Lloris celebrates France milestone with clean sheet in win which secures last-16 spot
PUBLISHED: 18:30 21 June 2018
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The Spurs captain needed to be at his best to help Les Bleus defeat Peru and make it into the knock-out phase at the 2018 World Cup
Hugo Lloris was able to celebrate his 100th appearance for France in style by keeping a clean sheet which help his country qualify for the knock-out stage at the 2018 World Cup.
The Tottenham Hotspur skipper, who also captains Les Bleus, was not called into action too much against Peru, but when needed he delivered for his nation in their 1-0 win.
Lloris made an important stop to deny Paolo Guerrero in the first half and it proved even more crucial when Kylian Mbappe scored minutes later.
Mbappe’s goal would be the only effort of the match as France made it back-to-back wins and reached the last-16 stage of the competition.
Spurs’ captain was also called into action after the break, but not on too many occasions and could celebrate at the end of the contest knowing he had played his part in a vital victory for Didier Deschamps team.
Incidentally, he is now only three caps behind Deschamps tally of 103 caps and will be looking to go past it by the end of the tournament.
France top Group C heading into their third group game which will take place on Tuesday and see Lloris go up against a club team-mate.
Honours before Les Bleus booked their spot in the knock-out phase, Christian Eriksen and Denmark failed to do so.
A win would have sent the Europeans into the last-16 after they defeated Peru by a 1-0 score in their Group C opener.
It wasn’t to be though, as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Australia, who fought back from a goal down.
Tottenham’s very own star Eriksen had fired his country into the lead with a stunning effort in the first half.
But Denmark couldn’t build on the opener and conceded a penalty which Mile Jedinak put away to ensure the scores were back level and that’s how it ended up.
After two games, Eriksen’s nation remain in a strong position with four points, but they know they potentially need a point in their final group fixture with France to secure a place in the knock-out stage.
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