Published: Thu, June 21, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

We will not let France bully us -Peru coach

We will not let France bully us -Peru coach

An Aussie own goal off a Paul Pogba redirected shot saved the French side from an embarrassing start to the World Cup, but the team will need to refocus against Peru.

Underdogs Peru are capable of beating anyone at the World Cup and will not allow France to bully them in their Group C clash, coach Ricardo Gareca said yesterday.

Giroud had a positive impact coming off the bench in France's 2-1 win over Australia in their Group C opener and physicality will also be useful up front against the Peruvians. Yet the scoreline obscured the frustration of the match: Australia tied up the game off a penalty kick in the 62nd minute and nearly forced a draw.

They must now beat the Swedes, who have three points, on Saturday as any other result could potentially see them eliminated. Deschamps did not rule out starting with Olivier Giroud, even if his comments on the striker were ambivalent.

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Didier Deschamps' side struggled, however, to produce the free-flowing football which has them sat among the favourites to go all the way in Russian Federation. "I don't know if we'll be on the same level anywhere, to be honest", he said.

"There is always pressure in all matches in the World Cup. We know how to handle ourselves in this sort of extreme situation". Or can Peru avoid another defeat and upset France? The South American side won 1-0 at the Parc des Princes.

After consecutive defeats against Mexico and South Africa in 2010, France are unbeaten in their last four group stage games in World Cup finals (W3, D1, L0).

Peru are winless in their last seven World Cup matches (D2, L5).

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Antoine Griezmann has been directly involved in nine of France's last 13 goals scored in major tournaments (World Cup and European Championships), with seven goals and two assists.

Peru were unlucky not to get a point against Denmark, losing 1-0.

France and Peru's only previous encounter was a friendly in April 1982. I'll go for a score draw.

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