Pogba, Mbappe On Target As France Punish Russia 3-1 At Home

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Both players were reportedly the target of monkey chants from a section of the crowd as France beat this year's World Cup hosts 3-1 in St. Petersburg.

France's forward Kylian Mbappe (L) celebrates with France's midfielder Paul Pogba after scoring the opening goal during an worldwide friendly football match between Russian Federation and France at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on March 27, 2018.

Fedor Smolov pulled one back from close range before Mbappe added a late third through keeper Andrey Lunyov's legs.

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It was the ideal response to the defeat to Colombia last week as Didier Deschamps's side continue their preparations for the World Cup.

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

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The matches of the 2018 World Cup will be held between June 14 and July 15 at 12 stadiums located in the 11 mentioned above cities across Russian Federation.

Last week UEFA opened disciplinary proceedings against Zenit - whose Krestovsky Stadium hosted the France friendly - after racist chants were allegedly heard during a Europa League game against RB Leipzig.

Ukraine took a 21st-minute lead when Yaroslav Rakitskiy's long-range shot took a deflection but Japan were level at halftime after a glancing header by Tomoaki Makino from a 41st- minute free kick.

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Mbappe became the youngest player to score a brace for France in the post-war period and limped off in the final minutes, but the Paris Saint-Germain forward did not appear to be in any discomfort during his post-match interview, and also sought to play down his entry in the record books.

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