Switzerland hang on against France

Switzerland qualified for the round of 16 and France secured top spot in Group A after the sides drew 0-0 at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on Sunday night.

  • France 0 Switzerland 0
  • Hosts start well
  • Pogba excellent throughout
  • Payet and Pogba hit crossbar
  • Swiss hang on for unlikely draw

Match Summary

France, and especially Paul Pogba, began the match looking like they had a point to prove and 23-year-old had three good chances to put his side ahead in the first half but, despite their early dominance, the teams would go into half time deadlocked at 0-0.

It was more of the same in the second half as the hosts pushed and pushed for a winner, but not even the introduction of Dimitri Payet as a substitute was enough to breach the dogged Swiss defence led by an excellent performance from goalkeeper Yann Sommer.

Full Report

After two fairly labored starts to their previous European Championship Group A matches, the French looked determined to get themselves ahead early on against Switzerland.

The first chance fell to Pogba after Andre-Pierre Gignac did brilliantly to hold the ball up before laying it on for the Juventus playmaker. He took a touch before unleashing a curling shot that almost got the better of Sommer in the Switzerland goal, who managed to tip it just over the bar.

A minute later Pogba was at it again after using his skill to make room for a shot, he sent a powerful left-footed drive towards the bottom corner, but he was denied by a terrific diving save from Sommer.

France continued to pressure and Pogba was ever so unlucky not to give his the lead after Switzerland gave him way too much space in midfield and he hit an unstoppable dipping shot from at least 40-yards out, but it unfortunately hit the crossbar.

The half time interval broke the hosts momentum and the Swiss looked much better at the start of the second period, but were unable to turn their spell of possession into anything meaningful against the resolute French defence.

The home side soon found their feet again and began to pressure. Gignac had the first chance, cutting in off the left wing before hitting a low shot, but it was straight at Sommer who made an easy save.

Antoine Griezmann then played a neat one-two with the striker to get some space at the top of the area to hit his shot, which was tipped over the bar by the Swiss shot stopper.

Dimitri Payet was then introduced off the bench to provide the spark needed to give his side another late win and he had an almost instant impact hitting the crossbar with a beautifully struck long-range effort.

There is no question of the three Group A games played, this was France’s most impressive performances but, unlike the two games before, they were unable to find a goal and Switzerland clung on for a 0-0 draw to secure their progress to the round of 16 while France top the group.