Published: Thu, March 29, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Didier Deschamps happy with France display in win over Russian Federation

Didier Deschamps happy with France display in win over Russian Federation

Deschamps made seven changes after letting slip a two-goal lead against Colombia on Friday, and his side showed little urgency until Mbappe somehow missed their opening chance in the 27th minute.

Pogba then netted one for himself just after the break with a sumptuous curling free-kick from around 30 yards out.

Russian Federation pulled one back through Fyodor Smolov in the 68th, but Mbappe restored France's two-goal advantage in the 83rd minute with some clever footwork in the area before firing a finish through the keepers legs. Hosts Russia scored once and it was a goal from Fedor Smolov (68th minute).

Playing in black armbands to mourn the 64 people killed in a fire Sunday in the Siberian city of Kemerovo, Russia continued to struggle ahead of the World Cup.

The visitors came close through Mbappe 10 minutes later, but the Paris Saint-Germain forward was denied by home goalkeeper Andrei Lunev.

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The now-manager scored a brilliant goal against Spain during the second round game, one which France ended up winning 3-1 en route to the final.

Fedor Smolov gave Russian Federation hope, beating Hugo Lloris after meeting a cross from Igor Smolnikov.

According to a Yahoo source: "Jose likes the player, but the player does not have his head in football. We did not do everything well, but this is a time when players have a lot of matches and goals to achieve [for their clubs]". "Luckily, we will not play against Brazil or France in our World Cup group".

As worldwide friendlies have fans entertained all around the world, the World Cup hosts prepare to face one of the tournament's presumed favorites in St. Petersburg.

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