Brazil 2014 World Cup | Switzerland vs. France

Following on from the other match, I will now continually update this blog feed with all the latest information, plus I’ll copy over any quotes that football commentators put up.

Switzerland 2-5 France

 

Former Scotland International Pat Nevin: “It’s very, very tight to call. Switzerland were my call as the surprise team before the tournament but they should not be a surprise given their Fifa ranking. They are really tough to break down, but Karim Benzema is a big player for France.”

Jonathan Jurejko: “Switzerland enjoy some early possession with left-back Ricardo Rodriguez, who delivered two assists in the opening game against Ecuador, rampaging forward early doors. Keen as mustard that lad. France begin to settle down, with right-back Mathieu Debuchy bombing on into the Swiss box. Could be chances galore down that side of the pitch if Rodriguez and Debuchy both continue to go gung-ho. Then, France get their first glance at goal. Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema looks to add to the two he bagged against Honduras, curling just wide from 20 yards. Benzema for the Golden Boot? Worth a fiver. Swiss defender Steve Von Bergen looks to be in a world of trouble. He is clattered by Yohan Cabaye‘s stray boot, causing blood to pour from a gaping wound. He looks dazed and confused, rather like George Groves after his fight with Carl Froch. His afternoon is over before it has barely started, going off to be replaced by new Aston Villa defender Philippe Senderos. Senderos and his ex-Arsenal team-mate Johan Djourou reunited at the back. Is that the sound of groans I can hear from North London?

Steve von Bergen of Switzerland collides with Olivier Giroud
Credit: BBC Sport

Pat Nevin: “All your concerned about in that situation is not having a broken nose or a broken cheekbone, because if you do then you won’t play in the rest of the tournament.”

Twitter Debate: #bbcworldcup

Steven McNamara: France have a chance, with the class of Cabaye, Benzema, I would have started Remy over Giroud though, much better player.

GOAL!!! FRANCE HAVE JUST SCORED AGAINST SWITZERLAND WITH A 0-1 GOAL STRIKE!!! WITHIN 20 SECONDS, FRANCE HAVE SCORED AGAIN WITH A 0-2 STRIKE AGAINST SWITZERLAND!!!! (OLIVIER GIROUD – 17′ AND MATUIDI – 18′)

Jonathan Jurejko: “Ambitious from Yohan Cabaye. We are used to seeing the France midfielder make the spectacular look unspectacular, but he shoots wildly over the Swiss goal from distance. No danger. Neither side has managed to get going yet. Olivier Giroud looks to the heavens, mumbling something probably not repeatable, after another France move breaks down.”

Pat Nevin: “There was no time between those two goals and the roof is falling off here! The defence was awful, but what was the keeper doing? The ball was stupidly given away in midfield, but to be beaten at the near post is awful.”

Jonathan Jurejko: “Switzerland look absolute shell-shocked – there were just 66 seconds between the two French goals. Veteran coach Ottmar Hitzfeld shakes his head in disbelief on the touchline. He masterminded a revival against Ecuador – but this would be better than Gary Barlow’s comeback…”

Twitter Debate: #bbcworldcup

George Davis: I think the French have definitely decided to turn up to this World Cup!

Ivan Interest: France looking entertaining? England out? Is it 1998 again?

Jase AU: And I was just thinking, “there’s a little bit of a goal shortage in the last few games.” BANG.

Jonathan Jurejko: “France are purring now. Karim Benzema powers clear of the Swiss defence but his shot lacks power and is easily gathered by Swiss keeper Diego Benaglio. Switzerland bundle the ball into the back of the French net – but are denied by the linesman’s flag. Only the three red shirts offside there. Granit Xhaka wheels off in delight before realising he looks rather silly. Bit of hope for the Swiss as they stretch French keeper Hugo Lloris. Admir Mehmedi spanks a low shot towards goal which is parried out to Xherdan Shaqiri, whose arrowed strike whistles past the far post. Close. What a game! An open game swings back to the other end as France go on the attack. And they are awarded a penalty as Karim Benzema is clumsily hacked down by Johan Djourou. Switzerland survive! Keeper Diego Benaglio springs to his right to keep out Karim Benzema’s low effort, before Mathieu Debuchy smashes the rebound against the woodwork. The bar is still shaking now…”

Benzema
Credit: BBC Sport

Pat Nevin: “Maybe that’s a psychological lift for Switzerland, because they needed it. Had that gone in, they would have lost this game.”

GOAL!!! FRANCE STRIKE IT LUCKY A THIRD TIME BY SCORING A 0-3 GOAL STRIKE AGAINST SWITZERLAND!!! (VALBUENA – 40′)

Twitter Debate: #bbcworldcup

Jonathan Cowley: Brilliant, brilliant counter-attacking goal by France. As good a team goal as you will see in this World Cup.

Andy Brown: Albeit in a dolly of a group but France have started this WC on fire.

R. Labusta: Baguette with Swiss cheese to go please.

2ND HALF KICK OFF!!! THIS HALF WILL BE VERY INTERESTING FOR FRANCE, CONSIDERING THE POWERFUL GOAL SCORES THEY GOT IN THE FIRST HALF.

Jonathan Jurejko: “Party time among the French contingent during the break in Salvador. Enthusiastic dancing, Tricolours waving in the air, smiling faces – happy days. And their players look jovial as they remerge from the tunnel. Back under way. Unsurprisingly, the Swiss make a half-time change as Napoli midfielder Blerim Dzemaili trots on. Valon Behrami – who was responsible for giving away possession in the build-up to the second goal – is hooked. The early signs are that France are not in the mood to show any mercy on their poor old neighbours. Olivier Giroud bullies his way though again to win a corner, before the Swiss compose themselves to snuff out the danger.”

Pat Nevin: “Giroud is bullying the life out of Senderos at the moment, he just cannot get near him.”

Jonathan Jurejko: “Credit to the Swiss though – they’re not calling time on this match just yet. Striker Haris Seferovic swivels on a six pence about 20 yards from goals, dragging his shot hopelessly wide. The Real Sociedad man outshone the likes of Neymar and Mario Gotze at the 2009 Under-17 World Cup – it’s not happening at the real thing. One of the Swiss coaching staff sits with his glum face buried into his hands. And his mood is not helped by a speculative effort from Xherdan Shaqiri. The Bayern Munich man plays second fiddle to Franck Ribery – missing for the French through injury remember – and Arjen Robben. And that poor effort shows why.”

Pat Nevin: “The question for the remains of this match is, how much do the French go for it? They must be thinking now that this is going to be a long tournament, but they could get five or six here.”

Jonathan Jurejko: “Switzerland are patiently passing the ball around in front of the French, but they can’t find any chinks in their armour. The Swiss must feel like they are banging their heads against a brick wall. A bit like I do when I’ve had a barney with the missus…France are throwing their weight firmly behind this current counter-attack fad. Possession? Pah. Again Les Bleus burst forward at break-neck speed when the Swiss make a mistake, Mathieu Valbuena picking out Karim Benzema whose shot is deflected over by the backside of Johan Djourou.”

Pat Nevin: “Without really pushing it all the French are breaking at pace, and it must be heartbreaking for the Swiss because they have had 75% of the play in this half.”

Jonathan Jurejko: “Olivier Giroud’s number is up. But the France striker can be very pleased with his evening’s work. He gets a pat on the back from Didier Deschamps, which is always a bonus.”

Mesut Ozil: Congrats to Olivier Giroud for this great goal and assist! Wonderful Arsenal power!

GOAL!!!! FRANCE DID IT AGAIN WOOHOO!!!!!!!!!! THIS IS THEIR BEST MATCH YET AS THEY NOW SCORED A 0-4 GOAL STRIKE AGAINST SWITZERLAND!!!! (BENZEMA – 67′)

AHAHAHA THEY DID IT AGAIN, I FEEL SORRY FOR SWITZERLAND, THEY ARE NOW IN UTTER DEFEAT, BUT THEY WON’T GO DOWN FIGHTING AS THEY STILL HAVE THE FIGHTING SPIRIT EVEN IF THEY HAVE WON OR LOST. (SISSOKO – 73′)

SWITZERLAND JUST SCORED WITH A 1-5 GOAL STRIKE AGAINST FRANCE (DZEMAILI – 81′).

Pat Nevin: “Ignore the defending, let’s say that was a fantastic goal. In the last third France’s passing is sharp, intricate and to feet. If you a connoisseur of World Cup goals, it is similar to the Carlos Alberto goal for Brazil in 1970.”

Twitter Debate: #bbcworldcup

Chris Bloomfield: France the little dark horses! Swiss playing like they are running in melted Toblerone.

Sho: Senderos and Djourou showing why Arsenal gave up one them. Liabilities.

Howard Pothecary: So much for Belgium being dark horses despite everyone talking them up. In the two games so far France look as good as anyone!

Pat Nevin: “It is a great hit but it shouldn’t get through the wall, its gone through the middle. Benzema lifts his foot, I suspect he will not be in the wall next time, with the look goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has just given him. He’ll be having a word afterwards.”

Xhaka scores for Switzerland, bringing the overall goal score to 2-5 for both Switzerland and France (87′).

EXTRA TIME +3

FULL TIME, THANK YOU FOR VIEWING THIS BLOG FEED ON THE MATCH AS IT UNFOLDED, MAKE SURE TO CHECK BACK AT 11:00PM FOR THE FINAL BLOG FEED OF THE NIGHT BASED ON THE MATCH BETWEEN HONDURAS AND ECUADOR.

THANK YOU FOR VIEWING THIS BLOG FEED :-).

-ALEX SMITHSON

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