5 Positives for France to Take from Their World Cup Group-Stage Performances

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5 Positives for France to Take from Their World Cup Group-Stage Performances
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After three group games, France’s report card reads as follows: Eight goals scored, two goals conceded, seven points and no defeats. Most importantly, everyone is happy and together.

The ghosts of South Africa 2010 have been somewhat banished, and now France can go into the knockout stages void of any real problems and with a real sense of optimism.

France opened their campaign with a confident and professional 3-0 win against Honduras. Karim Benzema's penalty at the end of the first half was enough to open up the side from Central America, and the victory was guaranteed from early in the second half.

Against Switzerland, the nerves were calmed after the first 20 minutes. Goals from Olivier Giroud and Blaise Matuidi gave Les Bleus a strong 2-0 lead, and Didier Deschamps' men ran out 5-2 winners.

The 0-0 draw against Ecuador wasn't the best game to watch, but it was a functional performance, with France doing enough to win the group.

This is probably the happiest a France squad has been since they won the European Championships 14 years ago.

Here are five positives for France to take from their World Cup group-stage performances.

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