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France beats Switzerland 5-2 to take control of Group E

06/20/2014, 4:59pm EDT
France wins in a rout at World Cup

France's Moussa Sissoko celebrates after scoring his side's fifth goal today at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil. AP

SALVADOR, Brazil — Forwards Olivier Giroud and Karim Benzema each scored one goal and created another as rampant France blew Switzerland away 5-2 today to take control of Group E and all but seal a place in the next round.

France has six points and can qualify if Ecuador and Honduras draw later today.

Giroud and Blasie Matuidi scored a minute apart and Mathieu Valbuena added another to give France a 3-0 halftime lead.

Benzema made up for a penalty miss in the first half with a poacher’s finish in the 67th, and then turned provider for Moussa Sissoko, who made it 5-0 with a neat side-footed effort in the 73rd.

Switzerland pulled two consolation goals back as Blerim Dzemaili scored with a free kick in the 81st and Granit Xhaka slotted in the second in the 87th.

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