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France moves to second round after taking top spot in Pool E

Friday, June 27, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO - A ten-man Ecuador has bravely held France to a 0-0 draw at Rio's Maracana stadium but the French have still topped Group E at the World Cup.

France, who had scored eight goals in their two previous games, powered forward from the start.

But through luck, determination, bad finishing and brilliant goalkeeping by Alexander Dominguez, Ecuador resisted even after captain and Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia was sent off early in the second half for a studs up challenge on Lucas Digne.

The South Americans had chances to steal the game from the French, but the result means they will bow out of the World Cup because Switzerland beat Honduras 3-0 to grab second place in Group E.

Dominguez was constantly in the thick of the action

He parried away one cross that just kept the ball away from Karim Benzema who was stood before an open goal. Dominguez also made a desperate stretch to keep out a Paul Pogba header.

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