Paul Pogba Scores Brilliant Free Kick As France East Past Russia

29 March, 2018, 02:30 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • Manchester United's Paul Pogba warms up ahead of the match

The Manchester United midfielder scored and assisted as Les Bleus ran out 3-1 winners over World Cup hosts Russian Federation in an worldwide friendly.

PSG forward Mbappe opened the scoring with a fine touch and finish inside the box (40) before Man Utd midfielder Pogba curled home a superb free-kick from 30 yards just after half-time (49).

Fedor Smolov would pull one back for the hosts with over 20 minutes to go but the hosts were unable to get what would have been a morale-boosting draw for Mbappe scored his second and France's third in the 83rd minute to finally put the result of the game beyond doubt.

Pogba and Dembele are yet to comment on any racist chanting in the 3-1 win for Didier Deschamps' side but Federation Internationale de Football Association confirmed it is gathering evidence. And I will do as I always do and talk to that player to understand better, because I don't have all the information'.

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Les Blues made an indifferent start following a minute's silence in memory of those killed in Sunday's Kemerovo shopping mall fire and could have found themselves behind in the 15th minute.

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Second-half substitute Igor Smolnikov delivered a flawless cross for Smolov, who halved the deficit with a clinical half volley in the 68th minute.

"He was also playing a "comeback" match because it's been a while since he played a full game".

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

"We tried to play an offensive style of football in the second half of the match with Brazil and conceded three goals".

France has remaining friendlies against the Republic of Ireland, Italy and the United States before opening World Cup play against Australia on June 16.

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