Friday, 20th June
Switzerland vs France in Salvador.
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 winner of this game will qualify for the Second Round if the
Honduras vs Ecuador match ends in a draw.
Steve von Bergen had to be replaced by Philippe Senderos, in
the eighth minute, after taking a boot to the face from Olivier Giroud.
Olivier Giroud was soon in the news again, eight minutes later; this time rising above the
Swiss defence, to head France into the lead.
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.
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
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.
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
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).
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.
Final Score: Switzerland 2 - France 5
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)
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.
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.
Referee: Bjorn Kuipers - Netherlands
1 yellow card:
87 mins - Yohan Cabaye (France)
Honduras vs Ecuador
2014 World Cup Finals - Knockout Stage.
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