France crush sorry Swiss 5-2

SALVADOR (Reuters) – Free-flowing France
blew away in-form Switzerland with a three-
goal first-half barrage en route to a thumping
5-2 World Cup Group E win on Friday that
virtually assures them of qualification for the
second round.

France blasted two goals within 66 seconds as
Olivier Giroud headed them into the lead
after 17 minutes and Blaise Matuidi added a
second almost straight from the restart, while
Mathieu Valbuena got a breakaway third late
in the half after Swiss keeper Diego Benaglio
had earlier saved a Karim Benzema penalty.

Benzema added the fourth and his third of
the tournament in the 67th minute and
Moussa Sissoko came off the bench to
complete the rout six minutes later before
Blerim Dzemaili ‘s free kick and a smart volley
by Granit Xhaka made things look better for
the Swiss.

France have six points and a goal difference
of plus-six and look well-placed to advance
after going out in the group stage four years
ago when they finished bottom.

Switzerland, who had lost only once in the last
two years and are sixth in FIFA’s world
rankings, have three points, while Ecuador
and Honduras are yet to get off the mark
ahead of their meeting later on Friday.

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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