France Vs Switzerland, Group E - Live Score

SATURDAY 21ST JUNE - 12:30AM (LOCAL) | ARENA FONTE NOVA, SALVADOR

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Switzerland France

Switzerland: The Swiss side known for their famous victory over Spain, the eventual winners of 2010 world cup in last edition will look forward to improving their recent records. The sixth ranked side led by Captain Gokhan Inler consists of a bunch of young players like 21 year-old play-maker Granit Xhaka and Xhardhan Shaqiri. Even though Ottmar Hitzfeld’s side lacks the experience, Switzerland can count on history as they have reached the quarter-finals thrice, the last in 1954 when they hosted the event.

France: Having managed to help the national side win the World Cup as a player (1998), Didier Deschamps will be hoping he can do the same as the manager for the side. With a relatively young side, France can make a difference in the World Cup this time, looking to improve on a terrible run in South Africa.

Head-to-Head

Total Matches Played: 36

Switzerland 12 Wins, France 15 Wins, 9 Draws

Commentary

(170 Mins)

Xhaka fires a first-time volley past Lloris.

(169 Mins)

The French team celebrate together.

(168 Mins)

Theres going to be three minutes added on here. A minute per goal for Switzerland anyone?

(167 Mins)

Switzerland are probing here. Someone should have told them to try some of this attacking stuff a bit earlier. Too little too late.

(166 Mins)

Cabaye is cautioned for a late tackle on Dzemaili. It is the midfielders second card of the tournament and he will now kiss the final group game against Ecuador.

(165 Mins)

France 5-2 Switzerland. Remember that comeback I mentioned? Well, its still not on. That is a cracking finish from Xhaka though who volleys first time past Lloris. The scoreline is a little less embarrassing for the Swiss now at least.

(165 Mins)

Moussa Sissoko celebrates his goal.

(164 Mins)

Shaqiri tests Lloris from distance but the Tottenham stopper parries the ball to safety.

(163 Mins)

It has been a bad day for the Swiss.

(162 Mins)

Lichtsteiner almost sneaks in behind the French defence but his cross is deflected behind for a corner which comes to nothing.

(162 Mins)

Valbuena leaves the pitch to applause. He has been excellent today and is replaced late on by Griezmann.

(161 Mins)

So is the comeback on? No. Sorry, no it isnt.

(158 Mins)

France 5-1 Switzerland. The Swiss have got a consolation goal here through Dzemaili. Its a great free-kick which flies past Lloris in the French goal. Questions will be asked of the wall however which parted rather too easily to allow the shot to nestle in the bottom corner.

(156 Mins)

Benaglio cant keep out Benzenmas shot.

(154 Mins)

Great goalkeeping from Benaglio. Valbuena is the first to get his shot away only to see it deflect off the legs of the Swiss keeper. The French launch another attack however and this time a double save from Benaglio denies Matuidi and Valbuena.

(153 Mins)

Benzema celebrates Frances fourth.

(152 Mins)

It has been a horror show for Switzerland who cant stop giving the ball away cheaply in midfield. On this occasion it was Inler who lost the ball and invited the French to attack and they did not need asking twice.

(151 Mins)

France 5-0 Switzerland. The Swiss are capitulating. Brilliant football by France as Benzema feeds the ball to Sissoko on the right who slots the ball calmly past Benaglio.

(149 Mins)

Another chance for France! This time it is the turn of Patrice Evra who finds himself in acres of space in the Swiss box but the left-back can only poke the ball over.

(148 Mins)

Thats not far away from Xhaka. He leaps well from a corner only to see his header whistle just wide of the post.

(148 Mins)

Seferovic is off. Drmic is on. Its like for like and its unlikely to make much difference to the result.

(145 Mins)

Senderos was trying to volley the ball clear from Pogbas clipped ball but only succeeded in displacing the air in that direction. The ball sailed past the centre-back and straight to the feet of Benzema who finished with the quality that should be expected of such an experienced goalscorer.

(145 Mins)

France 4-0 Switzerland. Another mistake from Switzerland and Benezema finishes well.

(145 Mins)

Granit Xhaka climbs highest to head the ball.

(144 Mins)

Sakho has picked up a knock here and is replaced by Laurent Koscielny.

(142 Mins)

Dzemaili should have scored! The ball fell kindly to the midfielder just a couple of yards from goal but Lloris spreads himself well and Dzemaili can only poke the ball over.

(141 Mins)

Oliver Giroud can be pleased with his performance. The Arsenal striker is staking a strong claim to be his teams leading man this summer with Benzema the more effective of the two when stationed out wide.

(141 Mins)

Its Giroud who will make way for Pogba. Deschamps will hope that the youngster has learnt his lesson and can now slot back into the team with a minimum of fuss.

(139 Mins)

Should Debuchy have had a penalty there? The full-back goes down in the box under the challenge of Rodriguez but the referee waves play on. Would that have been given if it were the first penalty of the game?

(139 Mins)

Karim Benzema hits a shot towards Benaglios goal but its deflected over and nothing comes of the resulting corner.

(137 Mins)

It should be pointed out that this French performance has come without the considerable talents of Paul Pogba. His replacement, Sissoko, has ran around a lot but there isnt the same quality there. Once the Juventus star is back in the French side they could really become a force to be reckoned with.

(135 Mins)

Another shot flies wide of the target. Its actually a decent opportunity for Dzemaili who was given plenty of space on the edge of the French box but the midfielder puts his shot over the bar.

(134 Mins)

Shaqiri goes down under a challenge from Patrice Evra.

(133 Mins)

Some more wayward shooting. This time its Giroud who fires wide. He looks frustrated and with Benzema and Valbuena better placed, so he should.

(132 Mins)

A burst of pace from Shaqiri opens up some space for the Bayern Munich winger but he cant keep his shot on target and its another French goal-kick.

(131 Mins)

Matuidi celebrates his goal.

(130 Mins)

Switzerland have got a good opportunity here as they win a free-kick to the left of the French box. Shaqiris ball in is headed behind though for a corner.

(128 Mins)

Seferovic attempts his second shot of the half when the ball comes to him on the edge of the box. The Real Sociedad striker cant find the target though and Lloris watches the ball roll wide.

(124 Mins)

Theres been a change at half-time and unsurprisingly Hitzfeld has removed Valon Behrami who really struggled to deal with the French midfield three. He is replaced by his Napoli team mate Blerim Dzemaili.

(123 Mins)

The second-half is underway here and its Switzerland who fashion the first chance as Seferovic fires over the bar.

(120 Mins)

French fans watching the game on the big screen in Rio celebrate their fantastic half.

(119 Mins)

Giroud looks pretty pleased with his performance.

(117 Mins)

Four years ago today the French team went on strike. Today they are dominating a side ranked 11 places above them in FIFAs world ranking. Can they see out the win in the second-half?

(113 Mins)

The French have flown under the radar somewhat when it comes to potential champions so far. A Unified team all pulling in the same direction seemed a little too far-fetched, perhaps, but a convincing win here today to set up a second round clash with Bosnia, Iran or Nigeria puts Les Blues in a strong position.

(110 Mins)

Benzema and Cabaye will be grateful that their misses look unlikely to come back to haunt them. Benzemas penalty was well saved by Benalgio but Cabaye has no excuses for his rattling of the crossbar from point-blank range.

(108 Mins)

The job looks almost done for France. Theyve kept the ball well, countered with pace and exposed a fragile Swiss back-line time and time again. Switzerland had their chances at 2-0 and Seferovic really should have made it 2-1 from Shaqiris rebounded shot but theyre going to have to pull something special out of the bag to get anything from this game.

(107 Mins)

HALF-TIME France 3-0 Switzerland.

(106 Mins)

So can the Swiss find a way back into this one? It seems unlikely at this stage with France looking resolute at the back and ruthless going forwards. Every time they win possession the French are driving relentlessly at the Swiss back four who looked unsettled.

(105 Mins)

Valbuena wheels away following the third goal.

(103 Mins)

Another chance for France! This time Valbuena cant quite find the back of the net as he volleys Benzemas flicked pass straight at the keeper.

(101 Mins)

That all stemmed from a Swiss corner. Giroud was released down the left by a brilliant ball from Varane. The Arsenal forward then had plenty of room to gallop into and his ball across the box was knocked into the net by Valbuena who had covered an awful lot of ground to finish the move. The French are looking ominously good here.

(100 Mins)

France 3-0 Switzerland. A brilliant counter-attack from the French is finished off by Valbuena to give France what looks like an unassailable lead.

(98 Mins)

Benzema is again given the chance to run at the Swiss defence. Napoli pair Inler and Behrami are failing to shut down the French attacks from that position, allowing Cabaye and co to pick their passes. This time Benzema cant get his shot away though and Switzerland clear.

(97 Mins)

Both sides will be frustrated to have not scored over the past few minutes. The Swiss had two great chances to halve the deficit before Cabaye really should have put the game out of sight at 3-0.

(97 Mins)

Benaglio saves the penalty. Could that prove costly for France?

(94 Mins)

The penalty was a really poor tackle by Djourou on Benzema. The Madrid man drove into the box but was well wide of goal and about to hit the byline when Djourou brought him down. Easy decision for the referee.

(92 Mins)

How has that stayed out? Benzemas penalty was well saved by Benaglio but Yohan Cabaye should have easily converted the rebound with the goal gaping. His volley crashes into the woodwork however and the score remains 2-0.

(92 Mins)

Penalty to France!

(90 Mins)

So close for Switzerland! Shaqiris shot from distance is parried out by Lloris straight to the feet of Seferovic but his follow up rolls just wide of the post.

(89 Mins)

Giroud looks full of confidence here. He opened the scoring with an excellent header and looks to test Benaglio with a powerful volley from distance. He cant quite keep the ball down though and its behind for a goal-kick.

(87 Mins)

Switzerland have got the ball in the back of the net but the flag is up for offside. The ball finds its way to Xhaka from a free-kick and he sticks it past Lloris just in time to look up and see the linesman with his flag in the air. Bitterly disappointing for the Swiss who thought they had found a way back into this one.

(87 Mins)

French fans celebrate their goal.

(85 Mins)

Benzema tests Benalgio from distance but he cant get enough power in the poked effort and it doesnt trouble the goalkeeper too much. The Swiss are affording Benzema far too much space however and it wouldnt be a surprise to see the man who scored twice against Honduras get on the scoresheet again here today.

(85 Mins)

Olvier Giroud celebrates his opening goal.

(83 Mins)

It was poor play from Behrami to give the ball away in the build up to that second goal. His wayward pass enabled Benzema to pick out the through ball to Matuidi who took full advantage of Benaglios poor positioning to double his teams advantage.

(80 Mins)

Its another chance for France as Benzema gets up highest to head Valbuenas free-kick goalwards. The forward is narrowly offside however and the Swiss can breathe easy. Ish.

(79 Mins)

What a start for the French. Theyve blown Switzerland away with two goals in under a minute and now look likely to go on to bag three points today and take control of Group E.

(78 Mins)

France 2-0 Switzerland. Switzerland stunned, Deschamps delighted. Matuidi gets on the end of Benzemas pass and slots the ball past Benaglio who will be disappointed to have been beaten at his near post.

(76 Mins)

France 1-0 Switzerland - Olvier Giroud gives France the lead with a brilliant header from Valbuenas corner.

(75 Mins)

Mamadou Sakho challenges Granit Xhaka for the ball.

(73 Mins)

Some nice stuff being played by the French as they look to work an opening. Their attacks are breaking down when they attempt to infiltrate the Swiss box though and Hitzfelds side are clearly set up to break with pace whenever the opportunity arises.

(73 Mins)

von Bergen is forced to make an early exit.

(71 Mins)

France are very much on the front foot here as they enjoy a little spell of possession around the Swiss box. The pressure comes to nothing though as Debuchy is penalised for a foul after he is unable to control Yohan Cabayes ambitious cross-field ball.

(70 Mins)

Blaise Matuidi shields the ball.

(69 Mins)

Its going to be Philippe Senderos coming on to replace the injured von Bergen.

(68 Mins)

von Bergen is down here and it doesnt look like hell be able to continue. Ottmar Hitzfeld is going to have to make a change.

(67 Mins)

Good chance for Benzema! The Real Madrid star manages to work a yard of space on the edge of the Swiss area but he cant quite curl his shot on target and Benaglio can watch the ball sail wide.

(65 Mins)

Moussa Sissoko looks to be the highest of the central midfield trio here and while Benzema has taken up a position over on the left. Both players will be tasked with getting forward and supporting Giroud today.

(64 Mins)

The French almost work a first sniff of goal. Karim Benzema tries to pick out the marauding Mathieu Debuchy over on the right but the full-back cant quite bring the ball under control while dangerously placed.

(60 Mins)

And it is the Swiss who get us underway playing today in their tasty all-red number. France will play in white shirts, blue shorts and white socks. Thats your fashion update finished for this evening.

(56 Mins)

The teams are out, the anthems are being sung. All we need now is kick-off and we will very much have a World Cup game on our hands. How exciting.

(53 Mins)

The runner up from Group E will most likely face Argentina in the next round while the group winners take on either Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iran or Nigeria so there is plenty for both these teams to play for. Not that they should need any added motivation however.

(49 Mins)

One player to watch tonight is Swiss left-back Ricardo Rodriguez. The 21-year-old enjoyed a fantastic season for Wolfsburg and set up both of his sides goals against Ecuador in their opening game. His performances have led to links with some of European footballs biggest clubs such as Liverpool and Barcelona. Keep an eye on him.

(48 Mins)

A Swiss fan shows his true colours.

(47 Mins)

The French fans prepare for their Swiss showdown.

(44 Mins)

Over in Group D England have become the fourth team to exit the tournament joining Spain, Australia and Cameroon after Costa Rica overcame Italy 1-0 earlier today. The unfancied Costa Ricans now top the group with two wins from two leaving Italy and Uruguay to battle it out for the final spot in the second round.

(40 Mins)

Both of these sides came out on top in their opening fixtures and it seems likely that this match will determine which of the two tops the group. Ecuador and Honduras, who play later, may have their own ideas but both looked poor in their opening round defeats.

(36 Mins)

Meanwhile Switzerland will line up without their young striker Josip Drmic. He is replaced by Haris Seferovic who came on to bag a 93rd minute winner for the Swiss against Ecuador last time out.

(34 Mins)

Newcastles Moussa Sissoko is the man who will replace Pogba in the France line-up while Antoine Griezmann also makes way for Olivier Giroud. The Arsenal centre-forward will probably play through the middle with Karim Benzema shifting wide.

(28 Mins)

The big news in that France line-up is the lack of Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba. His omission should perhaps not come as that much of a shock after Didier Deschamps issued the young star with a warning following Frances last outing against Honduras. "Pogba needs to remove certain superfluous aspects of his game," said Deschamps. "No-one gains from them – not him or the team. I told him what he did well and what I didnt like."

(27 Mins)

Switzerland (4-2-3-1): Benaglio; Lichsteiner, Djourou, Von Bergen, Rodriguez; Behrami, Inler; Shaqiri, Xhaka, Mehmedi; Seferovic.

(26 Mins)

France (4-3-3): Lloris; Debuchy, Varane, Sakho, Evra; Sissoko, Cabaye, Matuidi; Benzema, Giroud, Valbuena.

(25 Mins)

The teams are in, seems like a sensible place to begin...

(24 Mins)

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Group E clash between Switzerland and France.

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