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France finished top of Group F thanks to a solid performance against Portugal and a counter-performance by the Germans against Hungary. The French will face their Swiss neighbours in Bucharest on Monday 28th June 2021.
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Before the Match: France vs Switzerland
France (1st in Group F)
Didier Deschamps was innovative during his last match with Tolisso and Koundé. It was a good game, but it was not the only one, however, it was the only one in which we had a good chance to win.
It is true that there was some improvement in attack. Benzema seemed to have some of his confidence back, but nothing is perfect. They will have to strengthen this sector, perhaps not to overcome the Swiss who seem to be a tone below us, but to consolidate their position in the semi-finals and the rest of the competition, which is likely to be much tougher.
Switzerland (2nd in Group A)
The Swiss snuck in. With 4 points, they reached the next round. More convincing against the Turks, the game was not what we remembered from their Group A. It will take a good defence and the success of Shaqiri to manage to surprise the French.
Match Analysis: France vs Switzerland
France: The Rise to Power
In the “Group of Death” alongside Germany (2014 World Champions), Portugal (reigning European Champions) and Hungary, the French team managed to qualify for the last 16 of Euro 2021 by finishing in first place.
After a very intense match against Germany to start the tournament (1-0 victory), France was just behind the Portuguese. This was indeed the case in the third and final group match, which ended in a draw between the two teams (2-2) at the end of a match full of twists and turns. It was particularly stressful considering the duel between Hungary and Germany (2-2).
While France did not display all of its perceived ability, its experience and individual and collective qualities enabled it to finish top of its group.
Switzerland: Don’t be too slow
Before the tournament began, Switzerland was seen as one of the outsiders in the competition. However, not everything went according to plan for the Swiss team. In their opening game, Switzerland ended with a 1-1 draw with the Welsh dragons.
In the second match, Xherdan Shaqiri’s teammates fell heavily to Italy (3-0). For their last match, victory against Turkey was essential to hope to qualify for the last 16. Mission accomplished for the Reds, who got the better of the Turkish team, who ended their European campaign with three defeats in three games.
After coming in third place in their group, Switzerland will face France, the reigning world champion, in the round of 16. It’ll certainly be a big game.
Last Matches Between France and Switzerland
The Swiss do not like the French. Since 2003, the have been 4 draws and 3 wins for the blues. The observation is simple. In 2016, during the Euro, the match ended in a 0-0 draw. Two years before, in the 2014 World Cup, 5 different scorers for the blues against 2 for the opposite side. Giroud, Matuidi, Valbuena, Benzema and Sissoklo were the scorers at the time.
France and Switzerland squads
France are not expected to be at full strength. The expectation is that France will have a full complement of full-backs, as there are doubts about whether Hernandez and Digne will be in the squad. Dembélé is already out for the match.
Switzerland will be able to rely on their squad. Vladimir Petkovic is likely to field the same team that beat Turkey.
Probable Line-ups: France vs Switzerland
Here are the probable lineups for this France vs Switzerland match for the last 16 of Euro 2021.
France’s Likely Line-up 🇫🇷 (4-3-3) :
- Goalkeeper: Lloris
- Defenders: Koundé, Kimpembe, Varane,
- Midfielders: Pogba, Kanté, Lemar
- Forwards: Mbappé, Griezmann, Benzema
Switzerland’s Likely Line-up 🇨🇭 (3-4-3):
- Goalkeeper: Sommer
- Defenders: Elvedi, Akanji, Rodriguez
- Midfielders: Widmer, Freuler, Xhaka, Zuber
- Forwards: Shaqiri, Seferovic, Embolo