Pogba delivers as France beat World Cup hosts Russian Federation

Pogba delivers as France beat World Cup hosts Russian Federation

Pogba delivers as France beat World Cup hosts Russian Federation

Russian Federation itself doesn't exactly have a record of inclusivity and there's plenty of examples why people of differing colours, creeds and sexuality could feel uncomfortable about a trip to the World Cup this summer.

Pogba made the first of Kylian Mbappe's two goals and added a 30-yard free-kick himself.

Pogba hadn't grabbed a goal and an assist in a game for United since November 18 of previous year - the last time he actually scored a goal.

The now-manager scored a brilliant goal against Spain during the second round game, one which France ended up winning 3-1 en route to the final.

With the likes of Olivier GIroud and Thomas Lemar also emerging from the bench, it hammers home once again the strength in depth available to manager Didier Deschamps ahead of this summer's World Cup.

Pogba celebrates after scoring the team's second goal.

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

After Smolov pulled a goal back, Mbappe restored France's two-goal cushion with seven minutes left, skipping past Roman Neustadter and firing in a shot which slipped through the grasp, and the legs, of Lunev.

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

At the age of 19, Mbappe became the youngest player to score a brace for the France national team. "Luckily, we will not play against Brazil or France in our World Cup group".

With two and a half months until Russian Federation opens the World Cup against Saudi Arabia in Moscow, the team has not won any of its last five games.

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