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French force subdued by Swiss

Published: Friday 25 March 2005, 22.43CET
France 1-1 Switzerland Bernard Challandes' side drop their first points but return to the top of Group 4.
Published: Friday 25 March 2005, 22.43CET

French force subdued by Swiss

France 1-1 Switzerland Bernard Challandes' side drop their first points but return to the top of Group 4.

By Christian Isnard

France dropped their first points of the 2006 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying campaign but still returned to the top of Group 4 despite being held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland.

Faubert fillip
With Israel taking over at the top of the standings after a 3-1 win against the Republic of Ireland earlier in the day, Bernard Challandes' side had slipped to second. However, the French took the lead at the Stade de l'Aube, home of ES Troyes Aube Champagne, just before the hour as FC Girondins de Bordeaux striker Julien Faubert put the home team in front.

Zambrella equaliser
Just eight minutes later it was all square again, however, Brescia Calcio midfield player Fabrizio Zambrella shooting high into the net to level the scores. René Girard's visiting side pressed hard for a winner in the closing stages, but neither team could make the decisive breakthrough.

Pivotal encounter
France therefore moved on to ten points from four games, above the Israelis on head-to-head record only although having played a game fewer. The Swiss, meanwhile, are third on five points from three matches, and next face Cyprus on Tuesday, with France travelling to Israel the same day.

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.33CET

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Lineups

France

France

Switzerland

Switzerland

1
GavanonJérémy Gavanon (GK)
1
BenaglioDiego Benaglio (GK)
2
SagnaBacary Sagna
2
LichtsteinerStephan Lichtsteiner
3
BerthodJérémy Berthod
Yellow Card45+2
3
RochatAlain Rochat (C)
4
ZubarRonald Zubar
4
Von BergenSteve von Bergen
5
FatyJacques Faty (C)
5
BühlerArnaud Bühler
6
BourillonGrégory Bourillon
6
ShalaRijat Shala
Yellow Card26
7
FaubertJulien Faubert
Goal57
7
BehramiValon Behrami
8
RibéryFranck Ribéry
8
BaykalKulaksizoglu Baykal
Substitution90+2
9
GraxSébastien Grax
Substitution83
9
D. DegenDavid Degen
Substitution83
10
BergougnouxBryan Bergougnoux
Substitution27
10
MargairazXavier Margairaz
11
DidotÉtienne Didot
11
ZambrellaFabrizio Zambrella
Goal66
Substitution87

Substitutes

16
MandandaSteve Mandanda (GK)
12
LeoniJohnny Leoni (GK)
12
MathieuJérémy Mathieu
Substitution67
16
BühlerManuel Bühler
Substitution87
17
Le TallecAnthony Le Tallec
Substitution27
Substitution67
17
CallaDavide Calla
Substitution83
18
GigliottiDavid Gigliotti
Substitution83
18
DzemailiBlerim Dzemaili
Substitution90+2
13
EbondoAlbin Ebondo
14
MaricMijat Maric
14
AubeyLucien Aubey
15
SchweglerChristian Schwegler
19
ClichyGaël Clichy
19
WeberNicolas Weber

Coach

René Girard (FRA) Bernard Challandes (SUI)

Referee

Dick J.H. van Egmond (NED)

Assistant referees

Hans Ten Hoove (NED), Richard Slot (NED)

Fourth official

Fred Sterk (NED)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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