The match itself was an anticlimax, but France and Switzerland both progress to the final 16 of the Euros.
Although Olivier Giroud was rested, Laurent Koscielny wasn’t and he remained sturdy as ever at the back. Switzerland meanwhile found it increasingly difficult to deal with France’s Paul Pogba and he had a couple of massive shots in the first 12 minutes.
Granit Xhaka’s country weren’t giving up without a fight and still found it within themselves to mouth a couple of decent attacks. They even had a slight penalty shout when Bacary Sagna ripped Admir Mehmedi’s shirt in the box.
Pogba went close again in the 17th minute, hitting the bar from range.
Toward the end of the first half, the Swiss had begun to warm into the game but, without the same cutting edge that the French seem to possess, they couldn’t find a way through the defence.
Xhaka had another brilliant first half, bossing the midfield and completing twice a many passes as any other players.
Granit Xhaka's first half by numbers
90% pass accuracy
3 aerial duels won
2 tackles won
1 ripped shirt
Top display pic.twitter.com/wESezftKky
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) June 19, 2016
Xhaka has completed twice as many passes as anyone on pitch so far. Don't think I've seen a player so far ahead of the rest before.
— Thore Haugstad (@Haugstad1006) June 19, 2016
In the second half, Switzerland started brightly. Although France continued to get the better of the chances, the Swiss showed more than once why they shouldn’t be taken for granted.
However, as the half wore on, it was all France. Dimitri Payet came on and had a couple of amazing chances, one of which bounced off the bar and down, making the entire world think he’d scored for a split second.
Unfortunately for the neutral, the match ended 0-0 but both teams progress to the next stages of the Euros.