Peru's World Cup campaign started with defeat against Denmark after the South American side has missed a penalty. Visit "My Teams" in your Settings and select your favorite team to set up scores and news alerts.
Peru, who lost to Denmark on Saturday, face being eliminated if they lose to France but forward Raul Ruidiaz is aware of what the World Cup means to his countrymen.
It took an 80th minute own-goal for France to secure all three points in their opening match against Australia, as Les Bleus struggled to click in Kazan. Yet the scoreline obscured the frustration of the match: Australia tied up the game off a penalty kick in the 62nd minute and nearly forced a draw.
There are changes expected in both squads for this one, with some changes in the middle likely coming for France as it aims to find some more creativity in the final third. Deschamps did not rule out starting with Olivier Giroud, even if his comments on the striker were ambivalent.
Peru captain Paolo Guerrero - who had initially been banned from the World Cup for a doping violation - was a substitute against Denmark, but could start in Yekaterinburg.
Questions were raised after the victory and France centre-back Varane knows Didier Deschamps' men will have to be at their best against Peru in Ekaterinburg on Thursday.
"I do not know if we will be on the same level anywhere, to be honest", he said.
"We can beat any team, we have the tools to win and we know how to handle ourselves in this type of extreme situation". "There are no favourites in this World Cup, it's been shown". The South American side won 1-0 at the Parc des Princes.
Having become France's youngest ever player in a major tournament in their opening match, Kylian Mbappé is also looking to become their youngest ever goalscorer in a World Cup or European Championships, with David Trezeguet vs Saudi Arabia in 1998 now holding the record (20y 246d).
France and Peru's only previous encounter was a friendly in April 1982.