The French offensive overwhelmed the Swiss defenses for the entire 90 minutes of the match, scoring five unanswered goals in the process. The final score would be 5-2 in Frances favor.
Byline: Jorge Belon, Editor in Chief
SALVADOR–By the time the first half ended the score was already 3-0 in Frances favor, by the final 20 minutes of the game came by, the score was 5-0. Les Bleus would end up wining the game 5-2 and clinch their spot into the round of 16.
“It was almost absolutely perfect, “The Blues Coach Didier Deschamps told FIFA.com after the match. ” It was an ideal outing, during which we scored five goals against a good side, won 5-2 and reached six points.”
They were five goals for France, and all of the goals were scored by different players. French forward Olivier Giroud would get his first goal of the World Cup at the 17 minute, and the first goal of the match. The Arsenal forward would jump high to head the ball into the top right hand corner of the net.
Giroud would punish the Swiss with a powerful and accurate header that came from Mathieu Valbuena corner kick, Giroud would be there to hammer in the ball. As for the second goal Blues midfielder Blaise Matuidi would make a darting run into the heart of the left hand side of the penalty box.
Karim Benzema would deliver a short but crisp pass from the top of the penalty box, to a cutting Matuidi. The French midfielder would control the ball and place the ball in a small pocket of space; between the Swiss goalie Diego Benaglio and the left hand post, the ball would enter and give France the 2-0 lead with only 60 seconds separating from the first goal.
Regardless that Benzema missed a penalty at the 32 minute, the blues would still manage to score their third goal before the halftime break. Giroud would be involved again, but this time he would be assisting the goal. The Arsenal forward came running down the field from the left hand side.
He revived a beautiful long curving pass that was cutting the grass with the pace defender Raphael Varane put on the pass. Giroud took one touch on the ball, the brought him into the penalty box, he then lifted his head and saw Valbuena running hard into the box. Giroud wasted no time and sent a low cross to the forward, Valbuena would strike the ball without attempting to control that ball. His shot would sail into the roof of the net give the Les Blues a commanding 3-0 lead over the Swiss at the 40 minute.
“We all played well, and we got off to a really good start,” Benzema told FIFA.com. “Continuing where we left off against Honduras and playing as a team. And we really are a team.”
In the second half The Blues picked up their offense right where they left it in the first half. Midfielder Paul Pogba would chip a pass over a Swiss defender and right into the path of the Real Madrid forward. Benzema would waste no time, since he was surrounded by two defenders and the goalie Benaglio was closing down his angle fast. The 26-year-old forward would take a volley shot, and send the ball right between the legs of the Switzerland goalie and bounce into the net, to give France a 4-0 lead at the 67 minute.
The nightmare day for the Swiss was not over yet, six minutes after Benzema goal, the Madrid forward would be a part of the play again. However, this time he would get his second assist of the game. The Frenchmen controlled the ball right outside the box, changed direction with the ball towards the right, he saw Mali native Moussa Sissoko entering the box from the right hand side of the field.
Benzema would lay off a perfect pass to the incoming Sissoko, the midfielder would just strike the ball with finesse, and send the ball into the bottom left hand corner of the net, to give Les Blues a 5-0 lead at the 73 minute. However, before the match would end Switzerland would get two goals at the 81 and 87 minute, to make the score 5-2.
“We’ve got a good goal difference, and the third match will decide who finishes top and second in the group,” Deschamps told FIFA.com. “We prepared well for the first two games, and we’ve played in an efficient manner. This is still the first part of the tournament. We need to finish the job against Ecuador, and then we’ll be in a very different kind of competition.”
The French can clinch first place in their group with a victory over Ecuador on Wednesday, June 25 at the Maracanã – Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho. As for Switzerland they will need to rebound against Honduras on Wednesday as well, but the game will take place at the Arena Amazonia.
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