Pogba & Mbappe record France firsts

France ran out 3-1 winners against Russia in St Petersburg, with Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba shining for Didier Deschamps' men.

France midfielder Paul Pogba   -  Getty Images

Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe enjoyed landmark moments as France beat World Cup hosts Russia on Tuesday.

Pogba set up Mbappe and then scored a glorious free-kick himself, dedicating the goal to his late father with a message written on his t-shirt.

The Manchester United midfielder has been out of form at club level, losing his place under Jose Mourinho, but scored and provided an assist for the first time at international level.

France's 3-1 win at St Petersburg's Krestovsky Stadium also provided a milestone for Mbappe, who scored twice but appeared to suffer a late injury.

The Paris Saint-Germain teenager is the youngest player to score a brace for France in the post-war era.

France, beaten by Colombia on Friday despite taking a two-goal lead, have lined up friendlies against the Republic of Ireland, Italy and United States before heading to Russia, where they will take on Australia, Peru and Denmark in Group C.

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