Giroud & Matuidi start as Deschamps drops Dembele for Peru

After an unimpressive performance against Australia, Didier Deschamps made two changes for France's clash with Peru on Thursday.

Published : Jun 21, 2018 20:14 IST

Olivier Giroud was named in France's starting XI to face Peru in its second World Cup fixture, with Ousmane Dembele dropping to the bench.

France ran out 2-1 winner in its opening game against Australia, though it was fortunate to benefit from a fortuitous own goal late on.

Didier Deschamps' men came in for criticism for their performance and its coach reacted on Thursday by making two alterations. Giroud got the nod to lead the line, coming in for Dembele having featured as a substitute last time out.


Blaise Matuidi - also introduced as a replacement against the Socceroos - was handed a start as well, coming in for Corentin Tolisso. France was expected to line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Matuidi on the left and Griezmann in behind Giroud.

Peru coach Ricardo Gareca also made a couple of changes, bringing in captain Paolo Guerrero and Pedro Aquino for Jefferson Farfan and Renato Tapia.

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