World Cup

June 13, 2006

Full-time

France

0 - 0

Switzerland

Group G

16:00 +00:00, June 13, 2006

Gottlieb-Daimler Stadion, Stuttgart, Germany

Referee: Valentin Ivanov (RUS)

Game 13

  • 90'

    The Swiss did enough to contain the French and will be very happy with a point in what they would imagine will be their hardest group fixture. They may even now fancy their chances of securing first spot in the group.

  • 90'

    France looked fitful and frustrated tonight. Players such as Henry and Viera, who should be the engine of this side, failed to ignite their performance and they will have to improve dramatically on this if they are to have any chance of challenging for the trophy.

  • 90'

    FULL TIME

  • 90'

    When the free-kick eventually comes in, Magnin's fine ball finds Frei who, rather than head the ball in to the empty net, elects to try to punch the ball. A total waste of a fine opportunity, and the Swiss striker is then booked for his Maradona-esque attemt to fool the referee.

  • 90'

    Sagnol is booked for grabbing a Swiss shirt in the penalty area.

  • 90'

    Now Switzerland attack down the right and Gygax is brought down by Abidal. Free-kick to Switzerland.

  • 89'

    Zidane's fine ball towards Saha is chested down in to the path of the oncoming Dhorasoo who hits a hard, low shot towards the Swiss far post. His effort is just wide though.

  • 88'

    Zidane stands over the free-kick. Zuberbuhler comes but spills the ball however Senderos is on hand to beat Henry to the ball and boot it away.

  • 87'

    Dhorasoo breaks again down the right and links well with Sagnol who is then fouled by Magnin.

  • 85'

    Zidane shows tremendous skill to thread a ball past two Swiss defenders but no French player was able to read his intention. Sagnol tries a more no-nonesense route to goal and blasts a shot from twenty yards out which is blocked by the Swiss defence.

  • 85'

    Degen is now back on the field.

  • 84'

    Dhorasoo's first contribution is a fine little run down the right and a good pass up to Henry. The striker does not manage to do justice to the build-up and loses the ball.

  • 82'

    Wiltord is off for Vikash Dhorasoo for France.

  • 81'

    Vogel hits a high ball up towrads Frei but once they clear the ball the French break rapidly up the park and Zidane plays a lovely one-two with Wiltord who can't quite get to the ball in time. Zuberbuhler comes to smother it but in doing so seems to have hurt Degen who is off the park receiving treatment.

  • 80'

    Wicky is replaced by Xavier Margairaz for the Swiss.

  • 79'

    Viera plays a dreadful cross in from the right which sums up the performace of his team tonight. Not good enough basically.

  • 78'

    Wicky is penalised for a foul on Viera. Viera is another who has not played as well as he can tonight.

  • 77'

    Makelele wins a crunching tackle and sees Saha in some space. When he gets the ball Saha shows a poor touch and the opening disappears.

  • 76'

    Henry loses the ball too easily in the Swiss penalty area. The Arsenal man has not really silenced those who criticise his international performances tonight.

  • 75'

    Barnetta's long ball from the right curls away from Frei's head but the Swiss still have the ball in a dangerous area. Not for long though as a lazy cross in from Magnin goes out for a goal-kick.

  • 73'

    Saha tries to get in to the game and his pressure on Mueller sees the Swiss defender concede a throw-in. It is his last contribution to the game as he is replaced by Arsenal's young defender Djourou.

  • 72'

    Now the referee is happy, Zidaone picks out Henry whose low diving header is complicated by the fact he has his back to goal. An offside flag is raised though so it wouldn't have mattered anyway.

  • 71'

    Zizou himself now goes in the book for taking the free-kick too early.

  • 70'

    Zidane's trickery leads him back towards his own goal but Cabanas is then booked for fouling Sagnol.

  • 69'

    Zidane appears to be arguing with Makele. Meanwhile Ribery is off and Louis Saha is on for the French, who seem to be rocking. Can Saha's pace provide them with the goal they need to steady them?

  • 68'

    Magnin is injured after landing awkwardly in a challenge with Makele.

  • 67'

    Magnin, in an identical position to a few minutes ago, sets his sights on the French goal. He hits it low this time but Degen hits it wide of the goal when the ball comes to him.

  • 67'

    Barnetta is fouled on the right wing and it is a dangerous period of the game for the French.

  • 64'

    A wonderful looping cross from Magnin on the left finds Gygax whose header at the far post is well stopped by Barthez who scrambles across to save it. Gygax should have scored though.

  • 63'

    Magnin hits a left footed ball in towards the French goal but it is more of a shot than a cross and Barthez punches it away, clearly suffering the dazzling effects of the sun in his eyes.

  • 62'

    Abidal has booted the ball needlessly away when the whistle has gone for a foul against him and has been booked for his trouble.

  • 61'

    France deal comfortably with the corner and clear the ball.

  • 60'

    A well worked series of passes in the Swiss midfield allows Barnetta to bear down on goal from the left wing. He appears to dither and is unsure whether to pass or shoot and is eventually tackled for a corner.

  • 59'

    At the other end Frei is almost allowed through on the French goal but finds Willaim Gallas in his way.

  • 58'

    Switzerland half manage to clear the corner but France come again through Ribery whose shot is blocked by the Swiss defence.

  • 57'

    A fine tackle in the middle of the park from Viera allows France to break and Wiltord is fed through on goal before an eaqually fine recovering tackle from Senderos. Corner to France.

  • 57'

    The game appears to be suffering from the effects of the heat although Switzerland's lack of invention is contributing to a pretty tame affair.

  • 56'

    Streller is off for the Swiss and is replaced by Daniel Gygax up front.

  • 55'

    Zidane fouled by Degen who is now booked.

  • 53'

    Ribery is crowded out on the left wing but the Swiss do not make good use of the ball and now France attack through Henry who is unable to thread the ball through to Wiltord who was lurking dangerously.

  • 52'

    Barnetta, trying his luck down the right, fails to send in a decent cross and France break down the attack.

  • 51'

    Zidane is penalised for nudging Cabanas when the corner comes in.

  • 50'

    Makele shows a trademark piece of midfield work by going back to win the ball from Magnin and playing a short pass up to Zidane. The ball is hit quickly up to Henry and France now have a corner.

  • 49'

    Senderos hits a high ball to Degen who tries to work a way through a gap in the centre of the French defence which closes very quickly and he is crowded out.

  • 48'

    Zidane plays a short pass to Ribery in the Swiss area who hits it back to Viera. Unfortunately his shot is weak and wide. Zidane is directing most things for France now.

  • 47'

    Zidane chases a long ball and is well challenged by Senderos. The ball goes out for a French throw.

  • 46'

    Wiltord walks over to take it but it goes straight to Zuberbuhler. A poor corner which was hit far too near to the six foot six keeper.

  • 45'

    Switzerland zip the ball about nicely in the middle of the park before Vogel dinks it up to Frei. He is penalised for handball and France now play the ball up towards the Swiss goal. They force a corner.

  • 45'

    France get the second half underway.

  • 45'

    France have had the better of the overall play but are extremely fortunate not to be a goal behind. Zidane has grown in to the game the longer the game has progressed and Ribery has looked a threat when he has possession. Switzerland have been largely uninspiring but will be quietly confident of sneaking something from this the longer it remains goalless.

  • 45'

    HALF-TIME

  • 45'

    Zidane shows lovely feet and dinks a beautiful ball over the Swiss defence but nobody can get on to the pass and that is the last meaningful play of the half.

  • 44'

    Henry makes Zuberbuhler work with a low, hard shot on goal as two defenders breathe down his neck.

  • 43'

    Streller has been booked for complaining to the referee.

  • 42'

    Makelele finds Wiltord who plays it to Sagnol. He steadies himself to cross but the ball is hit too hard and goes behind for a goal-kick.

  • 41'

    Magnin has been booked for his role in Henry's injury, which is negligible. Magnin looked to be innocent of any infringement.

  • 39'

    Zidane again begins another attack and Henry beats Magnin for pace before hitting a cross in. It does not reach it's target, and Henry is now down injured. He is off the pitch though so play goes on.

  • 38'

    Zidane's fine forty yard chipped ball over the Swiss defence plays in Henry but he tries to pass the ball in to the net and it goes straight in to the waiting arms of Zuberbuhler.

  • 36'

    Vogel tries to get the ball out to Magnin and when it does not reach him France immediately break and Franck Ribery finds himself clean through on goal. For some reason, rather than shoot, he chooses to roll the ball to Henry when he should have shot. The Arsenal man's shot seems to be deflected by a Swiss arm but Ribery should have scored himself.

  • 35'

    Henry is blown up for offside after a late decision from the linesman.

  • 34'

    Zidane and Sagnol work their way up towards the Swiss goal and the French playmaker is eventually forced out wide before playing a harmless cross in towards the Swiss penalty area.

  • 32'

    Degen loses a duel in the corner with Abidal and now France break through the seemingly tireless Ribery. He loses the ball though and the Swiss clear once more.

  • 31'

    Ribery returns the favour this time and plays Henry in to a shooting position twenty yards out but his low shot is well saved by Zuberbuhler.

  • 30'

    Henry makes a great run in to the Swiss penalty area after nutmegging Magnin. He finds Ribery in a dangerous position sixteen yards out but he hits his shot high and wide over the bar.

  • 29'

    Sagnol goes down a little theatrically when challenged and wins a free-kick near the French goal.

  • 27'

    Barthez throuws the ball out to Abidal and the ball is fed up to the lively Ribery. He attacks Degen but the full-back gets the better of the Manchester United target and manages to shepherd the ball wide for a goal-kick.

  • 26'

    Henry makes space for himself on the eighteen yard line. He finds Viera who tries to force his way through but the Swiss intercept through Degen and clear the danger.

  • 25'

    France are looking a little more shaky now. Their defence did not deal too well with the high ball in to their penalty area.

  • 23'

    The ball is played in by Cabanas and drifts over all the players heads before hitting the French bar. Frei is first to the rebound but can't knock the ball in to an empty net. Switzerland should be one nil up.

  • 22'

    Now Switzerland break and Cabanas wins a free-kick forty yards out as he is brought down by Viera.

  • 21'

    Henry was put through on goal but was forced too wide to produce a shot which would trouble Zuberbuhler.

  • 20'

    Zuberbuhler comes out well to claim a cross from Ribery.

  • 18'

    Both teams are building patiently in the intense heat and so far France appear slightly the more comfortable.

  • 16'

    Barthez takes a long range shot which was straight at him from Barnetta but he will be glad for a feel of the ball.

  • 16'

    Makele and Viera link up before Sagnol is found out on the right wing. His cross this time is poor and does not trouble the Swiss defence.

  • 15'

    Ribery tries to feed the ball over the top of the Swiss defence but the ball finds it's way back to keeper Zuberbuhler.

  • 13'

    Zidane floats the ball in and it breaks for Willy Sagnol who chips a delightful cross over towards Viera but his shot is hit wide of the goal.

  • 12'

    Zidane now stands over the ball as France have a free-kick just outside the Swiss penalty area. The Swiss clear for a corner.

  • 11'

    Switzerland fashion a nice shooting opportunity but when the shot comes out from Cabanas eighteen yards out it is hit harmlessly wide.

  • 10'

    Zidane is hacked down by Cabanas and this time the French get the free-kick. Which is wasted.

  • 9'

    Henry sets off on one of those trademark surging runs but appears to be obstructed illegally. The referee does not agree and waves play on.

  • 8'

    Thuram wrestled Streller somewhat there but the infringement was not picked up by the referee.

  • 7'

    Frei drifts out wide but delivers a terrible cross which flies behind for a goal-kick.

  • 6'

    Ribery is well tackled by Degen as he tries to build an attack down the left wing.

  • 5'

    France attack down the right and Zidane feeds Wiltord whose cross finds Henry's head but the ball is just too high for the Arsenal man. His header goes over the bar.

  • 4'

    Frei is is well tackled by Thuram but the French clearance goes back to Switzerland. They attack down the right but lose the ball weakly.

  • 2'

    France now build from the back. The ball is played up to Ribery who darts dangerously towards goal. His cross is behind Henry. Ribery gets the ball again but fouls Magnin and a free-kick is given to the Swiss. Nice play from Ribery.

  • 1'

    Switzerland in possession and settling themselves down as they stroke the ball around. France re-gain the ball and attack through Zidane. He feeds Ribery who is tackled cleanly by Muller.

  •  

    Both teams should be familiar with each other as they both qualified through the same group to get here.

  •  

    On a sunny day in Stuttgart Switzerland kick off attacking the goal to the left.

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    The Swiss now. It isn't quite as rousing.

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    The national anthems. The French first. Their players link arms and belt out the words with gusto, as do a sizeable portion of the crowd. Lots of backing for the French in Stuttgart today.

  •  

    Much will depend on how the likes of Philippe Senderos can cope with the pace of Thierry Henry, and at the other, the onus will be on Alexander Frei to continue the goalscoring exploits which have seen him grab 23 goals for his country.

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    The Swiss will have less lofty ambitions but should still present a problem for any team in the tournament. They are unbeaten in 2006 and coach Kobi Kuhn, who used to manage the Swiss u-21 team, has trusted to youth when picking his players.

  •  

    The ignominy of their last World Cup campaign, when Les Bleus failed to even register a goal, should weigh heavily on their players and, despite rumours of top players being unhappy with coach Raymond Domenech, there is more than enough talent in their team to see them progress to the later stages of the competition.

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    The French field several players over the age of thirty, not least Zinedine Zidane for whom these games present one last chance to remind the world of his majestical, if fading, talent.

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    It's a case of old versus new in this evening's game in the Gottlieb-Daimler stadium as an ageing French team try to summon one last hurrah against a youthful Swiss team who should pose them some problems.