5 Things for France Fans to Look Forward to Following Draw with Ecuador

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5 Things for France Fans to Look Forward to Following Draw with Ecuador
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France's 0-0 draw with Ecuador secured Didier Deschamps' men finishing top of Group E and with it a round of 16 clash with Nigeria.

Before the game, Deschamps made six changes to the side that destroyed Switzerland 5-2, with a mixture of injuries, suspension and resting players leading the France coach into the decision.

Les Bleus started well, controlling the game in the first 20 minutes, but Ecuador were resilient and battled well. It was a tough, physical and gruelling game for both sides, and in the end, an impressive goalkeeping performance from Alexander Dominguez kept the scores level.

There were a lot of positives for France to take from the match, the most important being that they aren't filled with too much overconfidence going into the last 16.

Seven points from the group stage puts them on parity with Brazil, Mexico and Costa Rica, but it leaves the majority of the praise going toward the Netherlands, Argentina and Colombia.

To succeed in this tournament, France need to fly as much under the radar as possible.

Qualification for the knockout stages was the first goal for Deschamps and Les Bleus, and now that they have achieved one of their goals, they can concentrate on going far in the competition.

Deschamps was able to rest certain key players without losing all of the momentum they have built, and the players who come back in will be highly motivated to get this team as far as possible.

Here are five things that France supporters have to look forward to in the wake of the 0-0 draw with Ecuador.

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