Deschamps made five changes to the starting line-up: Kanté, Matuidi, Payet, Giroud, and Martial for Cabaye, Pogba, Sissoko, Gignac, and Griezmann.
Pogba and Coman had a wonderful first half! In the 11th minute, Pogba was up for it, but Sommer was there to prevent any mishap. Pogba hit the woodwork in the 17th minute and Adil Rami got yellow-carded in the 25th. Both teams had several chances to lead, but it was scoreless (a new thing for the French) when half-time rolled around.
If the first half was entertaining, then the second half dragged. In the 57th minute, Griezmann exchanged passes with Gignac, fires toward goal only to have Sommer tip over for a corner. Payet replaced the brilliant Coman in the 62nd minute to a welcoming reception. In the 75th minute, Sissoko charges forward and finds Payet, who manages to rattle the woodwork. The remainder of the match dragged until the final whistle.
A total of four Swiss shirts were ripped in this game. They must be sponsored by the Chippendales! 😛
I know this is not the result that Deschamps, Les Bleus, and France wanted, but it’s enough and if they want better results, Deschamps need to find a way to make the team play fluidly. Other than this, I am proud of the team and I’m delighted that we’re into the next round. It’ll be funny if Les Bleus were to meet the Swiss again in the final … well, in my fictional final that I currently writing.