Egypt WC opponents: Russian Federation fall to France by score of 3-1

by Garry Watts March 29, 2018, 1:15
Egypt WC opponents: Russian Federation fall to France by score of 3-1

Russian Federation started well and France took time to get into gear following a disappointing 3-2 defeat by Colombia on Friday, but Mbappe got them going before half-time after Pogba's superb through ball.

Pogba was fouled by Aleksandr Erokhin 25 yards out and the Manchester United star brilliantly curled home the subsequent free-kick into the bottom corner. Fyodor Smolov had reduced the mark for the Russians in the 68 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.

Mbappe sealed the win seven minutes from fulltime with his second goal of the night.

France's lead was doubled just four minutes after restart.

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According to French media, Manchester United's Paul Pogba and Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembélé were targeted by some fans in Saint Petersburg's Krestovski stadium with chants of "monkey, monkey" during the game. "It has been a while since he played a full game".

"All of them did their utmost today but none of them managed to avoid making mistakes", Cherchesov admitted.

"After the match with Argentina we were criticised for a lack of attacking".

However, Mourinho apparently believes that Pogba "possesses the technical and physical qualities to establish himself as one of the world's best footballers" but has lost his focus on developing as a player. He's still got plenty of time to find his way in England, but sometimes, no matter what, a certain player just isn't a good fit at a club (see Barcelona and Zlatan Ibrahimovic).

2018 World Cup hosts Russia, who will be in Group A alongside Egypt, fell by a score of 3-1 to the French National Team in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

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