FIFA World Cup 2014: France clinches top spot in Group E; Ecuador out

first_imgEcuador’s Jefferson Montero takes a shot which is saved by France’s goalkeeper Hugo Lloris as Lucas Digne moves in. (AP Photo) France drew 0-0 with 10-man Ecuador to advance to the second round of the World Cup, 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. For the IndiaToday World Cup homepage, click here.  Lineups: Ecuador: Alexander Dominguez; Jorge Guagua, Frickson Erazo; Juan Paredes, Cristhian Noboa, Walter Ayovi, Oswaldo Minda, Antonio Valencia, Michael Arroyo, Jefferson Montero; Enner Valencia.France: Hugo Lloris; Bacary Sagna, Mamadou Sakho, Laurent Koscielny, Lucas Digne; Paul Pogba, Morgan Schneiderlin, Blaise Matuidi; Antoine Griezmann, Karim Benzema, Moussa Sissoko.last_img