Paolo Guerrero started for Peru after coming off the bench in the opening loss to Denmark.
Peru has yet to win a point but has won numerous hearts in Russian Federation, thanks to their industrious style of play and the passion of their supporters, a remarkable 15,000 of whom made the journey to roar on their team in Yekaterinburg.
Spotting goalkeeper Hugo Lloris off his line, Yoshimar Yotun tried an audacious shot from just inside the French half that went just over the bar as Peru unsettled its opponents in the early stages. "He wasn't at this best during the match, he had heavy legs", said the coach.
Asked if Peru, contesting their first World Cup since 1982, could rival the French in any department, Gareca was unusually honest.
Once again, France struggled to find their rhythm, with the trio of Giroud, Antoine Griezmann and Mbappe playing brilliantly together but too often in isolation of the rest of the side.
Salah returns but Egypt lose 3-1
Sbornaya took the lead two minutes into the second half when the Egyptians were punished for some horrendous defending. Although he scored from the penalty spot, Egypt were beaten 3-1 to leave them on the brink of elimination.
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87' Guerrero takes the free kick from outside the 18 yard box, but it's nowhere near high enough - over the wall and straight into the arms of Lloris.
Pogba slid Giroud into the area and when the striker's shot looped over Gallese via a deflection off Christian Ramos, Mbappe could not miss from inside the six-yard box.
- Les Bleus have qualified for the knockout stages of the World Cup for the sixth time in their last eight appearances - only failing to do so in 2002 and 2010.