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Final tournament - Group stage - Group E

Ecuador - France
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France win group with Ecuador stalemate

Published: Wednesday 25 June 2014, 23.55CET
Ecuador 0-0 France
This stalemate confirmed Les Bleus as Group E winners, with a last-16 tie against Nigeria the reward for Didier Deschamps' side.

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Match statistics

Ecuador
France

0

Goals scored

0

8

Total attempts

16

3

Attempts on target

9

4

off target

4

3

blocked

9

0

against woodwork

0

1

Corners

7

1

Offsides

2

1

Yellow cards

0

1

Red Cards

0

14

Fouls committed

7

7

Fouls suffered

13

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Standings

Last updated: 26/06/2014 01:06 CET

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Pts: Points   
  
Published: Wednesday 25 June 2014, 23.55CET

France win group with Ecuador stalemate

Ecuador 0-0 France
This stalemate confirmed Les Bleus as Group E winners, with a last-16 tie against Nigeria the reward for Didier Deschamps' side.

France advanced assuredly into the FIFA World Cup round of 16 after a 0-0 draw with an Ecuador team who played most of the second half reduced to ten men.

With two victories already to their name, Didier Deschamps' men began and ended the final Group E matchday top of the pile, this Rio de Janeiro stalemate giving them a one-point finishing advantage over Switzerland who came in second. Their reward will be a tie against Group F runners-up Nigeria.

A French side showing six changes from last Friday's 5-2 win against the Swiss largely controlled first-half proceedings at the Maracana. When goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez grasped at thin air, Karim Benzema was unable to meet Bacary Sagna's inviting right-wing cross.

Dominguez at least tipped over a Paul Pogba header as half-time approached. Moments later Enner Valencia – who earlier led perhaps Ecuador's best counterattack only to be thwarted by an outrushing Hugo Lloris – drew a low save from the France goalkeeper with a back-post header.

The lively finish to the opening period perhaps betrayed the fact that, with Switzerland comfortably ahead against Honduras in the other group fixture, Reinaldo Rueda's team now required a victory to progress. It was France, though, who hit the woodwork seconds into the second half, Dominguez touching Antoine Griezmann's near-post flick from Sagna's dangerous centre onto the crossbar.

The contest did change inexorably after 50 minutes, however, when Ecuador captain Antonio Valencia, of Manchester United FC, was red-carded following a challenge on Lucas Digne. Even so, the South American side did muster a three-on-two raid culminating in a wayward finish by Christian Noboa.

Blaise Matuidi, on the hour, elicited another stop from Dominguez from Benzema's pass, before Pogba – from yet another fine Sagna delivery – nodded back across goal and wide. Remarkably, it was the ten men of Ecuador who came again, with Michael Arroyo blazing wide and Renato Ibarra testing Lloris. Dominguez also faced some late frights, denying Benzema, Loïc Rémy and Olivier Giroud, and then seeing Pogba go close.

Last updated: 26/06/14 0.59CET

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