France’s 5-2 mauling of Switzerland has seen Didier Deschamp’s men announce themselves as genuine contenders for the FIFA World Cup title in Brazil.
Goals from Olivier Giroud, Blaise Matuidi, Mathieu Valbuena, Karim Benzema and Moussa Sissoko saw the French down their main Group E rivals to seize top spot and the scoreline could have remained more impressive had they not lost their concentration and conceded two late goals.
Les Bleus will need to pass sterner tests if they are to make it to the latter stages and beyond, but it was still an impressive performance against Ottmar Hitzfeld’s well-drilled Swiss side. To score that many goals against a side that had only conceded twice in eight World Cup matches is an impressive feat and it adds substance to the hype that followed a 3-0 opening win over Honduras.
With qualification now all but assured, Deschamps’ men can feel satisfied that they have banished all memories of their previous under-performances in the 2010 edition and the 2012 European Championships.
Here are five things that France supporters have to look forward to in the wake of that emphatic 5-2 win over Switzerland.