Paul Pogba rediscovers golden touch as France beat Russian Federation

Man Utd star Paul Pogba impressed for France last night against Russia

Didier Deschamps made seven changes to France's starting line-up from the game against Colombia, thereby exhibiting the enviable bench strength at his disposal.

Four days after losing to Colombia at home, Les Bleus bounced back with Pogba netting the second after the break having set up Kylian Mbappe for the first of his two goals just before the interval.

Russian Federation hit back in the 68th when Fyodor Smolov tapped home a deep cross from substitute right-back Igor Smolnikov - a rare moment of class from Russian Federation - but Mbappe scored again 15 minutes later to illustrate the gulf between the teams.

Watch Pogba's free-kick in the video below.

Mbappe put France into a 40th-minute lead when he latched on to Pogba's through ball, cut inside and lashed in a low shot.




France's midfielder Paul Pogba (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring the team's second goal during an global friendly football match between Russian Federation and France at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on March 27, 2018.

"All of them did their utmost today but none of them managed to avoid making mistakes", Cherchesov admitted.

The team has loads of talent, but Pogba has had trouble fitting into Jose Mourinho's system and the pace of English football compared to that of Italy, where he thrived at Juventus. Today we also tried to play attacking football from the very beginning. "We did not do everything well, but this is a time when players have a lot of matches and goals to achieve [for their clubs]".

2018 World Cup hosts Russia, who will be in Group A alongside Egypt, fell by a score of 3-1 to the French National Team in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

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