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20/06/14 Reverse order Timestamp format


  1. Good evening all, and welcome to the continuing Live Blog coverage of United players at the World Cup on RoM. Patrice Evra and his French cohorts take on perhaps the strongest Swiss team ever to represent at the World Cup Finals. Should be an intriguing game, the winner is almost gaurenteed to qualify for the next stage, and as group winners to boot

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  2. Team news to follow

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  3. France: Lloris, Debuchy, Evra, Cabaye, Varane, Sakho, Sissoko, Matuidi, Giroud, Valbuena, Benzema

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  4. Subs: Cabella, Griezmann, Mavuba, Mangala, Sagna, Ruffier, Digne, Pogba, Remy, Koscielny, Schneiderlin, Landreau

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  5. Some surprising team selections there, as Griezman and Pogba drop to the bench. Evra retains his place at left back as expected

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  6. Switzerland: Benaglio, Lichtsteiner, Rodriguez, Inler, Djourou, Von Bergen, Shaqiri, Behrami, Seferovic, Xhaka, Mehmedi

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  7. Subs: Benaglio, Lichtsteiner, Rodriguez, Inler, Djourou, Von Bergen, Shaqiri, Behrami, Seferovic, Xhaka, Mehmedi

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  8. While both countries will fancy their chances of progression even in defeat tonight, with the prospect of the group winner likely avoiding Argentina in the next round, there's even more riding on the game tonight. Björn Kuipers is the referee

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  9. Switzerland to get things underway in Salvador

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  10. United continue to be linked to Luke Shaw of Southampton, but that hasn't stopped Patrice Evra from renewing his contract for a further season. If the rumours are true, his chances of remaining a first team regular are cast into doubt, so this World Cup is a useful opportunity to show new manager Van Gaal why his experience should be utilized to its fullest next season

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  11. Benzema brightens up an otherwise insipid start to the game with a dangerous curling effort which floats just wide of Benaglio's left hand post. Neither team have managed to stamp their authority on the game to that point

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  12. Giroud catches Von Bergen in the air, who looks to have been genuinely hurt by that challenge. Hard to tell with all the play acting these days! Blood seems to have been drawn though, and it seems like he might not be able to play any further part in the game

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  13. He's on his feet, but blood is pouring from his eye and he looks incredibly groggy. He does well to stagger off the pitch as Senderos comes on to replace

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  14. Evra is in the Switzerland half, and wins the ball back for France with a sharp challenge. Cabeye picks the ball up and makes a mess of it with a wayward crossfield pass, which Debuchy can't rescue

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  15. The tempo of the game has picked up, but the quality has yet to improve, both teams giving possession away alarming frequently. Evra is really pushing up high down the French left flank, it's an attacking move but it might be music to Shaqiri's ears if Switzerland can get the ball to him, which they've yet to really do

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  16. The Mexican wave has already started with only 15 minutes played, the fans in the stadium clearly glued to the game

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  17. GOAL for FRANCE 1-0

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  18. Maybe they should have paid more attention! France win a corner, Giroud rises highest and hammers the ball home with his head, 1-0 France

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  19. GOAL for FRANCE 2-0

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  20. Blimey I can't keep up! Behrami gives the ball away shockingly to Benzema in his own half, he puts Matuidi through on goal, and slots it near post past the keeper. Game over already?

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  21. Benzema has a wonderful chance to make it three from a deep Cabaye freekick. He's first to meet it, but can only manage a looping header... and it wouldn't have mattered anyway as he's flagged for offside

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  22. Two goals in two minutes has stunned the Swiss here, who simply never found their feet at any point in this match. In fact, only 13 seconds of playing time passed between the first and second goals

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  23. Benaglio didn't cover himself in glory for either goal. Giroud's header was from a fair distance, the keeper got a hand to it but not enough to keep it out. And for the second, Matuidi was clean through, but the finish near post and not fully in the corner was savable. Perhaps being a tad harsh, it certainly wasn't Akinfeev levels of incompetence. Either way, French two goals to the good

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  24. Benzema troubles Benaglio yet again, the Swiss cannot cope with the European Cup winner. That was a toe poked effort and was comfortably saved. One way traffic

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  25. Xhaka has the ball in the back of the net, but he and several other Swiss players are offside as France clear their area quickly following a Shaqiri free kick, initially cleared

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  26. Giroud, chest, turn, volley... way over the bar. Impressive up until the finish

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  27. Shaqiri so close! Mehmedi shoots, Lloris palms it away and into the path of Shaqiri. He looks set to score but it's a wonderful double save from Lloris - although a goal kick is given!

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  28. Switzerland have clearly figured they have nothing to lose in this game now, and the game is suddenly wide open, end to end

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  29. Penalty for France! Benzema wins it, in the penalty area taking on Djourou, he lures his man into a clumsy tackle, and that's a stonewaller

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  30. Incredible! Benzema takes the penalty, great save from Benaglio diving to his right. Cabeye is following in on the rebound and he simply can't miss... but the rattling crossbar says otherwise! How on earth are France not three ahead. Game changing moment?

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  31. That's the first missed penalty of this World Cup I believe, certainly can't think of one prior to this game

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  32. I can't quite get over that rebound miss from Cabeye. The ball had looped up off the keeper, so the pace of the ball wasn't an issue. He did have to take it on the volley, but it was such a simply finish, it's simply incredulous that he didn't convert. At 2-0 up France can brush it off perhaps, but that really should have been the game dead and buried

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  33. If I'm not mentioning Evra that much, it's because his involvement has been relatively limited. The Swiss aren't really threatening down his flank, and when France go forward they're quick to get the ball into Benzema and play off the in -form line leader

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  34. Shaqiri as expected is the lead threat for Switzerland, and since he's switched to the left hand side, he's having more joy. He wins a corner for his nation, which is cleared by Giroud

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  35. GOAL for FRANCE 3-0

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  36. Straight from the clearance, France counter. Giroud bursts forwards, Varane finds him with an exquisite ball down the flank. The swiss can't recover quickly enough, and it's a slide rule pass through to Valbuena who simply can't miss. Frankly even Cabaye might have scored that tap in

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  37. Are France the real deal here, potential World Cup winners? Valbuena nearly pokes him a second, this could be an absolute mullering. Early days still in this tournament (unless you're English or Spanish of course) but France do look incredibly potent coming forward

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  38. France have Valbuena operating down the right flank, Giroud is nominally playing down the left but in truth it's Evra providing the width as the Arsenal forward spends most of his time infield. The referee blows for halftime, and the first half mismatch is at an end. Unless the Swiss can rekindle some of their former defensive prowess, it's pick a number time for the French

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  39. The second half is underway

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  40. Seferovic shoots, but well over. A substitution for the Swiss, Dzemaili is on for Behrami who had a shocking first half, and was particularly culpable for the second French goal

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  41. Senderos manages to deflect a Giroud shot out for a corner. More of the same from the French

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  42. Dreadful corner from the impish Valbuena, doesn't beat the first man

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  43. Ouch, ITV report Von Bergen has a suspected smashed cheekbone and eye socket damage, no wonder he looked such a mess as he came off the pitch injured earlier. Best of luck to him is his recovery, his tournament surely over

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  44. Evra has started the second half much deeper for France, a more more conventional full back position. Deschamps probably feels there is little need to continue pushing on, and just wants to ensure there is no possibility of a fight back

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  45. Giroud clearly looking for more out of this game, but I fear the pattern of everyone accepting the result as it stands has started to settle in. The crowd has gone quieter at the prospect of a second half non-contest, and all the tempo has gone

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  46. Inlet, Xhaka and Dzemaili all combine well, the latter has time to steady himself for a strike from distance, hits it with power, but at the expense of all accuracy, Lloris with nothing to worry about as the ball clears his crossbar by a distance

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  47. France haven't exactly parked the bus, but they're happy for the Swiss to take possession, and look to counter when they win the ball back. And this time it's Evra who wins it and carries it forward. It comes to Valbuena who looks to cross for Giroud, but can't quite get it to him

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  48. Evra actually gets hold of the ball again in the Swiss half, and passes to Benzema who has his strike deflected for a corner

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  49. Ball is headed clear, but nice to see Evra is still willing to come forward when the chance arises

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  50. Debuchy throws himself down in the Swiss area, claiming a foul by Rodriguez. Referee not interested, certainly didn't look to be much in it

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  51. Slightly frustrated with Evra's willingness to get out to his wideman quickly and try to prevent the ball from coming in, when he's loathe to do so for United! He defends the latest situation well, and uses his body to prevent Shaqiri getting a header on goal as the ball rolls out for a goal kick

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  52. Change for France, former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is on, and Giroud makes way

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  53. Lichtsteiner does really well down the right, he beats his man and chips to the back post. Mehmedi is onto it, he's unmarked, surely must score... but Lloris is so quickly at him and produces a wonderful save to keep his sheet clean

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  54. Koscielny is the latest French substitute, he's on for Sakho

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  55. GOAL for FRANCE 4-0

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  56. Same old same old, it's horrific defending by the Swiss once again, no one bothers to track Benzema as Pogba chips the ball in, shouldn't be a problem as the ball falls to Senderos, but it's a swing and a miss by the form Arsenal man. Benzema collects the ball just yards out from goal, and he's never going to miss from there

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  57. Seferovic is sacrificed by Hitzfeld, who must by embarrassed by this scoreline now, so uncharacteristic for Switzerland. Drmic replaces

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  58. Corner for Switzerland, and Xhaka gets up highest to glance a header just wide of the far post

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  59. Evra has a shot on goal now, that's how dominant France are! He's clean through, but slightly off balance. Hits it with the outside of his left foot when surely it was begging to be curled home with his right, and he makes a real mess of it!

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  60. GOAL for FRANCE 5-0

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  61. Even Sissoko has managed to get on the scoresheet now, so there's hope for Evra yet! Benzema with the assist, the Swiss have completely lost their heads here and aren't showing much character in adversity

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  62. There's still fifteen minutes plus injury time to play. I billed this as a potentially tight contest, not a chance! The heavy defeat is bad news for Switzerland, they may need to win their last game to go through now due to goal difference, all depends on the Honduras v Ecuador game later on

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  63. It should be six for France, any one of three might have scored there. This is as one sided a game of international football as I've seen for some time, and that's including games featuring the likes of San Marino

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  64. It might not have been a very close game, but it's certainly been a fair one. No yellow cards shown so far

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  65. GOAL for SWITZERLAND 1-5

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  66. Well. It's a free kick from 40 yards out minimum. It's well hit by Dzemaili, driven but straight at the wall - which complete dissipates. Lloris taken by surprise and it's into the bottom corner

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  67. Last substitution for the French, as Griezmann comes on for the Valbuena, who must feel ten feet tall after playing his part in this resounding victory

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  68. Shaqiri tries to catch Lloris out as he spins his man and shoots before the French keeper is set and expecting it. Still manages the save though

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  69. GOAL for SWITZERLAND 2-5

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  70. Xhaka with a cracker! Lovely ball over the top from Inlet, Debuchy plays his man onside, and it's second consolation for the Swiss

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  71. Finally a booking, it's for Cabaye, and he's now out of the final group game against Ecuador

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  72. Now that it's far far far too late, Switzerland are playing some lovely football! These goals might yet have some importance, damage limitation to their goal difference could influence the result they require in the final game

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  73. 90 minutes are up, but there are three more to play

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  74. This ludicrously high scoring tournament simply continues to confound expectations, there have been no more than a handful of dull games, the rest have had interest, intrigue and goals galore. The French have been irresistible at times tonight, it will take a very good side to put them out

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  75. Well! The referee blows the final whistle literally seconds before Benzema rifles a beauty past the Swiss keeper. Incredibly cruel that a goal of such quality won't count, but I'm not sure the French will care too much given the crushing performance and result they've just produced

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  76. So, Patrice Evra and his comrades will officially qualify for the knockout phase if Ecuador fail to win tonight, but in truth with the goal difference they've mustered they're already through, and surely as group winners to boot. That was an exhibition in excellence at times, though it has to said Switzerland contributed heavily to their own demise with some rancid defensive mistakes

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  77. That's it for this LiveBlog, a thoroughly entertaining game to make up for the waste of time that was Japan v Greece yesterday! There will be more LiveBlog coverage of games involving Manchester United players throughout this tournament, but it's goodbye for now

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