Switzerland vs. France: Goals and Highlights from Group E Match

Sean SwabyUK Staff WriterJune 20, 2014

SALVADOR, BRAZIL - JUNE 20: Olivier Giroud of France scores his team's first goal on a header past goalkeeper Diego Benaglio of Switzerland 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.  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
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France thoroughly dismantled Switzerland on Friday to move atop Group E with a 5-2 thrashing. It was an impressive display from Les Bleus, who have now scored 16 goals in their last three international matches. 

Olivier Giroud put France ahead in the 17th minute with a powerful header off of a corner kick. 

#Mundial2014 ¡Giroud! El 9 del Arsenal pone adelante a #FRA... #FRA 1 #SUI 0 #Repetición https://t.co/ZhY3MRyJmp

— UNE Mejor juntos (@UNEMejorjuntos) June 20, 2014

Blaise Matuidi doubled the French lead just a minute later with a powerful finish to the near post. 

#Mundial2014 Blaise Matuidi no deja respirar a los suizos, y en segundos pone el segundo. #FRA 2 #SUI 0 #Re... https://t.co/Nw1AWUS06H

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Things nearly got out of hand in the 20th minute, but Swiss goalkeeper Diego Benaglio denied Karim Benzema from the penalty spot.

 

Then things did get out of hand, as Mathieu Valbuena put away France's third off of a low cross from Giroud. 


Benzema atoned for his earlier miss from the penalty spot, putting in France's fourth goal with a classy finish off of an incredible ball from Paul Pogba. 

#Mundial2014 ¡El Gato! Benzema reclama su gol, suma 3 en Brasil, y pone más distancia #FRA 4 #SUI 0 #Repeti... https://t.co/MJ6G03HEwX

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Moussa Sissoko capped the rout with France's fifth (!) goal.  

#Mundial2014 ¡Ya es baile! Sissoko se suma a los anotadores en una jugada magistral. #FRA 5 #SUI 0 #Repet... https://t.co/YFvl2K02T7

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Blerim Dzemaili pulled back a consolation goal with a long-ranged free kick that wasn't the finest wall Les Bleus have produced.


Granit Xhaka scored another consolation for Switzerland late, but was ultimately fruitless as France were well ahead. 

#Mundial2014 Los goles llegaron tarde: Xhaka (no Palacios) celebra el descuento suizo. #SUI 2 #FRA 5 #Repet... https://t.co/MPAljRUNfH

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Switzerland finish off group play against Honduras while France face Ecuador.