Russia: France cruise to victory as Mbappe and Pogba sink Russia

France recorded a 3-1 win over Russia in St. Petersburg on Tuesday as the pair gear up for the World Cup. Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe and Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba struck either side of halftime before Russia responded through Krasnador forward Fyodor Smolov. Mbappe found the net once more in the closing minutes to seal a satisfying victory for the French. It... Еще comes as another setback for the World Cup hosts who slumped to a 3-0 loss to Brazil earlier in the week, leaving them winless in seven matches. The Russian manager Stanislav Cherchesov said his team were trying to find the balance between attacking teams and containing them defensively, but said opponents of Brazil and France's quality would always pose a threat. Meanwhile, the French coach Didier Deschamps offered his condolences to the victims of the Kemerovo shopping centre fire which killed at least 64 people. «What has recently happened in Russia, we are wholeheartedly with the families that have been affected. Evidently, all of those who passed away were very young,» he said.

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