Switzerland vs. France: Live Player Ratings

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistJune 20, 2014

France's Karim Benzema celebrates before his goal was disallowed after Netherlands referee Bjorn Kulpers had blown his whistle for full time before the ball entered the gaol during the group E World Cup soccer match between Switzerland and France at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Friday, June 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
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France cruised to a 5-2 victory over Switzerland in a Group E clash in Salvador. 

Olivier Giroud, Blaise Matuidi and Mathieu Valbuena scored goals in the first half to put Les Bleus in the driver's seat of the Group E clash.

In the second half, Karim Benzema and Moussa Sissoko scored a goal each before the Swiss pulled two back by way of Blerim Dzemaili and Granit Xhaka. 

Check below for analysis and player ratings for both sides.  

Switzerland Player Ratings
PlayerHalf-time RatingFull-time Rating
Diego Benaglio4.54
Stephan Lichtsteiner54
Steve von Bergen5.55.5
Johan Djourou43.5
Ricardo Rodriguez6.55.5
Gokhan Inler66.5
Valon Behrami5.55.5
Granit Xhaka67
Xherdan Shaqiri6.55.5
Admir Mehmedi65
Haris Seferovic54
Blerim DzemailiN/A7
Philippe Senderos54.5
Josip DrmicN/A5
B/R UK

Half-time Analysis: 

Diego Benaglio: His biggest denial came in the 32nd minute when he dived left to save the Benzema penalty. 

Stephan Lichtsteiner: Won two aerial duels, but that may have been his only positive contribution, as the French ran riot on the left flank where he was positioned. 

Steve von Bergen: Exited the match in the ninth minute after he received a boot to the head from Giroud. 

Johan Djourou: Made the challenge that led to the corner that created the first goal. Conceded a penalty with an unnecessary challenge near the endline. 

Ricardo Rodriguez: Took an early shot in the first minute that was deflected away. He also covered well on the right wing against Giroud in the beginning of the match. 

Gokhan Inler: Completed 88 percent of his 24 passes and two of his four attempted longballs. 

Valon Behrami: Made just two tackles in defense and was inefficient for most of the half. 

Granit Xhaka: His impact on the match in attack was neutralized by the terrific French attack. 

Xherdan Shaqiri: His shot in the 30th minute challenged Lloris, but it was deflected out of play by the French keeper to prevent a first goal. Completed all 17 of his passes. 

Admir Mehmedi: Tried to get involved on the left flank in the 14th minute, but his pass found no teammates. His shot on goal in the 30th minute was denied by Lloris. 

Haris Seferovic: Had little impact on any attempted Swiss attack. 

 

Full-time Analysis: 

Benaglio: Made three successive saves late in the second half to deny France of scoring a sixth. 

Lichtsteiner: Was burned way too often by the French attack throughout most of the match. 

Von Bergen: Was the victim of a boot to the head in the ninth minute and he could not continue. 

Djourou: Was a liability in defense for most of the match, especially on his weak penalty concession in the 32nd minute. 

Rodriguez: After starring in attack against Ecuador, he was shut down in his second World Cup game. 

Inler: Tried to get the Swiss attack going all match long and he finally produced an assist in the 87th minute on Xhaka's goal. 

Behrami: Did not get a chance to redeem himself for an awful first half, as he was taken off in favor of Dzemaili at the of the second half. 

Xhaka: Never gave up in search of a goal and he was rewarded in the 87th minute when his volley beat Lloris.  

Shaqiri: Had a poor performance in midfield for a team that was relying on his skills for a spark. 

Mehmedi: Made more of a contribution on the defensive side of the ball with five tackles and three interceptions than he did on the offensive end, where he had just two shots. 

Seferovic: Had a poor showing after scoring the game-winning goal against Ecuador. 

 

Substitutes: 

Philippe Senderos: Made a very poor attempt to stop Pogba's pass on the fourth goal. 

Blerim Dzemaili: Scored on a terrific free-kick from distance to pull back a consolation goal for his side. 

Josip Drmic: Was as ineffective as Seferovic was up front. 

 

France Player Ratings
PlayerHalf-time RatingFull-time Rating
Hugo Lloris66.5
Mathieu Debuchy66.5
Raphael Varane6.37
Mamadou Sakho6.37
Patrice Evra5.56.5
Yohan Cabaye66
Moussa Sissoko6.57
Blaise Matuidi77.5
Mathieu Valbuena77.5
Karim Benzema7.59
Olivier Giroud7.58
Paul PogbaN/A6.5
Laurent KoscielnyN/A6
Antoine GriezmanN/A6
B/R UK

Half-time Analysis: 

Hugo Lloris: His double save in the 30th minute on Mehmedi and Shaqiri was his only major contribution. 

Mathieu Debuchy: Made two tackles and two interceptions from his right-back position. 

Raphael Varane: Recorded the highest pass accuracy of any French player, with 95 percent of his 20 passes being accurate. 

Mamadou Sakho: When asked to work at the back, he made three effective clearances. 

Patrice Evra: Didn't make much of an impact at left-back, as he only attempted 19 passes and made 30 touches. 

Yohan Cabaye: Had a chance to score on the penalty rebound, but his shot hit the crossbar. 

Moussa Sissoko: Was a solid force in the midfield, as he was able to deny the Swiss from getting a fluid attack going. 

Blaise Matuidi: Struck quickly after the Giroud strike thanks to a Swiss turnover in the 18th minute. 

Mathieu Valbuena: Finished off a terrific counter in the 40th minute for the third French goal. 

Karim Benzema: Showed his confidence with shots in the sixth and 24th minutes. Delivered an assist on the Matuidi goal with a pass that let the midfielder shoot from the left side of the box. 

Olivier Giroud: Skied above everyone in the box to put home a tremendous header in the 17th minute. He also contributed an assist on the Valbuena goal.  

 

Full-time Analysis: 

Lloris: Had little to do in the second half, as he ended the match with just two saves. 

Debuchy: Let Mehmedi slide behind him in the 65th minute, but the threat was quashed by a reactionary Lloris. 

Varane: Was fairly efficient alongside two different center-back partners by making three tackles and two effective clearances. 

Sakho: Made a forceful sliding tackle in the 47th minute to deny Mehmedi of possession in the box. 

Evra: Neutralized Lichtsteiner for most of the match and he was able to move forward on a few attacks in the second half. 

SALVADOR, BRAZIL - JUNE 20:  Patrice Evra of France controls the ball as Mickael Landreau of France give chase during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group E match between Switzerland and France at Arena Fonte Nova on June 20, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil.  (P
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Cabaye: His miss on the penalty rebound in the first half will be his lasting memory from this match, but he did make 55 touches and a key pass. 

Sissoko: Scored the fifth goal on a beautiful shot from the right side of the box that found the left corner of the net. 

Matuidi: Had a terrific match in the midfield with a goal and a pass accuracy of 86 percent. 

Valbuena: Put all three of his shots on target including his 40th-minute goal off an assist by Giroud. 

Benzema: Was active for the entire match in front of goal for France with five shots on target and six key passes. 

Giroud: Was terrific in his 62 minutes on the pitch with a goal and an assist in the first half. He also won five aerial duels up front. 

 

Substitutes: 

Paul Pogba: Delivered a sublime pass to Benzema to create the fourth goal. 

Laurent Koscielny: Only had five touches after entering the match in place of the injured Sakho. 

Antoine Griezmann: Did not make much of an impact in his eight minutes on the pitch. 

 

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All statistics obtained from WhoScored.com.