France stamped themselves as genuine contenders for the 2014 World Cup after scoring a dominant 5-2 victory over Switzerland at Arena Fonte Nova this morning.
France started their 2014 World Cup campaign with a promising 3-0 win over Honduras last weekend and they showed that professional performance was no fluke with a dominant effort this morning.
The Swiss defense conceded their first goal in the 16th minute when Olivier Giroud took advantage of a Mathieu Valbuena cross and France followed up with their second goal just over a minute later when Blaise Matuidi made Switzerland pay for poor control in defense.
Karim Benzema drew a penalty in the 31st minute following a clumsy John Djourou tackle, but he failed to take advantage of the chance.
The penalty miss did not cost France and Valbuena gave his side a sizable lead 3-0 leading heading into halftime with a classy finish in the 40th minute.
It was much the same in the second half, with France dominating proceedings, and Benzema made it 4-0 thanks to a great Paul Pogba through ball before French defender Moussa Sissoko gave his side a fifth goal.
Switzerland were able to strike back with two late consolation goals, that could prove key to their chances of progressing to the second round of the 2014 World Cup, but it was too little too late for the European side.
French coach Didier Deschamps was delighted with the performance of his side and is hoping that his side will be able to build on their momentum when they take on Ecuador at Estadio do Maracana on June 24.
“We were up against a good team and to score five goals and win 5-2, it was a very good evening,” Deschamps said.
“Six points after two matches is ideal.
“We have to wait for the next match but we have a good goal difference and the next match will decide first and second place.”
Switzerland remain on three points, but are still a good chance of progressing to the second round of the 2014 World Cup if they are able to defeat Honduras at Arena Amazonia on Wednesday.
France is now on the fourth line of the 2014 World Cup betting market with Ladbrokes.com.au and are available at a quote of $10 to record their second ever World Cup victory.