Fiji Time: 8:26 PM on Friday 27 May

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

France through to round two

Afp
Sunday, June 22, 2014

SALVADOR, Brazil - France crushed Switzerland 5-2 yesterday to all but secure their place in the World Cup knockout rounds.

Goals from Olivier Giroud, Blaise Matuidi, Mathieu Valbuena, Karim Benzema and Moussa Sissoko gave rampant France a thumping victory. Blerim Dzemaili and Granit Xhaka scored two late consolation goals for Switzerland.

After beating Honduras 3-0 in their opening match, the win yesterday France has confirmed their qualification from Group E.

Switzerland went into the game as the group's top seeds ranked 11 places above France in FIFA's list at six. But their coach Ottmar Hitzfeld said before kick-off that 1998 world champions France were the true favourites.

And in a one-sided affair, Benzema also had a first half penalty saved and had a goal ruled out because it came two seconds after the final whistle.

Arsenal forward Giroud set the ball rolling by thumping home a Valbuena corner with his head.

Just a minute later, Benzema anticipated a Valon Behrami pass back and teed up Matuidi to beat Swiss goalkeeper Diego Benaglio, who should have done much better, at his near post.

Johan Djourou was harshly penalised for a foul on Benzema in the box but justice was done when Benaglio parried the French striker's spot-kick. Yohan Cabaye fired the rebound against the bar.

But the respite was short-lived as Giroud crossed for Valbuena to tap home on a lightning counter-attack, giving France a 3-0 lead at the break.

Switzerland capitulated late on as Philippe Senderos missed a through ball from substitute Paul Pogba and Benzema nutmegged Benaglio.

The Real Madrid forward then set up Sissoko to fire home from an angle as France ran riot before Dzemaili's late free-kick crept inside the post and Xhaka slammed past Hugo Lloris after latching onto a chip over the top.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.61880.5998
JPY 52.941849.9418
GBP 0.32410.3161
EUR 0.42560.4136
NZD 0.71310.6801
AUD 0.66260.6376
USD 0.47860.4616

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 27th May 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Families live in fear
  2. Remains of missionary receives a proper burial 200 years later
  3. 10 years in jail for rape of girl, 16
  4. $40k boost for Fiji 7s team
  5. Uncle told to stay away from niece
  6. Kolinisau ready to enjoy break from 7s
  7. Clean credit slate
  8. Maharaj: Need to have contingency plans
  9. Bridges hit by major overloading problem
  10. Vaivai snatches gold

Top Stories this Week

  1. A costly 'blunder' Saturday (21 May)
  2. Son crushed to death, parents seek answers Tuesday (24 May)
  3. Ryan gutted Tuesday (24 May)
  4. Hayne, Ryan miss out Wednesday (25 May)
  5. Hayne's Rio barrier Monday (23 May)
  6. Senior citizen's alleged murder angers police Saturday (21 May)
  7. Ryan eyes Olympics gold Saturday (21 May)
  8. Family, friends bid farewell to navy officer Sunday (22 May)
  9. Tears of joy for Jerry's family Thursday (26 May)
  10. Life of sacrifice Sunday (22 May)