Goalless Draw Puts France And Switzerland Through To Next Stage

Goalless Draw Puts France And Switzerland Through To Next Stage

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By Rebecca Mensah Dip 1 B

Hosts France and Switzerland both reached  round 16 of Euro 2016 as a goalless draw in Lille assured them of first and second place respectively in Group A.

France needed late goals to beat both Romania and Albania and nearly gave themselves an early deficit to retrieve as Fabian Schär's flick from a corner and was almost touched in by Paul Pogba at the far post.

Pogba was quickly involved at the right end, firing in a shot from distance that nearly caught out Yann Sommer; only the top of the crossbar spared the goalkeeper's blushes after he had fumbled.

Seconds later, the Switzerland No1 sprang to his left to flick a fierce, angled Pogba drive behind, but he was helpless again in the 17th minute as the Juventus midfielder drove forward and thumped in a 25-metre effort that again struck the woodwork.

The next clear chance took until the 57th minute to arrive, Antoine Griezmann brilliantly exchanging passes with André-Pierre Gignac before driving in a shot that Sommer palmed behind.

With the pace of the game dropping, a draw seemed on the cards, but no one had told Moussa Sissoko. The midfielder broke through three challenges on the right and delivered a deep cross that found Dimitri Payet in space, the substitute smacking a shot off the bar. Switzerland held out, however, ensuring the celebrations at the end would be shared.

Credit: Uefa.com

 

 

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