FIFA World Cup 2014: 5-star France dismantle Swiss defence

first_imgBlaise Matuidi celebrates after scoring the opening goal for France in Group E tie Forwards Olivier Giroud and Karim Benzema each scored one goal and created another as rampant France blew Switzerland away 5-2 Friday to take control of Group E and all but seal a place in the next round. France has six points and can qualify if Ecuador and Honduras draw later Friday.Giroud and Blasie Matuidi scored a minute apart and Mathieu Valbuena added another to give France a 3-0 halftime lead.Benzema made up for a penalty miss in the first half with a poacher’s finish in the 67th, and then turned provider for Moussa Sissoko, who made it 5-0 with a neat side-footed effort in the 73rd.Switzerland pulled two consolation goals back as Blerim Dzemaili scored with a free kick in the 81st and Granit Xhaka slotted in the second in the 87th.Team Line-ups(from):Switzerland: Diego Benaglio; Ricardo Rodriguez, Steve von Bergen, Johan Djourou, Stephan Lichtsteiner; Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri, Gokhan Inler, Valon Behrami; Haris Seferovic, Admir MehmediFrance: Hugo Lloris; Mathieu Debuchy, Mamadou Sakho, Raphael Varane, Patrice Evra; Moussa Sissoko, Blaise Matuidi, Yohan Cabaye, Mathieu Valbuena; Karim Benzema, Olivier Giroudlast_img

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