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2014 World Cup: France is on Fire

L'équipe de france on fire
Written by Marc Pagnier Published Jun 26, 2014 Marc Pagnier

Rédacteur en Chef des titres en anglais, français et chinois.

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France won again in their second opening game of the 2014 World Cup, defeating Switzerland 5-2. Marseille’s attacking midfielder Mathieu Valbuena was among the five goalscorers.

5-2! It is not the score of our national team in a foosball match but in the Brazil World Cup. Indeed, these five goals shake all the speculations. With the disqualification of Spain, which is going to play their last game against Australia this evening, France seem to have started off well. The match against Switzerland proved indeed one thing: the team of Didier Deschamps shows itself as one of the strongest candidates to win the World Cup on 13 July.

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Karim Benzema, one of the goalscorers in the match against Switzerland.

With an excellent offensive formation and talented players like Mathieu Valbuena, France dismantled Swiss defence. Valbuena scored his first World Cup goal in this match. “It is a great moment, a beautiful victory after a full match,” he said, “we ate our adversaries up. We knew that we were at another level and we played with determination and aggression.” Having a FIFA ranking 6, Switzerland was considered as a stress test for France in the robin-round phase. “It was a good test. The Swiss team is among the best,” defender Mathieu Debuchy assured, “we made it, we scored five goals, it is incredible!” France come first in Group E, followed by Ecuador, Switzerland and Honduras. Having won its first two opening games, France is confident to get into the Round of 16.

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Mathieu Valbuena (left) and Karim Benzema


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