26 Jun 2014

FIFA World Cup 2014: Ecuador vs France 42th Match in Pictures

Glass half full, or half empty? After the 0-0 draw between Ecuador and France in Rio, each team had reason to argue that question.

France, which had scored eight goals in its first two games, fiddled and faddled, and while the French peppered the Ecuadorian defense constantly, their shots either skittered wide of the net, or went tamely straight at the goalkeeper, or deflected off defenders. Thus they failed to win all three games of their group — but they won the group, and move on to play Nigeria in the Round of 16. They didn’t need to win this game.

Jennifer Giroud (R) wife of France's forward Olivier Giroud and Marie Cecile (C) girlfriend of France's midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin attend the football match between Ecuador and France at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Ecuador's defender Juan Paredes (2nd L) challenges France's midfielder Moussa Sissoko.

A general view of the stadium is pictured before the start of a match between Ecuador and France.

Ecuador's midfielder Walter Ayovi (R) challenges France's defender Bakary Sagna.

Ludivine Sagna, the wife of France's defender Bacary Sagna waves prior to match between Ecuador and France.

French supporter poses prior to the start of a Group E football match between Ecuador and France.

Arsenal French manager Arsene Wenger attends the match between Ecuador and France.

Ecuador's defender Jorge Guagua, France's forward Olivier Giroud and Ecuador's defender Frickson Erazo vie for the ball.

Ecuador fans are pictured before the match between Ecuador and France.

Ecuador's forward Enner Valencia (L) and France's midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin vie for the ball.

Ecuador's goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez (R) defends his goal from France's forward Karim Benzema.

Ecuador's midfielder Michael Arroyo reacts during the Group E football match between Ecuador and France.

Football fans react during the FIFA World Cup 2014 football match between France and Ecuador at a bar in Paris.

France's defender Lucas Digne kicks the ball.

Ecuador supporter cheers prior to the start of match between Ecuador and France.

France's defender Lucas Digne (bottom) lies on the ground following a tackle which resulted in a red card for Ecuador's Antonio Valencia.

France's defender Mamadou Sakho in action.

France's forward Karim Benzema in action.

France's forward Olivier Giroud (L) and Ecuador's defender Jorge Guagua vie for the ball.

France's midfielder Paul Pogba gestures to the crowd after drawing 0-0 at the end of the match.

Spectators react as they watch the FIFA World Cup 2014 football match between France and Ecuador on a screen in central Paris.

Supporters walk toward the Maracana Stadium prior to the start of a match.
(AFP Photo)

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