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Stalemate takes Swiss through with France

Published: Sunday 19 June 2016, 21.45CET
Switzerland 0-0 France
The hosts struck the woodwork three times, through Paul Pogba – twice – and Dimitri Payet, but the draw ensured both teams went through.
by Andrew Haslam at Stade Pierre Mauroy

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Match statistics

SwitzerlandFrance

Goals scored0
 
0
Possession (%)58
 
42
Total attempts6
 
13
on target0
4
off target3
 
3
blocked3
 
6
against woodwork0
2
Corners5
 
10
Offsides4
 
0
Yellow cards0
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed9
 
10
Fouls suffered10
 
8

Standings

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Pts: Points   
Last updated: 16/06/2017 10:40 CET
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Published: Sunday 19 June 2016, 21.45CET

Stalemate takes Swiss through with France

Switzerland 0-0 France
The hosts struck the woodwork three times, through Paul Pogba – twice – and Dimitri Payet, but the draw ensured both teams went through.

  • France and Switzerland finish first and second in Group A after drawing in Lille
  • Paul Pogba strikes the crossbar twice for Les Bleus early on
  • Substitute Dimitri Payet is also denied by the woodwork
  • Group winners France play one of the four best third-placed teams in last 16 on 26 June in Lyon
  • Switzerland, runners-up, take on Group C runners-up in first round of 16 tie, in Saint-Etienne on 25 June


Hosts France and Switzerland both reached the round of 16 as a goalless draw in Lille assured them of first and second place respectively in UEFA EURO 2016 Group A.

France had needed late goals to beat both Romania and Albania and nearly gave themselves an early deficit to retrieve as Fabian Schär's flick from a corner was almost touched in by Paul Pogba at the far post.

Pogba was quickly involved at the other end, firing in a shot from distance that nearly caught out Yann Sommer; only the top of the crossbar spared the goalkeeper's blushes after he had fumbled.

Pogba happy with top spot for France

Seconds later, the Switzerland No1 sprang to his left to tip a fierce, angled Pogba drive behind, but he was helpless again in the 17th minute as the Juventus midfielder surged forward and thumped in a 25-metre effort that again struck the woodwork.

The next clear chance took until the 57th minute to arrive, Antoine Griezmann brilliantly exchanging passes with André-Pierre Gignac before letting fly a shot that Sommer palmed behind.

With the pace of the game dropping, a draw seemed on the cards, but no one had told Moussa Sissoko. The midfielder broke through three challenges on the right and delivered a deep cross that found Dimitri Payet in space, the substitute smacking a volley off the bar.

Switzerland held out, however, ensuring the celebrations at the end would be shared.

Man of the match: Yann Sommer (Switzerland)
The Swiss goalkeeper got away with one early on as the crossbar rescued him, but was largely flawless thereafter, making one excellent stop to deny Pogba and looking assured thereafter. Has kept two clean sheets in three matches.

Pogba with a point to prove
Dropped for the matchday two win against Albania, Pogba was restored to the starting line-up here and began in thrilling style. He could have easily had three goals within the first 20 minutes, having been switched to the left of a three-man midfield by Didier Deschamps. He faded somewhat after that, but remained the game's most likely source of inspiration.

France's strength in depth
Deschamps rested N'Golo Kanté, Payet, Olivier Giroud and Blaise Matuidi from his XI, yet there was no sign of the French attacks lacking understanding. Gignac played the Giroud role, holding the ball up to bring team-mates into play, while his goal on matchday two has clearly done Griezmann's confidence good.

Swiss need more than set pieces
Switzerland came into the match with both their goals at the tournament having come from corners, and set-pieces again seemed their most likely source of reward. Vladimir Petković brought in Breel Embolo for Haris Seferović as the lone striker, but needs his attack to show more threat from open play in the knockout stage.

Embolo 'proud' as Switzerland make history

Team reporters' views from Stade Pierre Mauroy
Matthew Howarth, Switzerland (@UEFAcomMattH)
The draw seals Switzerland's place in the knockout rounds for the first time. If the Nati rode their luck at times, with Pogba and substitute Payet striking the woodwork, Petković's side were good value for the point. The 52-year-old will be pleased with Embolo's display too: the Basel youngster could have opened the scoring in the first half and caused the French defence plenty of problems with his speed and strength.

David Crossan, France (@UEFAcomDavidC)
Pogba illuminated the first half, rattling the crossbar twice and showcasing his outstanding technique on his recall. Yohan Cabaye and Sissoko also proved they are more than able deputies in midfield, while Payet nearly won it off the bench. Deschamps will be pleased with his squad men and another defensive shut-out. Understandably the intensity dropped a touch towards the end with a point fine for both teams.

Last updated: 12/07/16 17.35CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000448/match=2017893/postmatch/report/index.html#swiss+join+france+last

Lineups

Switzerland

Switzerland

France

France

1
SommerYann Sommer (GK)
1
LlorisHugo Lloris (GK) (C)
2
LichtsteinerStephan Lichtsteiner (C)
3
EvraPatrice Evra
7
EmboloBreel Embolo
Substitution74
4
RamiAdil Rami
Yellow Card25
10
XhakaGranit Xhaka
6
CabayeYohan Cabaye
11
BehramiValon Behrami
7
GriezmannAntoine Griezmann
Substitution77
13
RodríguezRicardo Rodríguez
10
GignacAndré-Pierre Gignac
15
DžemailiBlerim Džemaili
15
PogbaPaul Pogba
18
MehmediAdmir Mehmedi
Substitution86
18
SissokoMoussa Sissoko
20
DjourouJohan Djourou
19
SagnaBacary Sagna
22
SchärFabian Schär
20
ComanKingsley Coman
Substitution63
23
ShaqiriXherdan Shaqiri
Substitution79
21
KoscielnyLaurent Koscielny
Yellow Card83

Substitutes

12
HitzMarwin Hitz (GK)
16
MandandaSteve Mandanda (GK)
21
BürkiRoman Bürki (GK)
23
CostilBenoît Costil (GK)
3
MoubandjeFrançois Moubandje
2
JalletChristophe Jallet
4
ElvediNico Elvedi
5
KantéN'Golo Kanté
5
Von BergenSteve von Bergen
8
PayetDimitri Payet
Substitution63
6
M. LangMichael Lang
Substitution86
9
GiroudOlivier Giroud
8
FreiFabian Frei
11
MartialAnthony Martial
9
SeferovićHaris Seferović
Substitution74
12
SchneiderlinMorgan Schneiderlin
14
ZakariaDenis Zakaria
13
MangalaEliaquim Mangala
16
FernandesGelson Fernandes
Substitution79
14
MatuidiBlaise Matuidi
Substitution77
17
TarashajShani Tarashaj
17
DigneLucas Digne
19
DerdiyokEren Derdiyok
22
UmtitiSamuel Umtiti

Coach

Vladimir Petković (SUI) Didier Deschamps (FRA)

Referee

Damir Skomina (SVN)

Assistant referees

Jure Praprotnik (SVN), Robert Vukan (SVN)

Fourth official

Marco Fritz (GER)

Additional assistant referees

Matej Jug (SVN), Slavko Vinčić (SVN)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution