French demolish Swiss

June 20, 2014 at 11:05 pm
Posted under: 2014 FIFA World Cup, France, France News, News, Switzerland, Switzerland News
France took on Switzerland at an Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador mostly filled by French support. They ran-over the Swiss in the game by finishing the match 6-2 winners.

Karim Benzema of France celebrates after scoring the 0-4 during the FIFA World Cup 2014 group E preliminary round match between Switzerland and France at the Arena Fonte Nova Stadium in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, 20 June 2014.
Karim Benzema of France celebrates after scoring the 0-4 during the FIFA World Cup 2014 group E preliminary round match between Switzerland and France at the Arena Fonte Nova Stadium in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, 20 June 2014.

Both teams from group E went into the game wanting to build on their opening victories, with the game starting on a high pace with clumsy fouls being committed by both; although the French looked more menacing with their classy attack.

Striker Karim Benzima showed French bravado with a shot from 25 yards only for the ball to bend to the far right of the goal posts. The experienced Swiss defender Philippe Senderos came in for Von Bergen after being caught in the face by French forward Olivier Giroud. France built momentum gradually as the game progressed with their midfield playing fancy one-touch football that stretched Swiss defence.

In the 18th minute the French found their opening goal through a header by Giroud from a corner. Then literally 66 seconds later midfielder Blaise Matuidi scored the second after a blunder from a Swiss player that Benzima pounced on to give Matuidi a pass that puzzled the badly positioned Swiss defence.

Forward Mathieu Valbuena removed disappointments of a missed penalty a few minutes before by Benzima when he scored France’s third goal to tighten their lead going into half-time.

The Switzerland bench looked glum while players on the pitch were rattled not managing to play their normal game after an avalanche of goals. Their ball-watching at set-pieces and bad decision in their defence was their downfall in the first half.

The second half saw the Swiss have more attempts at goal while the French not looking to stop where they left-off in the previous half. The Swiss were more abrasive in their attack, putting the French to scare on a few occasions with midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri having a hand in most of their attempts.

Benzima killed any hope of a come-back in the 67th minute to score France’s fourth goal. The French ran the show after that, they could have scored two more in those ten minutes after the goal. In the 73rd minute substitute striker Moussa Sissoko scored France’s fifth goal.

The Swiss found their boots very late in the game when midfielder Blerim Dzemaili scored a conciliation goal in the 82nd minute and followed it with another six minutes later through Granit Xhaka but it was too late.

France were too brilliant on the night, so brilliant they were denied a sixth goal after Benzima put the ball in the back of the net moments after the referee had blown the final whistle.

Bonginkosi Tiwane

 


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