Thursday
July 31, 2014
Friday, June 20, 2014

Free-flowing France crush weak Swiss 5-2

Karim Benzema celebrates after scoring during a match between Switzerland and France at the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador.

Free-flowing France blew away Switzerland with a three-goal first-half barrage en route to a thumping 5-2 World Cup Group E win that virtually assures them of qualification for the second round.

France blasted two goals within 66 seconds as Olivier Giroud headed them into the lead after 17 minutes and Blaise Matuidi added a second almost straight from the restart, while Mathieu Valbuena got a breakaway third late in the half after Swiss keeper Diego Benaglio had earlier saved a Karim Benzema penalty.

Benzema added the fourth and his third of the tournament in the 67th minute and Moussa Sissoko came off the bench to complete the rout six minutes later before Blerim Dzemaili's free kick and a smart volley by Granit Xhaka made things look better for the Swiss.

France have six points and a goal difference of plus-six and look well-placed to advance after going out in the group stage four years ago when they finished bottom.

Switzerland, who had lost only once in the last two years and are sixth in FIFA's world rankings, have three points, while Ecuador and Honduras are yet to get off the mark.

  • CommentComment
  • Increase font size Decrease font sizeSize
  • Email article
    email
  • Print
    Print
  • Share
    1. Vote
    2. Not interesting Little interesting Interesting Very interesting Indispensable
Tags:  France  Switzerland  Group E  World Cup  





  • Comment
  • Increase font size Decrease font size
  • mail
  • Print

COMMENTS >

Comment






Grupo ámbito ámbito financiero ambito.com Docsalud AlRugby.com Premium El Ciudadano El Tribuno Management

Director: Orlando Mario Vignatti - Edition No. 4206 - This publication is a property of NEFIR S.A. -RNPI Nº 5177376 - Issn 1852 - 9224 - Te. 4349-1500 - San Juan 141 , (C1063ACY) CABA