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World Cup 2014: Switzerland 2-5 France

By Neil JohnstonBBC Sport
Highlights: Switzerland 2-5 France

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

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.

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

Line-ups

Switzerland

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Benaglio
  • 2Lichtsteiner
  • 13Rodriguez
  • 8Inler
  • 20Djourou
  • 5Von BergenSubstituted forSenderosat 9'minutes
  • 23Shaqiri
  • 11BehramiSubstituted forDzemailiat 45'minutes
  • 9SeferovicSubstituted forDrmicat 69'minutes
  • 10Xhaka
  • 18Mehmedi

Substitutes

  • 3Ziegler
  • 4Senderos
  • 6Lang
  • 7Barnetta
  • 12Sommer
  • 14Stocker
  • 15Dzemaili
  • 16Fernandes
  • 17Gavranovic
  • 19Drmic
  • 21Bürki
  • 22Schär

France

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Lloris
  • 2Debuchy
  • 3Evra
  • 6CabayeBooked at 88mins
  • 4Varane
  • 5SakhoSubstituted forKoscielnyat 66'minutes
  • 18Sissoko
  • 14Matuidi
  • 9GiroudSubstituted forPogbaat 63'minutes
  • 8ValbuenaSubstituted forGriezmannat 82'minutes
  • 10Benzema

Substitutes

  • 7Cabella
  • 11Griezmann
  • 12Mavuba
  • 13Mangala
  • 15Sagna
  • 16Ruffier
  • 17Digne
  • 19Pogba
  • 20Remy
  • 21Koscielny
  • 22Schneiderlin
  • 23Landreau
Referee:
Björn Kuipers
Attendance:
51,003

Match Stats

Home TeamSwitzerlandAway TeamFrance
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home17
Away22
Shots on Target
Home4
Away12
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Switzerland 2, France 5.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Switzerland 2, France 5.

  3. Booking

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

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Yohan Cabaye (France).

  6. 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.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Paul Pogba (France).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Corner, Switzerland. Conceded by Laurent Koscielny.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Blerim Dzemaili (Switzerland).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Blerim Dzemaili (Switzerland).

  15. Post update

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

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, France. Antoine Griezmann replaces Mathieu Valbuena.

  17. Goal!

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

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Laurent Koscielny (France).

  20. Post update

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

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brazil21103124
2Mexico21101014
3Croatia21015323
4Cameroon200205-50

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Netherlands22008356
2Chile22005146
3Australia200236-30
4Spain200217-60

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Colombia22005146
2Ivory Coast21013303
3Japan201112-11
4Greece201103-31

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Costa Rica22004136
2Italy21012203
3Uruguay210134-13
4England200224-20

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France22008266
2Switzerland210146-23
3Ecuador100112-10
4Honduras100103-30

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Argentina11002113
2Iran10100001
3Nigeria10100001
4Bos-Herze100112-10

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany11004043
2USA11002113
3Ghana100112-10
4Portugal100104-40

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium11002113
2Russia10101101
3South Korea10101101
4Algeria100112-10
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