The high-scoring 2014 World Cup added further goals to its repertoire as 10 more were scored in Group E on Friday.
France 5-2 Switzerland
The French produced an exquisite va-va-voom performance against the unsuspecting Swiss at Salvador’s Arena Fonte Nova on Friday evening. This stadium has now witnessed 17 goals in just three matches as Germany despatched Portugal 4-0 and Holland hammered the Spanish 5-1 earlier on.
Karim Benzema scored once but could have had a hat-trick as he became the first player at the World Cup to miss a penalty, plus had a superb curling effort chalked off right at the full-time whistle.
The French raced into a 2-0 lead against Ottmar Hitzfeld’s men with two goals in a minute from Olivier Giroud and Blaise Matuidi. Mathieu Valbuena finished off an excellent counter-attacking move just before half-time to make it three. Moussa Sissoko and Benzema completed the rout.
The Swiss pulled two back late on through Blerim Dzemaili and Granit Xhaka.
Ecuador 2-1 Honduras
Carlo Costly scored Honduras’ first goal in a World Cup since 1982 to give his side the lead.
However Enner Valencia scored a brace, taking his personal tally to three goals thus far, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Karim Benzema and Robin Van Persie at the top in the World Cup golden boot list.
Despite Les Bleus’ emphatic win, Ecuador’s triumph means that any two of France, Switzerland and Ecuador can still qualify.
FINAL GROUP E FIXTURES (Wednesday 25th June—both games kick-off at 9pm GMT)
France vs Ecuador
Honduras vs Switzerland