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Group Match - Avalanche of Goals

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Travel to Switzerland Switzerland vs Travel to France France in Salvador.

Match Preview

Switzerland and France drew with each other in Stuttgart, during the Germany 2006 group stage (0:0); after having drawn twice in qualifying for the finals.

The two teams also met in the Portugal 2004 European Championship; France winning their group stage game (3:1) in Coimbra.

The Match

The winner of this game will qualify for the Second Round if the Honduras vs Ecuador match ends in a draw.

change.gif (94 bytes) Steve von Bergen had to be replaced by Philippe Senderos, in the eighth minute, after taking a boot to the face from Olivier Giroud.

Goalscorers 0:1
Olivier Giroud was soon in the news again, eight minutes later; this time rising above the Swiss defence, to head France into the lead.

Goalscorers 0:2
Switzerland were stunned within thirteen seconds when Benaglio had to enter the back of his net again, to pick out the ball that Blaise Matuidi had just drilled past him.

The defensive reputation of Switzerland had evaporated but Diego Benaglio managed to restore his own, by saving a penalty from Karim Benzema. Yohan Cabaye's follow-up hit the post.

Goalscorers 0:3
Five minutes before half-time, Olivier Giroud and Mathieu Valbuena sprinted out of their own half to take the Swiss totally by surprise again. Giroud on the left passed across the goal for Valbuena to finish.

Half-time: Switzerland 0 - France 3

Goalscorers 0:4
Substitute Paul Pogba chipped the ball beyond Philippe Senderos for Karim Benzema to slip in around the back and register the fourth goal for France.

Goalscorers 0:5
Moussa Sissoko made it five after calmly slotting the ball, beautifully provided by Karim Benzema, past Diego Benaglio from the right side of the box.

And still the French looked ready to pounce on every mistake made by Switzerland in the attacking midfield areas. Perhaps that's what cost them the clean sheet.

Goalscorers 1:5
Sloppy defending in the French wall, allowed Blerim Dzemaili to shoot through their legs and give Hugo Lloris little chance of getting over to his blind side.

Arena Fonte Nova is the same stadium where Holland beat Spain (5:1).

Goalscorers 2:5
But Switzerland made the scoreline look a little more respectable in the final minutes; Granit Xhaka getting behind the French for an excellent finish.

Karim Benzema was denied a sensational finish to a great game as the whistle was blown before he scored.

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Final Score: Switzerland 2 - France 5
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Goalscorers:
0:1 - Olivier Giroud (17 mins)
0:2 - Blaise Matuidi (18 mins)
0:3 - Mathieu Valbuena (40 mins)
0:4 - Karim Benzema (67 mins)
0:5 - Moussa Sissoko (73 mins)
1:5 - Blerim Dzemaili (81 mins)
2:5 - Granit Xhaka (87 mins)

Teams

Travel to Switzerland Switzerland:
1-Diego Benaglio; 2-Stephan Lichtsteiner, 20-Johan Djourou, 5-Steve von Bergen, 13-Ricardo Rodriguez; 11-Valon Behrami, 8-Gokhan Inler, 23-Xherdan Shaqiri, 10-Granit Xhaka; 18-Admir Mehmedi, 9-Haris Seferovic.

Travel to France France:
1-Hugo Lloris; 2-Mathieu Debuchy, 4-Raphael Varane, 5-Mamadou Sakho, 3-Patrice Evra; 18-Moussa Sissoko, 6-Yohan Cabaye, 14-Blaise Matuidi; 8-Mathieu Valbuena, 9-Olivier Giroud, 10-Karim Benzema.

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Yellow Cards 1 yellow card:
87 mins - Yohan Cabaye (France)

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First Round

Thursday, 12th June
Brazil vs Croatia

Friday, 13th June
Chile vs Australia
Mexico vs Cameroon
Spain vs Netherlands

Saturday, 14th June
Colombia vs Greece
Côte d'Ivoire vs Japan
England vs Italy
Uruguay vs Costa Rica

Sunday, 15th June
Argentina vs Bosnia
France vs Honduras
Switzerland vs Ecuador

Monday, 16th June
Germany vs Portugal
Ghana vs USA
Iran vs Nigeria

Tuesday, 17th June
Belgium vs Algeria
Brazil vs Mexico
Russia vs South Korea

Wednesday, 18th June
Australia vs Netherlands
Cameroon vs Croatia
Spain vs Chile

Thursday, 19th June
Colombia vs Côte d'Ivoire
Japan vs Greece
Uruguay vs England

Friday, 20th June
Honduras vs Ecuador
Italy vs Costa Rica
Switzerland vs France

Saturday, 21st June
Argentina vs Iran
Germany vs Ghana
Nigeria vs Bosnia

Sunday, 22nd June
Belgium vs Russia
South Korea vs Algeria
USA vs Portugal

Monday, 23rd June
Australia vs Spain
Cameroon vs Brazil
Croatia vs Mexico
Netherlands vs Chile

Tuesday, 24th June
Costa Rica vs England
Greece vs Côte d'Ivoire
Italy vs Uruguay
Japan vs Colombia

Wednesday, 25th June
Bosnia vs Iran
Ecuador vs France
Honduras vs Switzerland
Nigeria vs Argentina

Thursday, 26th June
Algeria vs Russia
Portugal vs Ghana
South Korea vs Belgium
USA vs Germany

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