France all but secured a place in the last 16 as three first-half goals helped them to an easy Group E win over Switzerland in Salvador.

Olivier Giroud broke the deadlock with a stunning header before Blaise Matuidi blasted the second 66 seconds later.

World Cup 2014: Giroud & Matuidi both score in 66 seconds for France

World Cup 2014: Giroud & Matuidi both score in 66 seconds for France

Karim Benzema had a penalty saved but Mathieu Valbuena added a third for the 1998 World Cup winners.

Goals by Benzema and Moussa Sissoko made it 5-0 before Blerim Dzemaili and Granit Xhaka reduced the arrears.

France's dominance at Arena Fonte Nova was every bit as emphatic as the scoreline suggests.

Les Bleus, seeking to reach a third final in five World Cups, now have six points, with a match against Ecuador on 25 June to come.

Having self-destructed in South Africa four years ago, the French have scored eight goals in their first two games in Brazil.

France forward Karim Benzema

France forward Karim Benzema has played a hand in five of his country's eight goals at the 2014 World Cup

The Swiss were not helped by the ninth-minute loss of defender Steve Von Bergen to injury, but Ottmar Hitzfeld's men, who had beaten Ecuador 2-1 in their first game, were no match for France.

Giroud's goal, the 100th France have scored in World Cup finals, set his team on their way, the Arsenal forward leaping high above the Swiss defence to direct an unstoppable header into the net.

They doubled that lead 66 seconds later when Matuidi fired home after Velon Behrami conceded possession carelessly soon after the restart.

The goal capital of Brazil

This was the third 2014 World Cup group game staged in Salvador, and already the Arena Fonte Nova has seen 17 goals. It was the scene of Spain's 5-1 humiliation by Netherlands on 13 June, while Germany beat Portugal 4-0 at the same ground three days later.

It looked all over when referee Bjorn Kuipers pointed to the spot after Benzema was brought down by Johan Djourou, but goalkeeper Diego Benaglio kept out the penalty and Yohan Cabaye smashed the rebound against the woodwork.

Switzerland's reprieve was brief, though, with Valbuena converting Giroud's cross to make it 3-0 five minutes before the interval.

Benzema did manage to score his third of the tournament with a clinical finish after good work by substitute Paul Pogba midway through the second half.

Sissoko then made it 5-0 in the 73rd minute after more shambolic defending, before the Swiss scored two late consolation goals.

First Dzemaili beat Hugo Lloris from 40 yards with a low free-kick, before Xhaka beat the French offside trap before finding the net.

Switzerland manager Ottmar Hitzfeld:

"It was truly a very bleak day for us. There will be a lot of criticism, quite appropriately, but the team will come together.

"France are one of the teams that certainly can go very far in this tournament. They were much superior to England or Italy."

France manager Didier Deschamps:

"I don't want to put a brake on the enthusiasm. It's a huge satisfaction within the team, but we're not going to get carried away. We shouldn't think we're prettier than we are.

"Karim Benzema is confirming that he's in very, very good form. His happiness is a joy to behold, he's one of the best players in the world and having such an efficient player is very important in a competition like this.''

France forward Olivier Giroud

Olivier Giroud's opening goal was France's 100th at World Cup finals.

Blaise Matuidi celebrates scoring for France against Switzerland

There were just 66 seconds between Olivier Giroud's goal and that scored by Blaise Matuidi (pictured)

Switzerland's Blerim Dzemaili

Switzerland's Blerim Dzemaili is the first player to score a goal from a direct free-kick at the 2014 World Cup

Switzerland defender Philippe Senderos

Switzerland conceded more goals in the opening half against France than they did in their previous eight World Cup matches

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Switzerland

  • 01 Benaglio
  • 02 Lichtsteiner
  • 13 Rodriguez
  • 08 Inler
  • 20 Djourou
  • 05 Von Bergen (Senderos - 9' )
  • 23 Shaqiri
  • 11 Behrami (Dzemaili - 45' )
  • 09 Seferovic (Drmic - 69' )
  • 10 Xhaka
  • 18 Mehmedi

Substitutes

  • 03 Ziegler
  • 04 Senderos
  • 06 Lang
  • 07 Barnetta
  • 12 Sommer
  • 14 Stocker
  • 15 Dzemaili
  • 16 Fernandes
  • 17 Gavranovic
  • 19 Drmic
  • 21 Bürki
  • 22 Schär

France

  • 01 Lloris
  • 02 Debuchy
  • 03 Evra
  • 06 Cabaye Booked
  • 04 Varane
  • 05 Sakho (Koscielny - 66' )
  • 18 Sissoko
  • 14 Matuidi
  • 09 Giroud (Pogba - 63' )
  • 08 Valbuena (Griezmann - 82' )
  • 10 Benzema

Substitutes

  • 07 Cabella
  • 11 Griezmann
  • 12 Mavuba
  • 13 Mangala
  • 15 Sagna
  • 16 Ruffier
  • 17 Digne
  • 19 Pogba
  • 20 Remy
  • 21 Koscielny
  • 22 Schneiderlin
  • 23 Landreau
Ref: Björn Kuipers
Att: 51,003

Match Stats

Shots

17 22

On target

4 12

Corners

5 3

Fouls

12 15

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Switzerland 2, France 5.

90:00 +3:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Switzerland 2, France 5.

87:59 Booking

Booking Yohan Cabaye (France) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

87:57

Blerim Dzemaili (Switzerland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

87:57

Foul by Yohan Cabaye (France).

86:38 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Switzerland 2, France 5. Granit Xhaka (Switzerland) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Gökhan Inler.

85:57

Admir Mehmedi (Switzerland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

85:57

Foul by Paul Pogba (France).

85:42

Attempt saved. Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Blerim Dzemaili.

84:11

Corner, Switzerland. Conceded by Laurent Koscielny.

83:49

Offside, France. Moussa Sissoko tries a through ball, but Mathieu Debuchy is caught offside.

83:25

Foul by Blerim Dzemaili (Switzerland).

83:25

Yohan Cabaye (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:34

Foul by Blerim Dzemaili (Switzerland).

82:34

Antoine Griezmann (France) wins a free kick on the left wing.

81:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, France. Antoine Griezmann replaces Mathieu Valbuena.

80:33 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Switzerland 1, France 5. Blerim Dzemaili (Switzerland) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

79:38

Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

79:38

Foul by Laurent Koscielny (France).

78:49

Admir Mehmedi (Switzerland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

78:49

Foul by Mathieu Debuchy (France).

76:35

Corner, Switzerland. Conceded by Blaise Matuidi.

76:32

Attempt blocked. Gökhan Inler (Switzerland) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Granit Xhaka.

75:59

Attempt saved. Karim Benzema (France) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

75:57

Attempt saved. Blaise Matuidi (France) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Karim Benzema.

75:43

Attempt saved. Mathieu Valbuena (France) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko.

75:10

Foul by Blerim Dzemaili (Switzerland).

75:10

Blaise Matuidi (France) wins a free kick on the left wing.

72:01 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Switzerland 0, France 5. Moussa Sissoko (France) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Karim Benzema.

71:07

Attempt missed. Patrice Evra (France) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Yohan Cabaye.

70:17

Attempt missed. Granit Xhaka (Switzerland) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ricardo Rodriguez with a cross following a corner.

69:51

Corner, Switzerland. Conceded by Raphael Varane.

69:18

Stephan Lichtsteiner (Switzerland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

69:18

Foul by Mathieu Valbuena (France).

68:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Switzerland. Josip Drmic replaces Haris Seferovic.

66:31 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Switzerland 0, France 4. Karim Benzema (France) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Paul Pogba with a through ball.

66:00

Foul by Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland).

66:00

Paul Pogba (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:43

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

65:42 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, France. Laurent Koscielny replaces Mamadou Sakho because of an injury.

64:32

Delay in match Mamadou Sakho (France) because of an injury.

63:56

Attempt missed. Admir Mehmedi (Switzerland) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Stephan Lichtsteiner with a cross.

62:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, France. Paul Pogba replaces Olivier Giroud.

61:54

Attempt blocked. Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Gökhan Inler.

60:19

Foul by Ricardo Rodriguez (Switzerland).

60:19

Karim Benzema (France) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

59:26

Corner, France. Conceded by Johan Djourou.

59:24

Attempt blocked. Karim Benzema (France) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mathieu Valbuena.

58:16

Gökhan Inler (Switzerland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

58:16

Foul by Olivier Giroud (France).

57:02

Attempt missed. Blerim Dzemaili (Switzerland) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Granit Xhaka.

54:46

Attempt missed. Olivier Giroud (France) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Karim Benzema.

53:54

Attempt missed. Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Blerim Dzemaili.

53:08

Gökhan Inler (Switzerland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

53:08

Foul by Mathieu Valbuena (France).

52:23

Attempt missed. Granit Xhaka (Switzerland) header from the left side of the six yard box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Xherdan Shaqiri with a cross following a corner.

52:02

Corner, Switzerland. Conceded by Blaise Matuidi.

51:16

Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

51:16

Foul by Moussa Sissoko (France).

50:11

Attempt missed. Haris Seferovic (Switzerland) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Xherdan Shaqiri.

49:09

Gökhan Inler (Switzerland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:09

Foul by Olivier Giroud (France).

48:50

Attempt blocked. Karim Benzema (France) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mathieu Valbuena.

48:22

Foul by Haris Seferovic (Switzerland).

48:22

Blaise Matuidi (France) wins a free kick on the left wing.

47:26

Corner, France. Conceded by Philippe Senderos.

47:25

Attempt blocked. Olivier Giroud (France) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Karim Benzema.

45:25

Attempt missed. Haris Seferovic (Switzerland) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Blerim Dzemaili.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Switzerland. Blerim Dzemaili replaces Valon Behrami.

45:00

Second Half begins Switzerland 0, France 3.

45:00 +2:02 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Switzerland 0, France 3.

45:00 +1:41

Attempt saved. Karim Benzema (France) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

45:00 +0:39

Attempt blocked. Granit Xhaka (Switzerland) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Gökhan Inler.

42:10

Attempt saved. Mathieu Valbuena (France) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Karim Benzema.

39:50 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Switzerland 0, France 3. Mathieu Valbuena (France) right footed shot from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Olivier Giroud following a fast break.

39:05

Corner, Switzerland. Conceded by Mathieu Debuchy.

33:16

Foul by Mathieu Debuchy (France).

33:16

Ricardo Rodriguez (Switzerland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:02

Attempt missed. Blaise Matuidi (France) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

31:59

Yohan Cabaye (France) hits the bar with a right footed shot from very close range.

31:56

Penalty saved! Karim Benzema (France) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

30:44

Penalty France. Karim Benzema draws a foul in the penalty area.

30:44

Penalty conceded by Johan Djourou (Switzerland) after a foul in the penalty area.

29:06

Attempt missed. Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

29:03

Attempt saved. Admir Mehmedi (Switzerland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ricardo Rodriguez.

28:25

Attempt missed. Olivier Giroud (France) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Raphael Varane following a set piece situation.

27:44

Yohan Cabaye (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:44

Foul by Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland).

26:42

Offside, Switzerland. Gökhan Inler tries a through ball, but Granit Xhaka is caught offside.

26:42

Attempt missed. Gökhan Inler (Switzerland) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.

25:39

Foul by Blaise Matuidi (France).

25:39

Stephan Lichtsteiner (Switzerland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

24:53

Attempt saved. Karim Benzema (France) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Blaise Matuidi.

23:37

Foul by Moussa Sissoko (France).

23:37

Gökhan Inler (Switzerland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:03

Foul by Yohan Cabaye (France).

22:03

Granit Xhaka (Switzerland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

21:16

Olivier Giroud (France) wins a free kick on the left wing.

21:16

Foul by Stephan Lichtsteiner (Switzerland).

19:44

Offside, France. Mathieu Valbuena tries a through ball, but Karim Benzema is caught offside.

19:15

Karim Benzema (France) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

19:15

Foul by Gökhan Inler (Switzerland).

17:11 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Switzerland 0, France 2. Blaise Matuidi (France) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Karim Benzema with a through ball.

16:05 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Switzerland 0, France 1. Olivier Giroud (France) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Mathieu Valbuena with a cross following a corner.

15:39

Corner, France. Conceded by Johan Djourou.

12:29

Attempt missed. Yohan Cabaye (France) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

11:31

Yohan Cabaye (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:31

Foul by Granit Xhaka (Switzerland).

8:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Switzerland. Philippe Senderos replaces Steve Von Bergen because of an injury.

8:33

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

6:40

Delay in match Steve Von Bergen (Switzerland) because of an injury.

6:09

Foul by Olivier Giroud (France).

6:09

Steve Von Bergen (Switzerland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:11

Attempt missed. Karim Benzema (France) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Blaise Matuidi.

3:05

Foul by Johan Djourou (Switzerland).

3:05

Olivier Giroud (France) wins a free kick on the left wing.

2:39

Admir Mehmedi (Switzerland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

2:39

Foul by Mathieu Debuchy (France).

0:17

Attempt blocked. Ricardo Rodriguez (Switzerland) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Xherdan Shaqiri.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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