Les Bleus Denied By Woodwork Twice As France And Switzerland Play Out Goalless Stalemate That Sees France Top Group A Whilst Switzerland Progress Into European Championship Knock-out Stages For First Time

UEFA Euro 2016

Group A

June 19th

Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille, France

switzerland 0-0 france

Hosts France drew 0-0 with Switzerland at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Lille to secure top spot in Group A with the Swiss also progressing into the knock-out stages of the European Championships for the very first time.

There was nothing to separate the two sides after 90 minutes although the woodwork twice to came to Switzerland’s rescue to deny first, Paul Pogba and then substitute Dimitri Payet.

Despite France dominating the game, it was Switzerland who had the first sight of goal in the seventh minute when a Xherdan Shaqiri corner was flicked-on by Fabian Schär and Pogba was forced to clear the danger before Johan Djourou could make contact at the back-post.

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Switzerland go close with Johan Djourou unable to divert Fabian Schär’s header

Four minutes later, France went close when André-Pierre Gignac found Pogba who curled an effort on goal that Yann Sommer had to tip over the bar.

A minute later, Pogba went close again. After Kingsley Coman miscued an effort, the youngster found Pogba whose sliced volley was terrifically palmed away by Sommer.

Four minutes later, France nearly took the lead and Pogba was involved again. The Juventus midfielder controlled the ball before rattling the bar with a strike from-range which had Sommer rooted to the spot.

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Paul Pogba rattles the bar from-range with Yann Sommer rooted to the spot. Image from: Getty

In the 20th minute, Switzerland went close when Admir Mehmedi cut inside to curl an effort just over the bar although Hugo Lloris had it covered.

Switzerland started the second-half well, but despite that, France went close to taking the lead. Pogba did well to keep possession before finding Antoine Griezmann who exchanged passes with Gignac before the Atlético Madrid forward forced Sommer into a good save with a powerful strike which the keeper had to tip over the bar.

In the 75th minute, France nearly went ahead. Moussa Sissoko made an absolutely fantastic run before teeing up substitute Dimitri Payet at the back-post whose volley smacked the underside of the bar with Sommer beaten again.

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Dimitri Payet is denied his third tournament goal after his volley hits the underside of the crossbar. Image from: Reuters

Four minutes later, Payet went close again when he sliced a volley narrowly wide of the far-post after a pass from Pogba.

There was one last chance for Les Bleus when Schär was penalised for handball just outside the area. Payet stepped up to take the freekick but his effort hit his own man.

In the first minute of stoppage-time, Switzerland thought they should have had a penalty when Bacary Sagna hauled down Blerim Džemaili after pulling the Swiss midfielder’s shirt, however, astonishingly the referee was unmoved and told Džemaili to get to his feet.

That was the last action of the match as both sides progressed into the knock-out stages of the European Championships.

The result meant that France top the group with seven points, Switzerland join them in the knock-out stages on five points. Albania are third with three points and will have to wait and see if they are one of the lucky third-placed teams to progress whilst Romania on one point, bow out.

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