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Le Tallec seals French passage

Published: Friday 7 October 2005, 20.50CET
Switzerland 0-3 France A hat-trick from Anthony Le Tallec put René Girard's side through to the play-offs as Group 4 winners.
by Marco Keller
Published: Friday 7 October 2005, 20.50CET

Le Tallec seals French passage

Switzerland 0-3 France A hat-trick from Anthony Le Tallec put René Girard's side through to the play-offs as Group 4 winners.

France sealed their passage to the 2006 UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-offs as an impressive hat-trick from Anthony Le Tallec gave them a 3-0 win against Switzerland in Schaffhausen.

Indecisive defending
The Swiss proved to be no match for René Girard's side, conceding a first goal after just nine minutes when Le Tallec exploited some indecisive defending. A blunder by defender Steve von Bergen then gifted the striker his second goal six minutes before the interval.

Impressive hat-trick
Liverpool FC striker Le Tallec, who is currently on loan with their Premiership rivals Sunderland AFC, completed his haul for the night with a 77th-minute strike but could easily have had a fourth had another shot not cannoned off the crossbar.

Girard impressed
"We were very impressive in the second half - we controlled the ball very well," Girard said after the game. "The third goal was the killer. The boys have put in an exemplary performance. I didn't expect it to be so easy. When I see us playing like this, I can't see how anyone could handle us."

Final chance
France are now sure to win the group as they look ahead to their final fixture against Cyprus on Tuesday, but Switzerland can still join them if they win their final qualifier in the Republic of Ireland on the same night. A win would put them level on points with Israel, who have already completed their campaign, but a superior head-to-head record would count in Switzerland's favour.

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.03CET

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Lineups

Switzerland

Switzerland

France

France

1
BenaglioDiego Benaglio (GK)
1
GavanonJérémy Gavanon (GK)
2
LichtsteinerStephan Lichtsteiner
2
SagnaBacary Sagna
3
BühlerArnaud Bühler
Yellow Card16
3
BerthodJérémy Berthod
Yellow Card5
4
Von BergenSteve von Bergen
4
ZubarRonald Zubar
5
RochatAlain Rochat (C)
5
FatyJacques Faty
6
SchweglerPirmin Schwegler
Yellow Card68
6
MavubaRio Mavuba (C)
7
CallàDavide Callà
Substitution62
7
FaubertJulien Faubert
Substitution78
8
MargairazXavier Margairaz
Yellow Card72
8
ToulalanJérémy Toulalan
9
D. DegenDavid Degen
9
BriandJimmy Briand
10
ZambrellaFabrizio Zambrella
Substitution46
10
RibéryFranck Ribéry
Yellow Card53
11
ZieglerReto Ziegler
Substitution81
11
Le TallecAnthony Le Tallec
Goal9
Goal39
Goal77
Substitution85

Substitutes

12
LeoniJohnny Leoni (GK)
16
MandandaSteve Mandanda (GK)
16
BaykalKulaksizoglu Baykal
Substitution81
18
Sinama PongolleFlorent Sinama Pongolle
Substitution85
17
MarazziDavid Marazzi
Substitution62
19
L. DiarraLassana Diarra
Substitution78
19
TsimbaCédric Tsimba
Substitution46
12
ClichyGaël Clichy
14
StahelFlorian Stahel
13
PerquisDamien Perquis
15
MaricMijat Maric
14
BergougnouxBryan Bergougnoux
18
SchneuwlyMarco Schneuwly
15
DebuchyMathieu Debuchy

Coach

Bernard Challandes (SUI) René Girard (FRA)

Referee

Paolo Dondarini (ITA)

Assistant referees

Luca Maggiani (ITA), Renato Faverani (ITA)

Fourth official

Stefano Cassara (ITA)

Legend:

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution