Final tournament - Group stage (Group A) - 19/06/2016 - 21:00CET (21:00 local time) - Stade Pierre Mauroy - Villeneuve d'Ascq
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Preview: Switzerland v France

Published: Sunday 19 June 2016, 10.00CET
France have a last-16 berth in the bag but it is not enough for Didier Deschamps, who will settle for nothing less than top spot in Group A as he eyes an open game against Switzerland.
Preview: Switzerland v France
Didier Deschamps speaks ahead of France's Group A match against Switzerland ©Getty Images

Tournament statistics

SwitzerlandFrance

Goals scored3
 
13
Possession (%)58
 
42
Total attempts71
 
121
on target20
 
43
off target25
 
42
blocked26
 
36
against woodwork2
 
6
Corners29
 
48
Offsides17
 
9
Yellow cards6
 
13
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed53
 
73
Fouls suffered55
 
70

Press kits

  • Match press kit (local language)
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Published: Sunday 19 June 2016, 10.00CET

Preview: Switzerland v France

France have a last-16 berth in the bag but it is not enough for Didier Deschamps, who will settle for nothing less than top spot in Group A as he eyes an open game against Switzerland.

  • France take on Switzerland needing a point to clinch first place in Group A
  • Didier Deschamps' side have beaten Romania and Albania with late goals
  • Switzerland (4 points) will finish first with a win or second with a draw
  • André-Pierre Gignac set to start as France ring the changes ... but not too much
  • Switzerland have yet to win a competitive game against France (W0 D3 L2)

Possible line-ups
Switzerland:
Sommer; Lichtsteiner, Schär, Djourou, Rodríguez; Behrami, Džemaili, Xhaka; Shaqiri, Seferović, Mehmedi.
Misses next match if booked: Behrami, Schär, Xhaka, Embolo

France: Lloris; Sagna, Rami, Koscielny, Evra/Digne; Pogba, Cabaye, Matuidi/Sissoko; Griezmann, Gignac, Payet.
Misses next match if booked: Giroud, Kanté

Coach quotes
Vladimir Petković, Switzerland
We're not really thinking too much about our 5-2 defeat by France at the World Cup two years ago. We're certainly not looking for revenge. We're focusing on the present – that's all that counts.

Xhaka: Switzerland have to improve

We want to show France that we can play football just as well as them. Yes, we might get a couple of opportunities from set pieces which we can take advantage of, but we also want to show them that we can play football.

I don't think France are 100% calm either. They can still lose first place to us and we are going to do everything to achieve this against the favourites in our group. Maybe the favourites for the European Championship.

Didier Deschamps, France
I could rotate things. All my players are available, but there are a number of different criteria to consider. I have to pick a team to make sure we secure top spot. That's our aim.

We should have more freedom against Switzerland due to their style of play. Playing against an ultra-defensive side is very difficult. Switzerland have a team that like to play football so it might be an open game.

Dimitri Payet has worked very hard and he's been rewarded. There are certain players who make a difference, but beyond the individual aspect it is the squad and their mindset that is crucial. It's quite nice what's happening to Payet at the moment – he deserves it.

UEFA.com team reporters
Matt Howarth, Switzerland (@UEFAcomMattH)
This game has been billed as the 'Group A final' in the Swiss media, with the Nati still needing one more point to guarantee their place in the knockout stage. Do not expect Petković to park the proverbial bus at the Stade Pierre Mauroy, however – on the contrary, the 52-year-old has urged his players to "end the group stage in style" by beating the tournament hosts on Sunday.

The day at EURO: See how France left it late to beat Albania

David Crossan, France (@UEFAcomDavidC)
I back Deschamps's reshuffled France side to obtain the result they require to top the section. Playing 4-3-3 from the start will help Les Bleus. Those coming in have bags of international experience, while the recalled Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann will be itching to prove themselves. André-Pierre Gignac was a handful off the bench against Albania and scored on his last start against Russia in March, while an improving defence will bid for a third clean sheet in four outings.

Form guide (all competitions, most recent first)
Switzerland: DWWLLLWLWW
France
: WWWWWWLWWW

Did you know?
Two Swiss clubs have played UEFA competition games in Lille – Basel lost 2-0 to Lille in the UEFA Cup round of 32 in February 2005, while Grasshoppers held LOSC 1-1 in UEFA Champions League qualifying in August 2014. Swiss international Michael Lang played for the visitors in the latter game. Find out more in our extensive match background.

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