France clinches top spot in Group E
June 25, 2014
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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - France drew 0-0 with 10-man Ecuador to advance to the second round of the World Cup on Wednesday, while the South Americans will be going home from the tournament.
In the other final Group E game, Switzerland defeated 3-0 Honduras to finish in second place and join France in the knockout stages.
Ecuador played a man short at Rio's Maracana stadium when Antonio Valencia was sent off on a straight red card in the 50th minute for digging his studs into the leg of French defender Lucas Digne.
France coach Didier Deschamps has made six changes to start the match, knowing his side was all but assured of advancing.
France came closest to scoring when Antoine Griezmann hit the post in the 47th.
The Associated Press News Service
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