Paul Pogba Amongst France Players Alleged To Receive Racist Abuse In Russia

Mbappe stars in France's 3-1 victory over World Cup hosts Russia

Mbappe stars in France's 3-1 victory over World Cup hosts 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.

He set up France's first goal with a delicious pass through to Mbappe who took on two defenders to score and then hailed Pogba's defence-splitting assist afterwards.

Russian Federation would have something to say about the affair, when Fyodor Smolov capped off a well-worked counterattacking move to make the score 2-1.

The visitors came close through Mbappe 10 minutes later, but the Paris Saint-Germain forward was denied by home goalkeeper Andrei Lunev.

The abhorrent racist abuse was so loud it could be heard on a TV broadcast - most notably after Pogba scored France's second in the 3-1 win.

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Following this, Pogba doubled France's lead early in the second half, courtesy of a brilliant free-kick.

Struggling to find his best form at Old Trafford this season, Man Utd midfielder Paul Pogba produced a fine performance for France in Russian Federation on Tuesday night. "It has been a while since he played a full game".

Despite Mourinho reportedly feeling that Pogba has lost some of his focus on football this season, he apparently believes in the player's talents and is determined to help him improve.

"It was heated between us a couple of times, but Jose will never attack people he doesn't like,"Drogba told Telefoot".

Russia, who were humbled 3-0 by Brazil on Friday, did little to show they could go past the group phase at the World Cup after failing to make the knockouts in their last three appearances at major championships.

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