Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe were the standout players as France eased to a 3-1 victory over Russia on Tuesday.
Les Bleus came in for some sharp criticism at the weekend after surrendering a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 against Colombia, so knew a strong response was needed in order to keep the wolves from the door.
With Antoine Greizmann left on the bench, the attacking threat was placed on the shoulders of Mbappe, Anthony Martial and Ousmane Dembele, and it was to be the Paris Saint-Germain forward that put the visitors ahead, picking up a Pogba through ball before turning the Russian defence inside out and slotting Andrey Lunev.
France’s lead was doubled just four minutes after restart. Pogba lined the ball up for a free kick fully 30 yards from goal, before firing an inch-perfect dead ball past the keeper. The midfielder lifted his shirt in celebration, revealing an emotional tribute to his late father.
Mbappe put the icing on the cake with seven minutes remaining, making sure of the victory by bamboozling the Russian backline once again, after some fine work from substitute Blaise Matuidi on the edge of the area.
With the likes of Olivier GIroud and Thomas Lemar also emerging from the bench, it hammers home once again the strength in depth available to manager Didier Deschamps ahead of this summer’s World Cup.