Nothing that happens this evening could dislodge Costa Rica from deservedly hogging tomorrow’s headlines for beating Italy a little earlier, but this evening’s match between Switzerland and France promises to be an entertaining one, as well. Both of these two teams won their opening match, so a just about guaranteed place in the next round of the competition is the prize for the winners of this match, and here are tonight’s teams:
FRANCE: Lloris (c), Debuchy, Evra, Varane, Sakho, Cabaye, Valbuena, Giroud, Benzema, Matuidi, Sissoko
SWITZERLAND: Benaglio, Lichtsteiner, Von Bergen, Inler (c), Seferovic, Xhaka, Behrami, Rodriguez, Mehmedi, Djourou, Shaqiri
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And that’s about that, I suppose. What an absolutely superb game, and it feels weirdly approriate that it should have taken place on a Friday evening. The players certainly seem to have been letting their hair down for the weekend.
England are out and yet, the World Cup continues.
What a magnificently ridiculous game that was. I have almost no idea what just happened.
Alas, France’s sixth goal is ruled out as the referee – Clive Thomas – blows for full time a split second beforehand. So France only win 5-2. Dismal.
The referee that day was Faultless http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Austria_v_Switzerland_(1954)
Of course, Switzerland lost 5-7 to Austria in 1954.
The defending in this match has been a little on the questionable side.
5-3 would be a good final score.
5-5 would be better.
6-5 has happened before – Brazil vs Poland, in 1938.
GOAL! Xhaka scores for Switzerland this time, who are surely going to win 6-5
GOAL! Switzerland’s fightback continues after a low free-kick by Blerim Dzemaili. Who has a good name. 5-1
France, I am pleased to note, are pushing hard for this to happen. They’ve had three good efforts in the last minute.
There’s something so SATISFYING about watching a good thrashing. It does the soul good. Let’s have three or four more.
France are purring along now, this is the best performance I’ve seen from them in years and years. Sissoko makes it 5-0. Paul Pogba coming on seems to have given them second wind. Or wind. LE MISTRAL.
Sur le pont D’Avignon.
A score like, say, France 7-0 Switzerland sounds like it should be straight out of the 1938 World Cup or something.
CINQ YOU VERY MUCH.
Senderos is at fault there, fans of Aston Villa will be relishing his partnership with rock solid Ron Vlaar next season.
Switzerland, defending beautifully now, concede a fourth. And it’s Karim Benzema. GOAL!
not to mention irresponsible.
you can’t give a child a lighter, it’s VERY dangerous.
Needs a light.
Lord, that photograph is making me laugh
Pres-que quatre pour La France, la.
(I’ll be quiet)
Good god. I had to go back and change that about four times, and it’s probably STILL wrong.
Nous avons recommence avec la deuxieme demie. La France attaque de gauche a droit. Ils portent les maillots blancs, les shorts bleu et les chausettes blanches.
I think it’s possible that Olivier Giroud’s haircut is the result of a bet. Which he SURELY lost.
I could go an episode of Wattoo Wattoo tonight.
If you’re not careful, I’ll embed another episode of Wattoo Wattoo here.
I think we should dedicate the next 45 minutes to Scenes From French Life.
Un, deux, trois.
Very easy for France, that first half.
HALF TIME: France 119-0 Switzerland.
Switzerland were again getting a foothold in the game so it was inevitable that France would score. Giroud plays Valbuena in and it’s 3-0. D’habitude.
This match is now turning into a rich seam of farce. Benzema becomes the first man to miss a penalty kick at this World Cup, only for Yohan Cabaye to expansively volley the rebound into the frame of the goal when a tap-in would do.
Switzerland are getting back into the game, though. And as I type that, France get a penalty. Deep analysis, yet again.
Xherdan Shaqiri just opportunistically followed up a long range shot which Loris parried. He then proceeded to slice it pitifully wide, thus causing gales of laughter in the stands.
Switzerland just score the most offside goal in some time. Meanwhile, people wear cheese on their heads.
Benzema looking sulky as he has not yet scored. French players really don’t DO teamwork, do they?
Actually, this is pretty funny. 20 seconds later and Matuidi has scored. 2-0 to France. Zut alors.
GOAL! AND ANOTHER ONE!
Although to be fair to Oliver Giroud, he just headed a goal right off his face into the goal. 1-0 to France. Allez.
I am.. no, wait, WHAT?
This match is like Arsenal B versus Arsenal C
Phillippe Senderos is about to come on for a Swiss man who is full of holes. This is bad news for France, as it will make Switzerland’s defence completely impenetrable.
Matterface: “The last three games between Switzerland and France have all been draws…just three goals between them.” That’s not possible, is it?
For tonight’s blog I think I will commentate on shots in the way that TV commentators do. I will start thusly:
I didn’t even consider how very clever I was for linking “off-piste” with a Switzerland match, there.
So yeah, anyway, I think I’ve started lactating.
I’m all in favour for going off-piste at all times. It’s only bloody FOOTBALL, after all.
Are we going off-piste this evening? I want to go off-piste this evening.
I missed the bloody Marseillaise this evening. We’re going to spin back on the PVR and watch it in a bit. I may even stand and salute for it.
I think the word for that, is “rousing”
The Swiss are about to crash and burn in this Battle Of The Anthems.
OPEN WIDE FOR SOME SOCCER