France 0 v 0 Switzerland – Euro 2016 Group A

FRA 0:0 SUI – For those who chose to watch this game rather than the Romania v Albania clash, more fool you! In a predictably cagey affair, the two rivals played out a convenient draw to both qualify for the knockout stages of the competition. It wasn’t a spectacle by any stretch of the imagination. There were signs of life for the first time this tournament from the mercurial Paul Pogba, whose energetic, driving runs from midfield caused the Swiss some serious problems at the back. Yann Sommer twice pulled off excellent saves to deny the Juventus superstar. Pogba also struck the bar with a dipping effort just before half time as the French looked more likely. Switzerland were organised, determined and brought a competitive edge that won them more possession than the hosts. Breel Embolo led the line admirably as Vladimir Petković‘s tactics proved spot on in stifling the French after that early Pogba pressure. Assured performances from Granit Xhaka and Valon Behrami meant the Swiss had the better of the second half. Antoine Griezmann‘s high drive was superbly parried by Sommer, who once again showed his quality as one of the best keepers in France. Didier Deschamps threw on his star man – Dimitri Payet – to try and win the game and the roll of the dice nearly paid off. After strong wing-play from Newcastle United’s Moussa Sissoko down the right, his cross was met superbly by Payet whose shot thundered off the crossbar for what would have been the goal of the group stages so far. It wasn’t to be for France and the Swiss deserved to come away from the game with a point after a valiant display. Both sides rotated their squads well and will be focussed on preparing for tough 2nd round games in a European Championships that looks to be the most competitive of the modern era.

Man of the Match: Yann Sommer
Best: Paul Pogba, Moussa Sissoko, Antione Griezmann, Yann Sommer, Ricardo RodríguezFabian Schär

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