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They look confident size. Switzerland made the one change to
try and get to the knockout stages. Embolo has real pace. He has a
little bit of experience. The referee is from Slovenia. He was
in charge of England's win over Sweden in 2012 and he has had one
game here already, the Slovakia game, one yellow card in that game.
There is the Switzerland's captain, joined by Hugo Lloris. He joked that
he would take the captaincy away from him so that he would equal his
record. Five changes, that has raised eyebrows in the French
commentary box. Paul Pogba is back. There is the Swiss canton
Stephan Lichtsteiner joining the other record equalling French
captain Hugo Lloris. Deschamps joked yesterday
that he would take the captaincy away from Lloris so he
wouldn't equal his record of 54 Well, five changes has raised
eyebrows in the French commentary boxes, as we expected
them to take no risks with Kante and Giroud on yellow cards, allowing
Gignac and Cabaye to get their first Sissoko former Tweedie had been
discussed but Coman is staying in and Payet dropping out, Coman
played well the other night but Payet dropping out is the surprise
for the French, especially given he Yellow cards against
Kante and Giroud. As Alan said there is a big gap
between this game and the next match should France
go through a six days and then another six days
to A long time to rest
or lose momentum? It will be France nominally
on the team sheets as the away team tonight in the change
strips to get us off and underwear kicking from right-to-left
in the first half, what will I listened to the chaps talking
about the changes and Gary Madine good point about building up
partnerships and relationships If you ask somebody
like Dimitri Payet, would he rather play for us it on the bench he'd
rather be out It is different if some
buddy has a little knock. I spoke to the French TV
commentators around me when the teams were announced
and that was the big surprise, they didn't expect Payet
after the way he started the tournament, to be rested by that
man, who has had plenty of advice from former managers
are for and against major changes. There was a thought that
Evra would be rested but both full-backs
are Yohan Cabaye was in the Lille
double winning side. We will be keeping you up-to-date,
don't forget throughout the evening with the Romania
against Albania match. They need a point to be
confirmed as group winners. group and they are guaranteed second
places they draw or if Romania fail. A shot deflected away
from the former Arsenal Good start from the French,
nice and positive. One thing I have noticed,
Jonathan, is the players slipping about all over the
place on the pitch. The harshest critic
was Didier Deschamps, the French manager, who was furious with the
state of the pitch the other day. That was in Marseilles
where there had been a heavy metal In comes the first
corner of the evening. Away by Fabio Schar who scored
the opening France caught a little
bit on the counter. That was sent towards
Andre-Pierre Gignac. He has been playing
out in Mexico where It was said they would
not just be coming Just looking at Breel Embolo
being offside there. There was a sloppy ball
to the edge of the box. A bright start stop Lloris,
his 78th cap in all. There is the Swiss coach,
Vladimir Petkovic. He is a Bosnian Croat with a Swiss
passport, born in Sarajevo. He has been an enigma
at these finals so far. They had such a bright game
in their second match They were dubbed in
the local press here as the kings of suspense
because of the late goals. Lloris said they want the ball
higher up and close to the Albanian Blaise Matuidi, who
is not in the starting line-up today, said the players
discussed at half-time what they would do and he thinks
the coach made good changes by going back
to Xherdan Shaqiri of
Stoke has had a great As soon as you raise your boot
above knee height in international football, you will
always get a free kick. Rodriguez is one of the best left
wing-backs in Europe. We have not seen him get
forward too much on a four four two, nor
Lichtsteiner on the right. So strong normally
for their country. There is plenty of space out there
to get forward when Switzerland It is interesting
to see Griezemann and I thought Griezemann
might start on the left There is a left-footer on the right
and a right foot on the left. Some managers prefer that
to see how that develops. Lichtsteiner does arrive
and pound forward. That is what he is capable of,
getting up in support with such He does really well
there, Adil Rami. A wasted opportunity
from Switzerland. Laurent Koscielny
has been so steady. Lichtsteiner's nickname is Forest
Gump because he can run and run and Life is like a box
of Swiss chocolates. This comes to the near post,
they very nearly get it. He watched as big
Paul Pogba got it away. Giroud I think it is lying
on the floor, cannot get We saw in the first game,
France get the ball off set plays. Sagna was stepping out
watching something We know that France have conceded 20
goals from set pieces. Valon Behrami was a doubt before
the game with a knee injury. You can see his shirt being pulled
at the bottom of the screen there. That is what he is
telling the referee. And we have seen them
given in these finals. A change of shirt for
the He is in the squad
because another player was To lose two defenders
of their quality was a real blow but Adil Rami is playing well
in the squad. Really good play from
Andre-Pierre Gignac. Cabaye's most competitive game
of the FA Cup final. Xherdan Shaqiri has been
a bit in and out of this competition so far, little bit
like he was with Stoke He has shown glimpses this season
of what he could do, but I think he has only got three goals
this season, Jonathan. For a man of his talent,
that is not enough. He has got to do more in the final
third to become a top player. Three goals in a season
for an attacking Only three players in qualifying
created more chances in the whole of No wonder he's being linked with
Premier League clubs, clubs like Sommer comes and claims
but that is not too impressive. A terrific save, two shaky moments
so far for the big Lichtsteiner can be
an outspoken character. He has spoken about the number
of Swiss players who were not born in Switzerland or whose parents
were not born in Switzerland. A good pace about the opening
quarter of an hour. Deflected up and away
and kept in by Hugo Lloris. Dzemaili has had a bright start,
although he's been a bit inconsistent
in the tournament. Good linkup from
Mehmedi and Dzemaili. Couldn't quite get the shot away,
but so many players are Northern Ireland, of course,
want it to remain like that. A remaining victory would take them
on to four points and if they don't finish in the top two in this group
four would be enough to send them through as one of the best third
placed sides come you would think. There is a scenario tonight that
third place in the group could be settled under fair play,
or Uefa national team coefficient rankings rule,
which means at the end of the game we probably won't have a clue
as to who has gone through, not a Good pick out from Griezmann,
little pull-back to I was watching Schar read the run
and he did well to get the France won an
extraordinary game 5-2. That is the Pogba France have
been waiting to see. This is the power of the man,
a big long stride, terrific He looks hungry tonight
and like he's trying Xhaka very rarely wastes
a pass, Arsenal fans Djourou Dzemaili is playing very
high, higher than he has so Against Romania in the first half
Xhaka was picking up the ball far too deep and in the second half
they moved him forward and work a Behrami was shaking his head
a little bit after that, he lost him They've got to keep an eye out
for him and his runs from deep. Communication between him
and Xhaka is crucial. 18 months since he last
scored a goal for France, against Portugal
Here he is again, finding space, and cruising along.
A lot of pressure on him in the first game.
Remember, France 98 so clearly, they were slow
to gather momentum, France, but when they did they became
Pogba, into the box, two went for it.
Gignac got the last touch, not enough powerful stop
Djourou just did enough, Pogba again with loads
of time on the ball, good
You can see Djourou nice and strong competing with Gignac, he just does
Good defending that from the Swiss centre-half.
Coming in off the left-hand side, Mena de.
He scored three in the U21 European Championships in 2011 when
Switzerland were runners-up and scored in a famous victory against
Germany in May 2012, the first win against their old foe in almost 60
Griezmann took it neatly enough but didn't make
A very willing runner down those channels,
Rami just grabbed hold of him a bit there.
Behrami was the last man to give cover.
Two came to block, it came off Shaqiri.
The referee says no foul by Koscielny.
The bulk of the Swiss fans in red kind
They are hugely outnumbered but full of noise and
spirit and great temperament from what we saw today, Danny.
I have not sensed any bad atmosphere at all.
Helped Borussia Moenchengladbach into a
Champions League will place this season.
Cabaye again, higher this time, Sommer came.
He may be a good shot stopper but he's looked shaky in the
air when he's had to make a decision.
What I will say is at least he's trying to come but he's
got to do better, he's looked shaky on those crosses coming in.
France have the decision and the Swiss do not like it at all.
You could see Granit Xhaka barking at
Did it glance off the back of his calf?
It didn't look like it to me but you've got to get on with it and
They have to concentrate and focus again, in comes the corner kick,
dangerously whipped in and the head up and over by Fabian Schar.
It was whipped in with great pace, wasn't it?
He helped Hoffenheim steer themselves to safety again this
In it comes again, looking for Gignac, Schar behind him.
Shaky season domestically and looked shaky
at times here, the defender, against Gignac, the 30-year-old, 6' 1"
Rami stayed in and lifted his foot too high and he
The foot was too high but it was because he was
ponderous about it, thought about it, that's why the referee
I'm not sure that is a yellow card, to be honest.
I'm not sure about the
seven rolls from the lad who went down.
We have seen a little bit of this brandishing
of an imaginary card but
not that much, not as much as we had anticipated.
We haven't seen a great deal of diving, cheating.
I think it is a good point you make and a very refreshing one.
The discipline side has been really good.
I think the refereeing has been good, generally.
The odd bad game here and there but overall
really encouraged by the referees' willingness to try and let the games
At the moment Switzerland have had 53% possession.
Since their World Cup final defeat against Germany
Only one of three countries to have won the
Euros as hosts along with Spain and Italy.
There was a foot raised by
Pogba that caught Behrami who immediately squealed to the referee.
It was a little bit higher, free kick, fine.
50 yards up the pitch he would be giving a yellow.
That's the inconsistency that people don't tend
to like, but I'm all for
I wonder what Didier Deschamps thinks of this pitch judging the
Stade Velodrome so harshly, he called it a disaster.
It's the worst I've seen so far, Jonathan.
It has cut up a lot from
There has been half a dozen times at least when players
A BBC man was speaking to the groundsman
here in the build-up to
He said it was because the pitch is so new, relayed at the end
Dzemaili has started the game very strongly for
As opposed the question is, if it is going
to be a risk to relay the
Dzemaili had a spell with Bolton in 2007-2009, he only made one
appearance but he had a cruciate ligament injury during that spell.
Lichtsteiner into wa Dzemaili, little back heeled to Embolo.
Straight at Koscielny, who took one for the team.
Clever little touch, wasn't it, from Dzemaili?
Embolo, I think, tries a cheeky little toe
Koscielny stood there like a rock, he wasn't
getting out of the way and
He could have played for Poland, Koscielny,
Such a wonderful qualifying campaign, but it hasn't really
happened for him here in these finals.
Terrific World Cup in
He was the first Swiss player since 1954 to score a World
Right foot cross back into the middle.
The French were purring about his display the other day
He is a real threat, he has good quality,
Of course, when you sometimes need summary to get you up the pitch with
that pace, he gives them that, as does
Martial, who is sitting on the
They lacked that in the first game, didn't they?
Why on earth would you want to send him out on loan for two years to one
of their European rivals, Bayern Munich?
Maybe they thought he was not up to the level.
Pogba proving a few people wrong tonight
The French system is quite narrow, this 4-3-3.
It means the Swiss full-backs are getting out quite
The French system is quite narrow, this 4-3-3.
It means the Swiss full-backs are getting out quite
Still no goals between Romania and Albania.
I was interested in reading Thierry Henry's,
Arsene Wenger believes he is one of the top
centre halves in the whole of Europe now, Koscielny.
first came, he did not have the confidence he possesses now.
If France make it three wins on the spin,
last time they went to the
One of the heroes of '84 was in the Media Centre earlier.
Very well-thought of midfield player.
Obviously, a man of your age could tell me more, I was a young
I remembered Big Ron Atkinson passing the ball square in the
penalty area after about two minutes and we were 1-0 down.
Evra deflected that away, it is a corner to France.
He did not look that comfortable in the air, Sommer.
I just noticed on that corner, Switzerland are bringing everyone
back to the 18-yard box which is fine but
they don't put anyone on
Normally you would cover the posts as well.
We are hoping for the 50th goal in Euro
Griezemann got a touch, nearly came to Gignac.
A piggyback ride on the far side of the ground!
Both of them were smiling at some stage in that.
Is that the third ripped one we have seen?
He will not be able to
The youngest player ever to five red cards
The guys in the studio were
Obviously, they have made a switch with Coman going on
He looks more comfortable over there.
The stadium is named after a former mayor of the city and French Prime
If you are wondering why the crowds are not up to the
official capacity, a lot of seats are taken out in European and World
Cup and every major tournament, to allow a number of media
That is why it is never quite up to the maximum.
He covers a lot of ground, Admir Mehmedi.
He has been in the squad for the last three years now for
Switzerland, very consistent and much admired by the coach, Vladimir
A decent cross back in towards Embolo.
We have seen a great deal of Sissoko in this first half,
using that great pace and power driving forward.
He is a regular during the friendly matches, only
Griezemann played more of appearances for France in the two
His future at Newcastle seems to have been up for discussion for
They are confident, have grown into the game.
Gignac getting his chance today with Giroud rested.
He scored against Russia in March in his previous
He has made strong decisions in his selection of the squad for tonight's
game, here's a strong minded man, Didier Deschamps.
So much criticism from outside the French camp in the
build-up to the World Cup finals but he led
the team so magnificently to
How do you think he will do in the Premier League, Granit Xhaka?
He looks like an Arsenal-type player.
My only slight concern would be his defensive capabilities.
From a footballing perspective, very, very good.
Patrice Evra has had 76 appearances now for France.
A good ball spun away to Lichtsteiner.
That means the group looks like this as it stands, France seven,
Switzerland would have five, Albania will have three,
keeping alive their hopes of qualifying as the best
They are allowing the full-backs to get out so easily.
They have stopped those runs by Pogba.
And they have grown into the half, they just need to try and get some
decent chances because France have had the better ones.
Pogba hitting the bar early on for France.
from him was pushed up onto the bar by the Swiss goalkeeper.
We have had no goals in the first half.
Nine of France's last ten goals in the Euros have
been scored after half-time -- underway.
They should not be any surprise that games between these
Seven goals between the teams in their
last meeting in the Brazil World Cup finals, but seven goals in more than
they have been in the four meetings prior.
Those meetings boasted just six goals.
They have been in the last seven major football
Here is Cabaye towards Coman who had a bright first half.
They are capable of creating chances.
They have actually started with Shaqiri in a ten role.
It was that man, Shaqiri, who started that
They have never beaten France in major
The French have won at Euro 2004, and the World Cup.
Switzerland sending three substitutes out to warm up right at
One of them is Michael Lang who came on in the
Trying little skills and tricks in the middle of
Shaqiri has come alive at the start of this half.
nine goals in the last nine competitive internationals.
This is the man the French supporters want to see out there,
One headline in a French newspaper said Payet, given by God.
They certainly have been fulsome in their praise.
great deal of praise but that might be a little bit too much!
I bet he's disappointed not to be playing.
When you are playing so well, you just
want to be out there and keep that momentum.
Too easy for Xhaka and Valon Behrami to play in
They are trying to hit them too hard.
Just get them in the middle of the box
There are so many big powerful players and wasted
Rodriguez getting forward, noticeably high and well and early
The first real sight we have had of Gignac.
A mistake from Valon Behrami there, giving the ball away in the
He used to be taunted about his weight by rival
fans and sections of the media in France, Gignac.
There used to be a
He had to put in a strong tackle because this was a bad error.
I did not think I have ever seen that before.
I wonder whether the Swiss coach has said to Shaqiri, you have 15 minutes
Really colourful scenes in the stadium, half
The Swiss fans are in the far corner.
Very nearly came to the edge of the box.
France are struggling at the start of the second half to find
A sloppy start from the French in the
Lloris' fourth tournament now as the French number
That was an easy save from the goalkeeper.
Everyone's favourite pin-up in French football right now.
He once had a bad boy reputation, Griezemann.
Shaqiri is milking it to his own supporters while France
A free kick given for the Patrice Evra challenge, I think.
He is not best pleased, Shaqiri.
He makes the most of it but it is definitely a free kick.
It was the old slip, slop and fly routine that persuaded
Pogba, strength again, finesse, and fouled.
Really good strength but he
didn't need to do the Cruyff turn, the easy pass to Roman was on down
didn't need to do the Cruyff turn, the easy pass to Coman was on down
He's had a strong European Championships.
He was recalled for the last couple of games before the
finals, the friendly warm up games, after being out in the wilderness
Two more than in the previous five years.
I think the longer the game is played at this tempo the
I know the French have already qualified
but you'd expect them in front of their home crowd to play
Albania still lead against Romania 1-0 with the Sadiku first half goal.
Which means they will finish third in the group if it all stays like
Important to win the group, the winner of
Group A plays the third best team from either Group C, D or E.
That could be Northern Ireland, the Czechs,
Group A will play the runner-up in Group C, the Germany, Poland group.
Sissoko making the forward run and getting
That is another slip in a costly position by
The weather in France, let's give them the benefit of some
doubt, has been awful, floods of biblical proportions
in the latter few weeks but the pictures have not
in the latter few weeks but the pitches have not
It has not been good with the weather.
Here in Lille he had two years, just under
They sold him for less than they bought him for two
Payet has had a chequered past but had a wonderful 12 months
with West Ham and France, four goals in his last six internationals.
He's been the outstanding player in these
He had a decent first half, but hasn't really
got himself going so far in the second half.
Getting Payet on the pitch will lift everybody, won't it?
So, on comes the man dubbed this week "The gift from God."
Have you ever been described as that?
They have been by far the dominant side in the second half.
Shaqiri needs to take a bit of pace off it,
maybe stand one up, do
He's been trying to whip the ball so hard into
a dangerous area, take something off it and go for more accuracy.
Is this the moment that France crack on a
If I was one of his centre halves I'd be going mad at him right
He has scored important goals in qualifying, Shaqiri.
Qualifying in England's group, of course.
Qualified capably, but
Two former Lille players combining there.
Koscielny came in leaving Embolo down.
In this brief lull, what do you make of England tomorrow, what team
I think he's going to have to start Jamie Vardy and Sturridge, they came
I think maybe Jack Wilshere might come
in for Dele Alli to give him a little breather and freshen things
I certainly think it's as strong a squad in the
attacking areas as we have had in a long time and fantastic
He's only been a professional footballer for a few years, Fabian
In the World Cup in Brazil he made a couple of
Seven of this Swiss team were beaten by
That area of the ground in particular is very
I think it is crucial you've got the right footwear on.
I know that sounds ridiculous but
there are so many different types of studs these days.
For a pitch like this that is really wet and
coming away underneath as
Not too many players have the longer studs these days.
Rodriguez Diaz well under pressure from Sagna.
The managers came and looked at the pitch last night.
I can't remember what the weather was like in this part of
It's difficult to remember where you are half the time
Sold short by Evra and Behrami is away here
to Shaqiri who's had a
Switzerland would finish second in the group if it remains like this
It could well be that England and Wales, and Northern Ireland, not
giving up on the Republic of Ireland yet, could be in the knockout phase.
He has not featured much in the opening 20
minutes of the second half after a busy first half.
Looking for him but too far for the Bayer Leverkusen player.
I think Didier Deschamps might be looking at other options on the
To add a bit more creativity and pace to this side.
The chaps in the studio made the point earlier on, they have not
played Giroud and Kante, they would expect to be
If they haven't played today, six games before the next game and
Someone said to me many years ago, footballers
can't just turn the form on like a tap.
Especially when you are winning games are you just want to keep
playing and build with your confidence and fitness levels.
Sometimes when you sit out you try and replicate the running by doing
an intense session in training but it's just not the same.
Cabaye to Pogba, and away towards Payet.
Glanced on by Pogba, Griezmann with a lovely dummy.
If England win the group they could potentially play
here in the last 16, there is a quarterfinal
scheduled to be played on this pitch.
This and the Marseille surface are the worst we have seen
A quarter it would be for England if they get that far here.
It is a genuine concern for teams that want to play good football
And if we get more rain, which is highly likely,
It's the same for both teams, I suppose.
Change here for Switzerland, Haris Seferovic is going to come on.
Seven goals in his 32 internationals, none here.
He scored three in the qualifying stages,
couple against San Marino and one against Estonia.
Severovic might not even have made the squad
if his team-mate was fit and Embolo might not have come through.
It held up on the surface, that ball.
Koscielny did well under pressure from the young man, and was
Lovely quote by Deschamps about the pitch down at Marseille
He said when I saw the photos and videos at the end of the concert
they had there I thought I was in another world,
but that's the power of Highway To Hell.
The young man is going off, he's done well.
He is said to be interesting a lot of
He would suit the Premier League with his power and
There was talk of a 25 million pounds deal.
It would be a step up for him, Wolfsburg are not in major
European competition next year, meaning
this man who is taking the
free kick might be up for grabs, Rodriguez.
He started the game shakily against Mehmedi, but
he's grown stronger as the game has gone on, that has been the pattern
of his play so far in the three games.
Quick, reliable, I like him at full-back.
His former Newcastle team-mate, Sissoko.
Look at this for power and determination, Griezmann is in the
middle if he has a look and Payet is further
across, he is aiming at
It would have been absolutely astonishing!
I actually expected it to hit the back of the net, with that man's
Three times they have hit the woodwork in the game.
That is the best we have seen in a French
shirt from Moussa Sissoko for a long time.
He is capable of that, we have seen him do it.
For some reason he does not do it often enough.
France are going to make another substitution in a moment.
Here is Gignac challenged by Shaqiri.
He takes his time, keeps going, keeps his head up, a
Pogba has come to a right-hand side position there.
In their last seven games on home soil in European Championships,
Shaqiri has had a great second half but it
Shaqiri has had a great second half but it
Sometimes when he's out wide, gets isolated.
A bit disappointing with the set plays, but overall,
Fernandes is a more defensive option.
He had a spell at Manchester City, the Cape Verde born player.
That move started with a sublime touch by Payet.
He has had a hand in three of their last four
goals which means he is the most creative player in France since
Switzerland have had more of the ball.
It is time to bite the old fingernails down to the quick.
Albania lead Romania 1-0 in the other game.
You did predict a 0-0, Mr Pearce.
It is the ones I put the money on which never come off.
I have a wife who tells me the moral of the story repeatedly.
He was waiting to see the colour of the card.
He doesn't do anything, they just collide.
I think his look to the referee was more to see
I remember a game in 98, I think it was Paraguay,
it went to the Silver Goal or whatever it was called in
those days, that was really the game and there were frustrated long
periods that really kick-started their campaign.
I think it is they have to say the amount of changes
has made a difference, a negative difference.
It is the difficult when
you play in a team and there are lots of changes,
to get those little relationships that you need, knowing
when someone is going to come on, spin behind.
Switzerland will not have given up hope of going on to
They must have a word with the manufacturers, surely?
They will be pleased with their performance, Switzerland.
They have kept their shape, nice and
It is Lang, the defender, who will come on for them.
Lang came on for the last seven minutes against Romania.
He plays a defensive midfield centre-back.
He had a trial at Celtic when he was a teenager.
I thought he was coming off, I thought
Certainly, there has been discipline.
I think it is safe to say Payet will be involved
I think if I was involved in this Swiss Wall
now, I would say to my keeper, don't guess, stay where you are.
I would say to the wall, we have got a job,
Three of their four goals so far have come in the 89th minute or
Can they defend what has been the indefensible this season?
This will be the first time France have failed to score
They have failed to hit the back of the
net twice as the World Cup finals in all their friendlies.
But I certainly think they have been worthy of a
I think they have played with a nice confidence.
With good quality, yes, a little bit lacking in the final
third, but they certainly deserve a point.
I was critical of their display against Albania.
Albania have not been bad in these finals.
France would win the group, Switzerland second, Albania third
and Romania would be heading out as things stand.
Albania would have three points, the same as Northern
This would enhance Northern Ireland's chances of getting through
into third place, and indeed the Republic aren't out of it yet.
It could all yet change here, we are into the last 30 seconds.
They are up against one of the favourites
and controlled long periods of the game
They should be pleased with their performance.
The little glare to Xhaka by Schar tells him
The other game is running a little slower than this.
Into the last minute of stoppage time and Romania-
The Swiss will appeal that there was a hand on there.
The referee having none of it, Dzemaili complaining.
Sagna was the French defender with him.
Yes, he has got his shirt, it is a penalty.
That could make such a huge difference in this
With the placings, that would have been a
France could have been playing Poland or Germany.
As it is, France drawing with Switzerland means the hosts finished
top of the group and will get a favourable break before
their round of 16 game which will be against a
third-placed side but Switzerland get their point, which means they
are through to the knockout stages of the European Championships for
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