21 Jun 2014

FIFA World Cup 2014: Switzerland vs France 25th Match in Pictures

 Forwards Olivier Giroud and Karim Benzema each scored one goal and created another as a rampant France blew away Switzerland 5-2 Friday to take control of Group E and all but seal a place in the next round.

Giroud and Blasie Matuidi scored a minute apart and Mathieu Valbuena added another to give France a 3-0 halftime lead.

Benzema made up for a first-half penalty miss with a poacher's finish in the 67th, and then turned provider for Moussa Sissoko, who made it 5-0 with a neat side-footed effort in the 73rd.

France's midfielder Moussa Sissoko celebrates scoring his team's fifth goal during a Group E football match between Switzerland and France at the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Football fans pose during a Group E football match between Switzerland and France at the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador.

Swiss fans wait outside the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador.

France's defender Mamadou Sakho (C) jumps for the ball.

France's forward Karim Benzema reacts after scoring his team's fourth goal.

France's forward Karim Benzema scores against Switzerland's goalkeeper Diego Benaglio.

France's forward Olivier Giroud reacts after scoring his team's first goal.

France's midfielder Mathieu Valbuena (L) vies with Switzerland's defender Philippe Senderos.

France's midfielder Mathieu Valbuena celebrates after scoring a goal.

France's supporters cheer while watching a Group E football match between Switzerland and France on a giant screen in Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro.

French fans wear masks depecting France's President Francois Hollande and former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn before a Group E football match between Switzerland.

Swiss fan reacts before a Group E football match between Switzerland and France.

Switzerland's German coach Ottmar Hitzfeld (L) reacts during a Group E football match between Switzerland and France.

Switzerland's midfielder Granit Xhaka celebrates after scoring a goal.

Switzerland's midfielder Granit Xhaka kicks the ball.

Switzerland's midfielder Valentin Stocker kicks the ball.

Switzerland's midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri reacts after match.
(AFP Photo)

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