Switzerland were simply unable to cope with the French firepower as Les Blues drowned the Swiss in a sea of goals in Arena Fonte Nova
It took only 17 minutes for the French to open the scoring as Olivier Giroud rose to power home a header from the corner in to give the French the lead. Twenty seconds later, Benzema put matuidi through with a delightful pass and the PSG midfielder fired home from close range to make it two nil to France. In the 27th minute, Xhaka volleyed the ball into the net from a cross but he was ruled (rightly) to have been offside when the ball was played into the area. In the 31st minute, Benzema went down following contact from a Swiss defender in the box and the referee awarded a penalty. Benzema’s penalty was saved by Benaglio and Cabaye’s shot on the rebound came back off the crossbar. In the 40th minute however, there was precious little Benaglio could do when Giroud’s cross from the left post found Valbuena free at the back post and the Olympic Marseille man fired into the roof of the net from point blank range. In the second half, the game looked dead even despite the scoreline, but in the 67th minute, when Pogba found Benzema in the box, the Real Madrid man simply slotted the ball in between the Swiss goalie’s legs to effectively end any hopes Switzerland had of making a comeback and in the 73rd minute Sissoko was presented with an easy chance after the Swiss needlessly gave away possession and the Newcastle man made no mistake making it five for France. In the 81st minute, Dzemaili riffled in a free kick from thirty yards to pull one back for Switzerland and in the 87th minute, Xhaka fired home emphatically after being put through on goal by inler. That was all the fight the swizz could muster and on full time, Benzema put the ball in the net with a delightful lob but the final wistle had already gone and the strike didn’t count.
The French have with this result joined Netherlands, Chile and Costa Rica as the teams to have already qualified for the second round.