France, Switzerland tie in Group A finale

France, Switzerland tie in Group A finale

Euro 2016

France, Switzerland tie in Group A finale

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Les Bleus arguably played their most complete match of Euro 2016 on Sunday, however, Didier Deschamps’ side couldn’t find three points in their Group A finale.

France and Switzerland played to a 0-0 draw at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy, after the latter failed to register a shot on target throughout the 90 minutes.

France made five changes from their 2-0 win against Albania, as Deschamps reinserted Juventus star Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann in the starting squad.

Pogba looked to prove a point on Sunday, creating several superb chances for France over the opening half hour, including a left-footed strike from distance that struck the crossbar in the 18th minute.

Second-half substitute Dimitri Payet had the opportunity to break the deadlock in spectacular fashion, but his effort hit the crossbar. Moussa Sissoko’s cross was met by the West Ham attacker the far post, before Payet smashed the shot off woodwork.

The result ensures France will top Group A on seven points, while the Swiss finish second on five points. Both teams will await their opponents in the Round of 16, which begins on June 25.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Although the goal never came, Paul Pogba was influential in several French attacks throughout the day, notching four shots.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

Dimitri Payet has been the engine that makes France run during Euro 2016, and his inclusion in the second half almost proved to be the difference for the hosts once again. The 29-year-old nearly put Les Bleus up 1-0 in the 75th minute, but the crossbar kept France off the board.

MATCH TO FORGET

Xherdan Shaqiri has had a tournament to forget thus far, and Sunday’s performance furthered the disappointment. The Stoke City attacker failed to register a shot and didn’t look comfortable moving forward up the field.

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