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France 0-0 Switzerland
Tuesday, 13 June 2006




France

0-0
(0-0)
Switzerland

 
Bookings:

E Abidal 64yellow card
Z Zidane 72yellow card
W Sagnol 90yellow card
 

 
Bookings:

L Magnin 42yellow card
T Barnetta 45yellow card
P Degen 56yellow card
R Cabanas 72yellow card
A Frei 90yellow card


FRANCESWITZERLAND

Possession

49% 51%

Shots on target

6 3

Shots off target

6 3

Corners

4 1

Fouls

17 18


France

  • 16 F Barthez
  • 03 E Abidal yellow card
  • 05 W Gallas
  • 15 L Thuram
  • 19 W Sagnol yellow card
  • 10 Z Zidane yellow card
  • 06 C Makelele
  • 04 P Vieira
  • 22 F Ribery (69 L Saha )
  • 11 S Wiltord (84 V Dhorasoo )
  • 12 T Henry

Subtitutes

  • 02 J Boumsong,
  • 21 P Chimbonda,
  • 23 G Coupet,
  • 08 V Dhorasoo,
  • 18 A Diarra,
  • 17 G Givet,
  • 09 S Govou,
  • 01 M Landreau,
  • 07 F Malouda,
  • 14 L Saha,
  • 13 M Silvestre,
  • 20 D Trezeguet

Switzerland

  • 01 P Zuberbuhler
  • 03 L Magnin yellow card
  • 04 P Senderos
  • 20 P Muller (74 J Djourou )
  • 23 P Degen yellow card
  • 07 R Cabanas yellow card
  • 06 J Vogel
  • 08 R Wicky (81 X Margairaz )
  • 16 T Barnetta yellow card
  • 09 A Frei yellow card
  • 11 M Streller (57 D Gygax )

Subtitutes

  • 19 V Behrami,
  • 12 D Benaglio,
  • 21 F Coltorti,
  • 14 D Degen,
  • 02 J Djourou,
  • 15 B Dzemaili,
  • 13 S Grichting,
  • 10 D Gygax,
  • 18 M Lustrinelli,
  • 05 X Margairaz,
  • 17 C Spycher,
  • 22 H Yakin

Ref: Valentin Ivanov
Att: 52000


THE ACTION AS IT HAPPENED

PLAYER-RATER - Philippe Senderos is your player of the match and only 15% of you think France are good enough to win the World Cup.

"There was no sparkle, Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry were very quiet. It just looked shapeless, I couldn't understand what they were trying to achieve."
Marcel Desailly, BBC analyst

FULL-TIME An uneventful draw for France, but at least Switzerland can celebrate their first clean sheet at a World Cup.

92 mins: France fans have their hearts in their mouths as Alex Frei goes to head in a free-kick from a couple of yards wide. He misses - and as it turns out he punched it and gets a yellow card for his troubles.

90 mins: Substitute Vikash Dhorasoo flashes a inches wide of the post from Louis Saha's knockdown. France coach Raymond Domenech is beside himself on the touchline.

88 mins: The Swiss keeper inexplicably drops Zinedine Zidane's harmless free-kick - but his defenders save his blushes.

83 mins: Zinedine Zidane's deft chip almost puts in Sylvain Wiltord, but he can't quite reach it and the resulting collision leaves Wiltord injured and Switzerland defender Phillip Degen struggling with a knee problem. Vikash Dhorasoo replaces Wiltord but Switzerland have already made their three changes.

81 mins: Substitutions are the only thing of interest happening at the moment. Switzerland complete theirs by bringing on Xavier Margairaz for his fourth cap in place of Raphael Wicky.

"Claude Makelele is the best holding midfielder I've seen but when he's playing alongside Patrick Vieira, I don't think you see the best of him."
Former England boss Graham Taylor on BBC Five Live

75 mins: It's an all-Arsenal central defence for Switzerland now as 19-year-old Johan Djourou replaces Patrick Mueller.

73 mins: Not for the first time, Russian referee Valentin Ivanov makes a baffling decision, booking Zinedine Zidane for taking a free-kick too quickly. Still, the French midfielder gets to take his kick again and from it Claude Makelele almost nets - but is offside.

70 mins: France make their first change, with Manchester United striker Louis Saha coming on for Franck Ribery.

68 mins: These two sides faced each in qualifying for this World Cup. The results, perhaps unsurprisingly given this dull affair, were 0-0 and 1-1.

"It's a good save - but Gygax really should have scored."
BBC analyst Mick McCarthy

65 mins: Substitute Daniel Gygax almost makes himself a hero for Switzerland - but his close-range header is somehow kept out by Fabien Barthez. It sparks the Switzerland fans into life.

64 mins: French defender Eric Abidal gets a yellow card for kicking the ball away after the referee has blown for a very dubious foul.

62 mins: Tranquillo Barnetta charges down the right for Switzerland but he doesn't make the most of his chance once he gets into the penalty area, delaying his pass too long. His team-mates are visibly annoyed.

"France need to stop giving Switzerland so much respect. They have the quality to go on and win this game. Let's hope they throw on another striker and at least have a good go at it."
BBC analyst Mick McCarthy

56 mins: The goals-per-game average at the World Cup so far is 2.5 - but France and Switzerland are doing their best to bring that down. Switzerland make the first change, bringing on Lille's Daniel Gygax for fellow striker Marco Streller.

51 mins: Zinedine Zidane finds Thierry Henry in the box, but yet again there is no other French player in sight. Henry does well to win the corner but it comes to nothing.

"What more is there to say? These two sides are just passing the ball around but they are doing nothing to hurt the opposition."
Former England boss Graham Taylor on BBC Five Live

49 mins: Zinedine Zidane delights the fans with some beautiful footwork on the touchline. The ball eventually falls to Patrick Vieira just outside the box but he screws his shot horribly.

47 mins: France win the game's second corner but Sylvain Wiltord's effort is easily collected by Pascal Zuberbuehler.

1802 BST: France get the second half under way.

"I'm quite confused about the way France have played and I'm a bit down because there doesn't seem to be a solution. Zinedine Zidane isn't shining like we expect him to shine."
Marcel Desailly, BBC analyst

"Zidane, Ribery and Wiltord have got to get up to support Henry."
BBC analyst Alan Shearer

"France have been very poor. If Ludovic Giuly, who is not even in the French squad, is not a better player than Sylvain Wiltord, then I'm a Dutchman. And Franck Ribery is just not up to it."
BBC analyst Martin O'Neill

HALF-TIME An uninspiring first-half comes to an end - much to the relief of the neutrals.

45 mins: Tranquillo Bernetta quickly follows team-mate Megnin into the book. Switzerland need to be careful.

43 mins: Ludovic Megnin gets a very harsh booking for his part in Henry's injury. The Swiss defender didn't appear to do much wrong. Meanwhile, the Arsenal skipper is back on.

41 mins: Thierry Henry is down injured and the French fans boo as Switzerland refuse to put the ball out. You can't blame the Swiss though - Henry is off the field.

39 mins: Zinedine Zidane's delightful pass finds Thierry Henry, but instead of crossing for Patrick Vieira, he shoots and his weak effort is easily saved by Pascal Zuberbuehler.

"Ribery chickened out there. He didn't want to take the responsibility."
Former England boss Graham Taylor on BBC Five Live

38 mins: Franck Ribery is clean through but opts to cut back to Thierry Henry instead of shooting. Henry is quickly closed down and can't get his shot away.

"The ball is being moved slowly - accurately - but very slowly."
Former England boss Graham Taylor on BBC Five Live

34 mins: Switzerland's Philipp Degen shows off some lovely skills on the right touchline but it all comes to nothing and he loses the ball.

32 mins: Zindedine Zidane finds Franck Ribery on the edge of the box but the debutant fires a snapshot narrowly over the bar.

"The days of Patrick Vieira running from box to box seem to be long gone."
Former England boss Graham Taylor on BBC Five Live

24 mins: Tranquillo Barnetta's free-kick beats France's offside trap but Philippe Senderos' glancing header comes back off the post and Eric Abidal prevents Alex Frei from tapping in the rebound.

"Maybe he couldn't get there, but surely Wiltord could have made a bit more effort than that."
BBC analyst Mick McCarthy

21 mins: Thierry Henry brings down Zinedine Zidane's ball over the top and rolls a cross right across the six-yard line but for some reason Sylvain Wiltord, checks his run and there's no one there to tap in for France.

19 mins: Tranquillo Barnetta warms Fabien Barthez's hands with a long-range effort. It's an easy save for the French keeper though.

16 mins: All the players on the France bench are wearing wristbands bearing broken leg victim Djibril Cisse's name.

12 mins: Sylvain Wiltord wins a free-kick 30 yards out after Ludovic Magnin's clumsy challenge. Zinedine Zidane's free-kick is headed over for a corner and from that, Patrick Vieira's mis-hit shot bounces over the bar.

"If you like passing, you'll like this game. If you don't like passing that doesn't really go anywhere, you might get a bit bored with this game."
Former England boss Graham Taylor on BBC Five Live

6 mins: The first chance of the match falls to Thierry Henry. It's a free header but Sylvain Wiltord's cross is just a little bit too high for his former Arsenal team-mate.

4 mins: Franck Ribery's first touch is not a great one. The Marseille winger, making his first start for France, scuffs his attempted cross.

"There's a big shadow on one side of the pitch - so if you're France's right-back or Switzerland's left midfielder, you're happy."
BBC analyst Mick McCarthy

1700 BST: Switzerland get this Group G match under way.

PRE-MATCH BUILD-UP

1656 BST: France belt out their national anthem, and are joined by 1998 World Cup-winning coach Aime Jacquet, who is in the crowd.

1653 BST: The teams prepare to emerge from the tunnel. No sign of nerves from France's World Cup debutant Franck Ribery, while Switzerland's Arsenal defender Philippe Senderos encourages his team-mates with a few shouts of 'Allez'.

"This is one of the most intriguing stories of the World Cup. Zidane, Makelele and Thuram all retired and now they've come back to help France qualify for the World Cup. Can they go all the way?"
BBC analyst Martin O'Neill

"Henry is the star in this French squad - what he says goes."
BBC Five Live commentator Alan Green

1615 BST: The teams are in. Switzerland coach Koebi Kuhn has gone for an attacking line-up featuring Marco Streller alongside top scorer Alex Frei up front. France will play with lone striker Thierry Henry, supported by Franck Ribery, Sylvain Wiltord and Zinedine Zidane.

TEAM LINE-UPS

France: Barthez, Abidal, Gallas, Thuram, Sagnol, Zidane, Makelele, Vieira, Ribery, Wiltord, Henry.
Subs: Boumsong, Chimbonda, Coupet, Dhorasoo, Diarra, Givet, Govou, Landreau, Malouda, Saha, Silvestre, Trezeguet.

Switzerland: Zuberbuhler, Magnin, Senderos, Muller, Philipp Degen, Cabanas, Vogel, Wicky, Barnetta, Frei, Streller.
Subs: Behrami, Benaglio, Coltorti, David Degen, Djourou, Dzemaili, Grichting, Gygax, Lustrinelli, Margairaz, Spycher, Yakin.

Referee: Valentin Ivanov (Russia).


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