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Paul Pogba follows inch-perfect assist with stunning free-kick for France

30 March 2018

Pogba curled a free kick over the wall and into the bottom-left corner for France's second in the 49th.

Les Bleus will prove a stern test, though, having lost just once in their eight worldwide outings, although that defeat came last time out against Colombia as they went down 3-2 on.

Pogba came to the fore again after the break, drawing a foul from Aleksandr Erokhin and duly curling home an eye-catching, long-range strike from the set-piece to double his team's advantage.

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.

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Pogba's second spell at Manchester United hasn't gone as well as he or the club had hoped.

If the 19-year-old can carry on that sort of display and match up to Zidane's performances, France will be one of the favourites for the World Cup.

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

Half-time substitute Igor Smolnikov picked out Smolov with a superb diagonal pass and the latter kept his composure to finish at the far post.

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Russian Federation halved the deficit against the run of play through Fedor Smolov (68), but Mbappe grabbed his second with seven minutes remaining, striking through the legs of Russian Federation goalkeeper Andrey Lunev.

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

Russia's home opener at the World Cup will be against Saudi Arabia, taking place on the 14th of June.

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Paul Pogba follows inch-perfect assist with stunning free-kick for France