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France all but secured their place in the last 16 of the World Cup with a brilliant 5-2 win over European rivals Switzerland.

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud gave the French the lead in the 17th minute with a brilliant header from a Mathieu Valbuena corner. He rose to send the ball past Benaglio to make it 1-0.

66 seconds

Literally seconds later after the reset France had doubled their lead through PSG midfielder Blaise Matuidi. The midfielder picked up a good through ball from Karim Benzema on the left wing and Matuidi slid the ball into the near post after some poor keeping from Benaglio to make it 2-0 in the space of 66 seconds.

In the 32nd minute, Johan Djourou tripped Benzema over in the penalty box and France were awarded the penalty. Benzema stepped up but Benaglio went the correct way and saved the striker's penalty and Yohan Cabaye missed the follow up as his effort bounced off the crossbar.

Valbuena

France got their third goal in the 40th minute after a very good counter attack saw Giroud cross the ball in from the left wing towards Marsellie midfielder Valbuena, who poked the ball in from close range to make it 3-0 before half-time.

Benzema got his third goal of the tournament and France's fourth of the evening in the 67th minute after a superb pass from substitute Paul Pogba found him in the box and the Real Madrid striker didn't make a mess of it and slotted it pass the Swiss goalkeeper.

Toon impact

But France were not done yet as in the 73rd minute Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko made it 5-0 after some terrible defending from Switzerland saw the Toon midfielder unmarked in the penalty box and a good pass Benzema saw him make it five.

Switzerland did get two consolation goals in the final ten minutes of the second half. The first came from Napoli midfielder Blerim Dzemaili who managed to beat France captain Hugo Loris from 40 yards with a remarkable low free kick.

Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka added a second in the dying minutes as the Swiss latched on to Gokhan Inler's pass to thrash a volley past Lloris as Switzerland finished strongly to reduce the deficit.

Dangerous outsiders

It was all in vain however, and Les Bleus look like dangerous opponents for anyone in Brazil this summer.

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