2014 FIFA World Cup: Switzerland vs France - As it happened...
Zee Media Bureau/Jayanta Oinam
FULL-TIME: Switzerland 2 - 5 France
90+3' - With a late flow from the French players, oh... no! A goal from Benzema, which hasn't been given, the final whistle arrived.
90+1' - Swiss players are rolling the ball inside their own half. No point conceding another goal. But over-all, a good show of character to score two goals after conceding five.
89' - Three minutes ADDED. Switzerland 2 - 5 France
88' - Suddenly, France back-line is cracking. Yohan Cabaye got a booking for a bad challenge. And he will miss the next game.
87' - Second GOAL for Swiss!!! Xhaka scored from inside the ball after a neat drop pass from Inler. The fightback is little late though. Three minutes to regulation time.
85' - From the flag-kick by Xhaka, France won back the ball. But after few exchanges, Shaqiri tried a long-ranger but Lloris was upto the task.
84' - Switzerland won a corner following a play after Lichtsteiner's throw-in.
82' - France SUB: Griezmann in, Valbuena out.
81' - Swiss GOAL!!! From a thunderous Dzemaili free-kick from some 30 yards. The ball drilled through the three-man wall before beating Lloris on the left.
79' - Swiss won a throw-in after some passing around. But from the throw-in, they withdrew the attack for a while. Then from the play, won a free-kick.
76' - From the set-piece, the ball reached Swiss box, where few scrambles denied France another goal. Senderos' hooked kick to clear the ball was amazing, the save from Benaglio spectacular. Still they trail by five goals.
74' - France quickly won the possession from the restart. Then, during a move, Dzemaili fouled Matuidi on the run.
73' - Moussa Sissoko made it 5-0 for France!!! This time, Benzema turned provider following a good run from the right. Swiss defence is clueless as, as many as six French players were lurking in the their goal-mouth.
72' - Cabaya created another good chance for France but Evra missed the target by a whisker.
70' - Swiss SUB: Haris Seferovic out, Josip Drmic in.
69' - The last time, France scored in a World Cup match was way back in 1998, when they beat Saudi Arabia 4-0. It was the year, they won the cup.
67' - Benzema scored. Pogba released a delivery from the right, the flight of the ball fooled Senderos, but found Benzema, from where the forward made it four for France.
66' - France SUB: The injured player is replaced by Koscielny.
65' - Play interrupted as Sakho received medical attention.
63' - Still Switzerland are trying to create scoring opportunities. In one such move, Mehmedi missed the target by a little margin.
62' - France SUB: Giroud out, Pogba in.
61' - France won a corner. From the set-play, Valbuena delivered a good ball but it was cleared by the defenders.
59' - After a prolonged possession from the Swiss, one little mistake from them allowed France to create yet another goal scoring chance.
It was indeed a brilliant run from Evra, then after a couple passes, Valbuena slotted one for Benzema. But the attempt missed the target.
56' - Dzemaili got a clear shot on the French goal, but his attempt sailed over the bar.
54' - From the goal-kick, Giroud found himself unmarked in the Swiss half. From a reasonable distance, the Arsenal player take a shot... but missed.
53' - Extended period of possession for Switzerland. Started the attack from their own half with a free-kick. After a prolong passing around, Shaqiri finally got the opportunity to take a shot. But it went off the radar.
52' - From the set-play, Swiss won a corner. But from the flag-kick, France got the ball the safety.
51' - Throw-in for Switzerland on the right flanks. And from the play, Shaqiri won a free-kick as Sakho's sliding tackle caught off late.
50' - Valbuena's misdirected pass ended with Switzerland pressing inside the France half. But from the move, France got a goal-kick.
49' - Benzema got an attempt from a crowded Swiss goal-mouth.
48' - France won the first corner of the second-half. But it failed to create any opportunity.
47' - During the interval, Valon Behrami was replaced by Blerim Dzemaili. In one swift attack, Mehmedi was denied of a goal-scoring opportunity as Sakho timed his tackle to perfection inside the France box.
46' - Switzerland started from the centre and have had their chance to reduce the gap.
Players are out for the second-half.
What a display of attacking football from Deschamps' side as the 1998 winners racked up three goals in the first half. It could have been four. But Benzema missed from the spot. In fact, it was the first missed for Les Blues in the World Cup. They have earlier converted seven from seven.
Besides the goal, France enjoyed tactical advantage over the higher ranked Swiss thanks to individual skill. But again, Switzerland back-line failed to measure the intensity of France attack. Steve von Bergen's injury did hampered their defence.
HALF-TIME: Switzerland 0 - 3 France
45+2' - Yet another scoring opportunity for France as Benzema got himself one-on-one with Benaglio. But the Swiss goalie denied the French forward.
45' - Rodriguez created a move, which got inwards with the involvement of Inler. Then from the Xhaka shot, the ball went France's way. Good defending by Cabaye, though.
44' - It's a relentless France outfit seeking goals in their every move. Two minutes ADDED.
42' - France got another chance to increase the tally. But some good defending from the Swiss defence averted further damage, at least for now.
41' - Mathieu Valbuena made it 3 for France. The counter-attack, one ferocious one, started from a Swiss corner.
39' - From an excellent move, Switzerland won a corner.
38' - Then, from the Swiss goal-kick, France won the ball and pressed hard. Benzema got a clear sight on the goal. But his attempt was blocked.
37' - The French defense once again proved too strong for the Swiss attackers. From the defence, the former World champions build their own attack. And found Giroud fighting with Lichtsteiner for a header inside the Swiss box.
36' - Shaqiri and Inler tried to create something for the Swiss, but the France's back four is solid.
34' - Evra won the ball in the French half, then run few paces and released it for Benzema on the left flank. But Benzema was not ready. A quite stroll followed from him.
32' - Benzema missed from the spot. It was their first miss at the World Cup. Good save from Benaglio. From the rebound, another Frenchman hit the bar.
31' - Penalty for France as Djourou tripped a weaving Benzema inside the Swiss box.
29' - Brilliant save from the French goalie as Mehmedi got a long ranger. Then from the rebound, another Swiss player tried to breach but, it went off the radar.
28' - Shaqiri conceded a free-kick as he fouled Cabaya at the centre. From the play, France players did engaged Swiss goalie to a save.
26' - Switzerland got a free-kick some 26 metres off the France goal-mouth. From the set-play, they scored but it was ruled off-side.
24' - Benzema got a chance but his kick was saved by the Swiss goalie. The Real Madrid player had an easy run from the France half, before taking a left-footed attempt.
23' - Shaqiri finally got his time on the ball, but from his release, France got a throw-in on the right.
21' - Referee tried to diffuse an escalation in the centre as Lichtsteiner and Giroud argue hard.
20 - Switzerland 0 - 2 France. And France almost got the third from s set-piece. But Benzema was ruled off-side.
18' - Another one for France as Blaise Matuidi ran the full Swiss half from a Benzema release from the re-start. And what a run and what a cool finish.
17' - France lead as Valbuena's delivery from the far corner ended with Giroud heading past a diving Benaglio for the opener.
16' - In between, the packed stadium witnessed a colourful Mexican wave. From the throw-in, Giroud and Benzema involved inside the box. But the ball went for a corner.
15' - Inler tackled good and won the ball from a France creative move, then after few knocks, France won again then a throw-in on the right.
14' - Swiss wingers on the loose, but the final bit in the final third have undone their bid.
12' - Cabaye got a sigh on the goal, but his shot sailed high over the bar. The midfielder got a rebound after Giroud's attempt inside the Swiss box.
11' - Free-kick for France as Mathieu Debuchy committed a foul.
9' - After the restart, from a free-kick, Switzerland managed to create a couple of chances but France are quickly onto it. Especially Matuidi and Evra fast on counters.
8' - SUB:On his place, Senderos came in for Switzerland.
7 ' - Play interrupted after Swiss defender von Bergen got a hit on his chin from Valbuena's raising foot. That's in fact, a kick on the face, the player has been led out of the field by the medics.
5' - Good start from France as Benzema tried to curl one from the right. But his attempt went off the radar, just by a whisker. Moments earlier, he combined with a team-mate for a sweet one-two.
4' - Benaglio got his first touch of the ball as France tried to release one of their players inside the Switzerland box.
3' - Rodriguez won a throw-in for Switzerland near their own corner. Good defending. From the play, they they tried to press hard but France won their own throw-in.
2' - Varane tried to create an opening on the right flank, but the ball went of play after the intervention of Swiss player.
1' - Switzerland started the from the centre and have reached the French goal-mouth, then from the relay, France goalie got a feel of the ball.
Les Blues are in white while their European neigbhours are in red.
Dutch football referee, Bjorn Kuipers will officiate the match.
Here are the team-sheets:
Switzerland XI: Benaglio, Lichtsteiner, Djourou, von Bergen, Rodriguez, Behrami, Inler, Shaqiri, Xhaka, Mehmedi, Seferovic
SUBS: Sommer, Ziegler, Senderos, Lang, Barnetta, Stocker, Dzemaili, Fernandes, Gavranovic, Drmic, Schar, Burki
France XI: Lloris, Debuchy, Varane, Sakho, Evra, Sissoko, Cabaye, Matuidi, Valbuena, Giroud, Benzema
SUBS: Ruffier, Cabella, Griezmann, Mavuba, Mangala, Sagna, Digne, Pogba, Remy, Koscielny, Schneiderlin, Landreau
Welcome to our coverage of the Group E encounter between Switzerland and France at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador. This is the second group match for both these teams after having won their first games. France motored to a 3-0 win over Honduras. The Swiss came back from 0-1 down to complete a turnaround in injury time to end up 2-1 victors.
Karim Benzema was in fine form in the first match and he will look to take that good form into this match to ensure the Les Blues make it to Round of 16. In the absence of Franck Ribery and Samir Nasri, young Paul Pogba has done well to keep the midfield ticking. With a mix of youth and experience, Didider Deschamps men favorites to win this group.
Ottmar Hitzfeld is not new to the big occasion. He will make sure the defensively strong Swiss side will be as miserly as possible when it comes to conceding goals. Even in 2010, they did not lose a single match in the group stages. After a thrilling first match win, their morale will be undoubtedly high coming into this match.
Xherdan Shaquiri will be the biggest threat to France. The Bayen Munich man has all the qualities that can make defenders uncomfortable. The Swiss will be hoping to catch France on the counter by exploiting the pace of Shaquiri. Gokhan Inler will be looking to take control of the midfield for the Swiss and his battle with Paul Pogba will be one to watch.
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