Kylian Mbappe scored a pair of goals, and Paul Pogba dazzled with one of his own in a rebound win for France.
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) – Kylian Mbappe scored twice as France beat World Cup host Russia in a friendly on Tuesday.
The French visitors dominated a Russian team weakened by injuries and Mbappe scored the opener in the 40th minute, leaving defender Roman Neustaedter stranded before shooting calmly past Andrei Lunyov in the Russian goal.
Pogba curled a free kick over the wall and into the bottom-left corner for France's second in the 49th.
Russia 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 Russia - but Mbappe scored again 15 minutes later to illustrate the gulf between the teams.
Again dribbling past the hapless Neustaedter, the Paris Saint-Germain forward knocked the ball through goalkeeper Lunyov's legs.
The French could have scored more, particularly Anthony Martial, who failed to convert good chances in the first half, while defender Vladimir Granat missed an open goal for Russia at a corner.
Playing in black armbands to mourn the 64 people killed in a fire Sunday in the Siberian city of Kemerovo, Russia continued to struggle ahead of the World Cup.
Since the start of 2016, the Russians have played 13 times against teams who will be at the World Cup this summer. They won just once, against South Korea, drew five games and lost seven.