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Jun 20, 2014

Deschamps pays tribute to dazzling Benzema

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – France coach Didier Deschamps reserved special praise for Karim Benzema on Friday after the striker was again at the heart of a fine attacking display in a 5-2 World Cup Group E mauling of Switzerland.

Benzema, who struck twice and came close to a hat-trick in France’s opening victory over Honduras, again caused havoc against the Swiss at Salvador’s Fonte Nova arena, scoring once and setting up another two.

Jun 20, 2014

Soccer-Deschamps pays tribute to dazzling Benzema

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 20 (Reuters) – France coach Didier Deschamps reserved special praise for Karim Benzema on Friday after the striker was again at the heart of a fine attacking display in a 5-2 World Cup Group E mauling of Switzerland.

Benzema, who struck twice and came close to a hat-trick in France’s opening victory over Honduras, again caused havoc against the Swiss at Salvador’s Fonte Nova arena, scoring once and setting up another two.

Jun 20, 2014

France showing spirit of ’98, says Deschamps

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – France coach Didier Deschamps said his side were showing the grit and determination he and his team mates had when they swept to World Cup victory in 1998 after they demolished Switzerland 5-2 on Friday.

France are now virtually assured of qualification from Group E after a superb attacking display at the Fonte Nova arena gave them a 3-0 first-half lead in a rampant performance that left them with maximum points from two games.

Jun 20, 2014

Soccer-France showing spirit of ’98, says Deschamps

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 20 (Reuters) – France coach Didier Deschamps said his side were showing the grit and determination he and his team mates had when they swept to World Cup victory in 1998 after they demolished Switzerland 5-2 on Friday.

France are now virtually assured of qualification from Group E after a superb attacking display at the Fonte Nova arena gave them a 3-0 first-half lead in a rampant performance that left them with maximum points from two games.

Jun 20, 2014

Hitzfeld laments bleak day for Switzerland

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld lamented a “bleak day” for his side after they were crushed 5-2 by France in World Cup Group E on Friday, saying they never recovered after conceding two quickfire goals in the first 20 minutes.

“I am very disappointed with our defeat, it was truly a very bleak day for us,” the former Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund coach told reporters. “The double attack really broke us.

Jun 20, 2014

Soccer-Hitzfeld laments bleak day for Switzerland

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 20 (Reuters) – Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld lamented a “bleak day” for his side after they were crushed 5-2 by France in World Cup Group E on Friday, saying they never recovered after conceding two quickfire goals in the first 20 minutes.

“I am very disappointed with our defeat, it was truly a very bleak day for us,” the former Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund coach told reporters. “The double attack really broke us.

Jun 19, 2014

France aim for another Salvador spectacle against Swiss

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – France coach Didier Deschamps said he hoped his side could match the goalscoring exploits of previous visitors to Salvador’s Fonte Nova arena when Les Bleus take on Switzerland in their second World Cup Group E match on Friday.

Fans in Salvador have been spoilt with a whopping 10 goals in two matches so far, thanks to superb a 5-1 victory for the Netherlands over Spain and a German 4-0 rout of Portugal.

Jun 19, 2014

Soccer-France aim for another Salvador spectacle against Swiss

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 19 (Reuters) – France coach Didier Deschamps said he hoped his side could match the goalscoring exploits of previous visitors to Salvador’s Fonte Nova arena when Les Bleus take on Switzerland in their second World Cup Group E match on Friday.

Fans in Salvador have been spoilt with a whopping 10 goals in two matches so far, thanks to superb a 5-1 victory for the Netherlands over Spain and a German 4-0 rout of Portugal.

Jun 19, 2014

Soccer-France’s Pogba making headlines for right reasons

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 19 (Reuters) – Nicknamed ‘The Octopus’ for his tentacle-like legs, a fiery combative style and his controversial exit from Manchester United have ensured talented France youngster Paul Pogba has created more than his share of headlines.

Pogba left Old Trafford under a cloud after a war of words with then United manager Alex Ferguson who accused the midfielder of a lack of respect when he left for Juventus in 2012 after not making the first team quickly enough.

Jun 18, 2014

Swiss up next as French dare to dream

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – Since 1998, the erratic French soccer team has either reached the final or failed to win a game at the World Cup.

So now, after a clinical 3-0 defeat of Honduras, fans of Les Bleus could be daring to dream again as France take on neighbors Switzerland in the second Group E game on Friday.

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