru: Live World Cup score, goals and updates as Antoine Griezmann starts

41: You’ve got to give it to Olivier Giroud. He just makes this France side tick. His absence was notable against Australia and it’s no coincidence they scored 11 minutes after his introduction.

38: Nearly a second. Griezmann turns on his jet engines and powers away down the right. His cutback looks destined to reach Mbappe but Gallese reads the danger.

36: Kylian Mbappe (19 years and 6 months) is the youngest France player ever to score in a major tournament (World Cup and EURO).

34: Kylian Mbappe becomes the youngest goalscorer at a World Cup for France, and I don’t think he’ll ever have a more straightforward finish.

Olivier Giroud’s effort takes a wicked deflection and loops over Peru goalkeeper Gallese for PSG’s Mbappe to convert into an empty net.

33: That’s the first clean-cut opportunity of the game, and Peru captain Paolo Guerrero has wasted it. Flores pokes him through with only Hugo Lloris to beat but it’s tamely struck at the Tottenham goalkeeper.

30: We’ve reached the half-hour mark and Peru will be fairly happy with things. They’ve limited France to a couple of half-chances and have marked Kylian Mbappe out of the game.

28: Ahhhhh, he just couldn’t resist. Flores, who’s already struck from the halfway line, decides to power another long-ranger and gets it horribly wrong.

France vs Peru: Live World Cup score, goals and updates as Antoine Griezmann starts

25: Peru will want to attack France’s left flank. Matuidi is already on a booking and full-back Lucas Hernandez only has six caps for the national side.

22: Chance! Peru have a free-kick on the left and that’s a cue for every Vuvuzela on planet earth to be blown. False alarm, there’s a foul in the area on Umtiti and the chance is gone.
19: Blaise Matuidi collects the first booking of the afternoon when clawing back Advincula.

18: Peru are living very dangerously indeed. First Mbappe hits the deck under pressure and screams at the assistant for a penalty before Griezmann fires straight at Gallese.

16: Everyone’s expecting the net to ripple as Varane leaves his marker behind and nods a corner towards goal. Peru breathe a sigh of relief as the Real Madrid star’s guides it wide.

13: Welcome to the party, Paul. Pogba drives forward and strikes low to force a decent save from Peru goalkeeper Gallese.

11: Olivier Giroud slips Antoine Griezmann in down the right but having cut inside he skews his effort wide. Most uncharacteristic.

France vs Peru: Live World Cup score, goals and updates as Antoine Griezmann starts

8: I see quite a few people praising the two glorious kits on show today. Football is merely a sideshow apparently.

Flores looks for the David Beckham from inside his own half but Lloris quickly retreats and the effort flies over the crossbar. Quite a ballsy move.


5: How long before a GIF of Carrillo rinsing Pogba finds its way onto Twitter. The Peru midfielder simply wanted it more and turned Manchester United’s £89million signings.

The French are going to need to show the stomach for a fight today because the South American’s have started brightly.

3: We’re all expecting a big performance from France today. They were so dismal against Australia that someone wanted to swap their sweepstake pick with me. I got Senegal…

1: And we’re off! Peru need a result otherwise they will be eliminated from the World Cup. I’m expecting blood…


15:54: It’s just a sea of red inside the stadium. Might be the quietest rendition of La Marseillaise I’ve ever heard. Sorry, lads.

The Peru national anthem is nice and jaunty with a few of the players virtually in tears.

15:10: And here are your line-ups for today’s clash. You might have noticed that Blaise Matuidi is starting as a winger ahead of Mousa Dembele and Nabil Fekir.

France XI: Lloris, Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Lucas, Pogba, Kante, Mbappe-Lottin, Griezmann, Matuidi, Giroud.

Subs: Mandanda, Kimpembe, Lemar, Dembele, Tolisso, Nzonzi, Rami, Fekir, Sidibe, Thauvin, Mendy, Areola.

Peru XI: Gallese, Advincula, Ramos, Rodriguez, Trauco, Aquino, Yotun, Carrillo, Cueva, Flores, Guerrero.

Subs: Caceda, Corzo, Santamaria, Araujo, Hurtado, Farfan, Ruidiaz, Tapia, Polo, Cartagena, Loyola, Carvallo.

Referee: Mohammed Abdulla Hassan


PFA team of the year: Liverpool, Man City players dominate list




English Premier League (EPL) defending champions Manchester City dominated the Professional Footballers’ Association’s (PFA) Team of the Year announced on Thursday, claiming six out of 11 spots.

Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson, forwards Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero, midfielders Bernardo Silva and Fernandinho, and centre back Aymeric Laporte were all named in the side, which also had four players from Liverpool.

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The 2018/2019 EPL leaders are a point ahead of Liverpool in the race for the title, with both teams having three games left to play.

Liverpool dominated the defensive positions with centre back Virgil van Dijk joined by full backs Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold in the side and Sadio Mane named as a forward.

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba was the only player not from either Manchester City or Liverpool to be named in the team.

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La Liga: Real Madrid releases squad against Getafe




Real Madrid have released their squad that will tackle Getafe in tonight’s La Liga fixture at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez Stadium.

Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane released a list of 19 players through the club’s official Twitter page on Thursday morning.

The Los Blancos head to the game following a 3-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.

Below is Real Madrid’s squad against Getafe:

K. Navas, Courtois, Altube, Carvajal, Vallejo, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, Reguilon, Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Valverde, Asensio, Brahim, Isco, Benzema, Bale, Lucas V.

The kick-off time for the match is 8:30pm

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Herrera, Sanchez, Juan Mata others tipped to leave Manchester United




Seven players have been tipped to leave Manchester United this summer, according to Manchester Evening News.

The club is expected to have a busy summer transfer window as manager Ole Gunner Solskjaer hopes to rebuild the club.

Solskjaer looks to rejuvenate his squad at Old Trafford to close the gap on rivals Manchester City and Liverpool.

United may also face a battle to retain the services of key players.

Ander Herrera is approaching the end of his contract and the Spaniard is tipped to leave Old Trafford with PSG a possible destination.

Alexis Sanchez is also tipped to leave United this summer, after struggling to find consistency since his arrival from Arsenal in January 2018.

Also Juan Mata, another player approaching the end of his contract, is tipped for an exit.

Here is lists of players tipped to leave Old Trafford:
Ander Herrera, Alexis Sanchez, Juan Mata, Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba, David De Gea and Marcus Rashford.

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