#WC2018: Giroud, Matuidi earn starts for France vs Peru

Thursday, June 21, 2018

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MOSCOW, Russia (AP) — Olivier Giroud and Blaise Matuidi are in France's starting lineup against Peru after serving as effective second-half substitutes in the opening 2-1 victory over Australia in which the three-pronged attack of Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele didn't impress.

Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is making his 100th international appearance.

Peru coach Ricardo Gareca has brought back striker Paolo Guerrero after using him as a substitute in the opening match against Denmark. The 34-year-old is his country's all-time leading scorer with 35 goals but has missed a lot of action because of a doping ban that was lifted only weeks ago by a Swiss judge.

The lineups:

France: Hugo Lloris, Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti, Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud, Kylian Mbappe, N'Golo Kante, Blaise Matuidi, Lucas Hernandez.

Peru: Pedro Gallese, Alberto Rodriguez, Miguel Trauco, Christian Cueva, Paolo Guerrero, Christian Ramos, Louis Advincula, Andre Carrillo, Yoshimar Yotun, Edison Flores, Pedro Aquino.

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