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World Cup Match Preview: Switzerland vs. France (Group E)

World Cup Match Preview: Switzerland vs. France (Group E)

Match Date: 20 June 2014 (local time)

Venue: Salvador

 

A dramatic victory inspires Switzerland to raise the bar higher and secure another important win. The Swiss will go against the 1996 World Cup champion, France, which clinched an easy triumph over Honduras.

 

What happened?

 

Switzerland

Switzerland had to engage in a hard struggle against Ecuador before the latter was forced to wave the white flag.

 

Ecuador initially took the lead when Enner Valencia scored the match’s first goal. It took a while before Switzerland responded, but eventually a header from Admir Mehmedi scored the equalizer.

 

The score remained at 1-1 when in a sudden twist of fate, Haris Seferovic nailed the winning goal, seconds before the match ended.

 

France

Karim Benzema was France’s scoring machine against Honduras. The well-revered Real Madrid striker scored a penalty and a right footed shot on the 72nd. Yet, prior to Benzema’s final shot, Honduras’ Noel Valladares’ own goal before the 2nd half was already a premonition of their impending loss.

 

Prediction

World cup bets favoring the French squad are readily profitable. Les Bleus may have missed the presence of Franck Ribery, but evidently, this did not distract them from having a strong campaign.

 

Didier Deschamps is now reaping the results of positioning Benzema to the left and keeping the scoring threat with Oliver Giroud placed at the center. Moreover, the spectacular displays of Raphael Varane and Paul Pogba readily strengthened France’s presence on the pitch.

 

Image Source: Sportige

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