N’Golo Kante and Olivier Giroud played a crucial role for France as the French team defeated Peru 1-0 to book a place in the round of 16 in the ongoing World Cup in Russia.
Giroud who came off the bench at the weekend, was named in the starting line-up against Peru and played as the focal point of the France attack, supported by Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe and Blaise Matuidi, who was also brought into the side. Kante, meanwhile, was paired with Paul Pogba as the two deep-lying midfielders in a 4-2-3-1 system.
Giroud’s impact on the team was evident from very early in the game as the quality of his hold-up play allowed his team-mates to get forward in support, and he linked up with Griezmann impressively.
Giroud was then heavily involved as the deadlock was broken 11 minutes before half-time. Peru attempted to play their way out of trouble but as France won it back, Pogba slipped in Giroud, whose first time strike deflected up and over the goalkeeper, leaving Mbappe with the simple task of tapping into an empty net.
Kante was very influential in midfield as he constantly broke up play and used the ball very well.