France vs Peru
Venue: Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg
Kick off: 4pm
France can secure their spot in the World Cup’s last 16 when they take on Peru in their second Group C game in Yekaterinburg.
Les Bleus were pushed all the way by Australia in their opening Group C game on Saturday, with an 80th-minute goal from Paul Pogba securing a 2-1 victory.
France can book their place in the knockout stages if they beat Peru and Hugo Lloris wants his team-mates to go “beyond their capacity” in Russia.
“There is always pressure in all matches in the World Cup. This is when you must go beyond your capacity as a competitor,” he said.
“I have played in a World Cup before so the pressure is felt differently for me, but there is pressure and we are hoping to find a better way of playing. If we don’t raise our way of playing, we will have difficulties.”
Peru gave a good account of themselves as they returned to World Cup action on Saturday after a 36-year absence, and were narrowly beaten by Denmark.
However, manager Ricardo Gareca has admitted his side are not on the same level as their illustrious opponents, but says Peru will not be overrun by France.
“I do not know if we will be on the same level anywhere, to be honest,” he said. “But we are continually improving and want to adapt to this high level as soon as possible.
“But something very important is that we stay true to ourselves and our style, and we believe that we can be a tough nut to crack for any team. We will not let France push us around.”