Group E

  • World Cup 2014: Di Maria's 118-minute strike seals Argentina's QF place July 2, 2014

    Sao Paulo: Angel Di Maria scored in the 118th minute on Tuesday to give Argentina a 1-0 win over Switzerland after extra time and a spot in the World Cup quarter-finals. With a penalty shootout looming, Lionel Messi made a surging run toward the Swiss area and laid the ball...
  • World Cup 2014: Switzerland meet Argentina in last 16 as Shaqiri sinks Honduras June 26, 2014

    Manaus: Xherdan Shaqiri scored all three goals on Wednesday to put Switzerland into the second round of the World Cup with a 3-0 victory over Honduras. The Swiss will next face Lionel Messi and Argentina on Tuesday in Sao Paulo. Shaqiri scored his first goal in the sixth minute, dribbling into a...
  • World Cup 2014: France top Group E after Ecuador draw, play Nigeria in Round of 16 June 26, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: 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...
  • As it happened: Honduras vs Switzerland, Ecuador vs France June 26, 2014

    Catch all the LIVE updates from both the Group E matches as Honduras take on Switzerland whereas Ecuador face France. (Scroll down for the Live Blog) Exactly four years after their last World Cup meeting, Switzerland and Honduras will face each other under almost identical circumstances. If France beat Ecuador in...
  • World Cup 2014: France look to repeat 1998 feat with three group wins June 25, 2014

    If France beat Ecuador in Wednesday's Group E match, it will be the first time they have won all three group games in a major competition since 1998 - the year they went on to win the World Cup. This kind of talk worries France coach Didier Deschamps, who captained the...
  • World Cup 2014: 4 years later, Switzerland and Honduras meet again June 24, 2014

    Manaus: Exactly four years after their last World Cup meeting, Switzerland and Honduras will face each other under almost identical circumstances. The teams drew 0-0 at the last World Cup on June 25, 2010, a result that led to the elimination of both teams. On Wednesday - June 25, 2014...
  • World Cup 2014: Switzerland defender Steve von Bergen out with an injury June 21, 2014

    Salvador: Switzerland central defender Steve von Bergen is out of the World Cup after breaking a facial bone in his team's 5-2 loss to France. Von Bergen was kicked in the face by France striker Olivier Giroud as they challenged for the ball in the seventh minute of Friday's match in...
  • World Cup 2014: Benzema's form could make him a star in Brazil June 21, 2014

    Karim Benzema had never scored in a major competition before this World Cup. Now he's quickly becoming one of the stars of the tournament. His outstanding performance in Friday's 5-2 win against Switzerland, where he scored one goal, made another and was a fraction away from scoring another, earned him a...
  • World Cup 2014: France showing spirit of '98, says Didier Deschamps June 21, 2014

    France coach Didier Deschamps said his side were showing the grit and determination he and his team mates had when they swept to World Cup victory in 1998 after they demolished Switzerland 5-2 on Friday. France are now virtually assured of qualification from Group E after a superb attacking display at...
  • World Cup 2014: Ecuador edge past Honduras to stay alive June 21, 2014

    Brazil: Ecuador forward Enner Valencia scored twice in a 2-1 comeback victory over Honduras on Friday that kept his team in contention at the World Cup. Ecuador moved into second spot in Group E with a match remaining against group-leading France, who have had two dominating wins. Honduras took the lead in...
  • As it happened: World Cup 2014, Honduras vs Ecuador June 21, 2014

    Catch all the Live action from the Group E encounter between Honduras and Ecuador at the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba. (Scroll down for the Live Blog) When Ecuador and Honduras meet at the Arena da Baixada, there's every chance they will play in the knowledge that defeat will end...
  • World Cup 2014: France crush Switzerland 5-2 to lead Group E June 21, 2014

    Salvador: Forwards Olivier Giroud and Karim Benzema each scored one goal and created another as a rampant France blew away Switzerland 5-2 Friday 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...
  • World Cup 2014: Ecuador, Honduras meet in a must-win game June 20, 2014

    When Ecuador and Honduras meet at the Arena da Baixada on Friday, there's every chance they will play in the knowledge that defeat will end all hope of qualifying for the knockout stages of the World Cup. The two teams face each other in the southern city of Curitiba soon after...
  • World Cup 2014: French take on Swiss in potential Group E decider June 20, 2014

    RIBEIRAO PRETO: Coach Didier Deschamps is trying to take the spotlight away from striker Karim Benzema heading into France's potentially decisive clash with Switzerland on Friday. Whoever wins in Salvador will take a significant step toward clinching top spot in Group E and therefore avoid a likely match against Lionel Messi's...
  • World Cup 2014: France benefit from raging Benzema's return to form June 18, 2014

    With the weight of France's attacking options resting largely on his shoulders in the absence of the injured Franck Ribery, Karim Benzema has made a fine start to the World Cup. Benzema, who last month helped Real Madrid win their 10th European Cup, came close to a hat-trick in France's 3-0...
  • World Cup 2014: Goal-line technology makes a controversial debut, denies Karim Benzema a hat-trick June 16, 2014

    The much talked about goal-line technology finally made an appearance at the World Cup. As Karim Benzema's left foot strike thundered against the goal post the referee's watch signaled 'No Goal', and then a few seconds later it flashed 'Goal'. Sandro Ricci was left confused, as were the commentators. In...
  • World Cup 2014: No.10s Lionel Messi and Karim Benzema share limelight June 16, 2014

    It had been a long time coming. Captain Lionel Messi finally ended an eight-year wait for a World Cup goal on Sunday as Argentina edged past debutants Bosnia at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, while fellow No. 10, France's Karim Benzema, put two past Honduras in a man-of-the-match...
  • World Cup 2014: Karim Benzema brace helps France cruise past Honduras June 16, 2014

    Porto Alegre: Karim Benzema scored twice and created a third that was confirmed by goal-line technology as France beat Honduras 3-0 on Sunday in their first World Cup match. The dominant win was a relief for France, whose team of highly paid players failed to win in South Africa and was...
  • The Beautiful Game: Second half substitutions key in Switzerland's win June 16, 2014

    A goal deep in stoppage-time by Haris Seferovic gave Switzerland a dramatic 2-1 victory over Ecuador in their Group E opener. ...
  • World Cup 2014, France vs Honduras: as it happened June 16, 2014

    Catch all the Live action from the Group E encounter between France and Honduras at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre. (Scroll down for the Live blog) Former champions France should put underdogs Honduras to the sword in their World Cup Group E opener in Porto Alegre on Sunday - although...
  • World Cup 2014: Seferovic's late-strike seals Switzerland win over Ecuador June 15, 2014

    Brasilia: A goal deep in stoppage-time by Haris Seferovic gave Switzerland a dramatic 2-1 victory over Ecuador in their Group E opener at the World Cup on Sunday. A low-quality match looked destined to end in a draw until substitute Seferovic fired home the winner from close range in the...
  • As it happened: World Cup 2014, Switzerland vs Ecuador June 15, 2014

    Switzerland have improved since the last World Cup in 2010 and are confident they can reach the last 16 as one of two qualifiers from Group E. Speaking ahead of Sunday's opening game against Ecuador, the experienced Hitzfeld said an injection of youth and creativity allied with traditional Swiss defensive solidity...
  • World Cup 2014: Switzerland upbeat ahead of first game against Ecuador June 15, 2014

    Switzerland have improved since the last World Cup in 2010 and are confident they can reach the last 16 as one of two qualifiers from Group E, coach Ottmar Hitzfeld said on Saturday. Speaking ahead of Sunday's opening game against Ecuador, the experienced Hitzfeld said an injection of youth and creativity...
  • World Cup 2014: Erratic France aim not to trip over underdogs Honduras June 15, 2014

    Former champions France should put underdogs Honduras to the sword in their World Cup Group E opener in Porto Alegre on Sunday - although their penchant for self-destruction gives the Central Americans hope of an upset. Les Bleus go into the campaign with a happier, more settled squad under coach Didier...
  • World Cup 2014: Lichtsteiner could have wings clipped by pacey Ecuador June 15, 2014

    Stephan Lichtsteiner, whose marauding runs down right flank for Switzerland have earned him the nickname Forrest Gump, may find his style cramped by Ecuador's pacey wingers in Sunday's World Cup match. The Swiss right back, one of his team's most potent attacking weapons, could find himself bogged down with less-favoured defensive...
  • FIFA World Cup 2014: Olivier Giroud ready to face up to Honduras battering June 13, 2014

    Brazil: France's opening match at the World Cup against a Honduras side with a reputation for aggression promises to be a bruising encounter on Sunday. And France striker Olivier Giroud thinks it will suit him perfectly. After an encouraging season for Arsenal in the combative Premier League, Giroud is relishing the...
  • World Cup 2014: France's Giroud, Koscielny cleared to resume training June 13, 2014

    Ribeirao: France striker Olivier Giroud and center half Laurent Koscielny have been cleared to take part in Thursday's training session after sitting out the previous day's practice to have some physio treatment. Giroud had some tightness in his left hamstring and Koscielny, his Arsenal club teammate, has some tendinitis in his...
  • FIFA World Cup: France finally find recipe for midfield success June 11, 2014

    After years of underachieving and failed promise, France have a midfield to be proud of again. The successful France teams of the past revolved around great midfields, with Michel Platini and Zinedine Zidane freed to shine because the likes of Didier Deschamps and Patrick Vieira did the lead up work. France's attack...
  • FIFA World Cup: Les Bleus leave for Brazil full of confidence June 10, 2014

    Winning with a large score against "Reggae boys" at home, Les Bleus finished in a blaze of victory their preparation for World Cup games that boosted their confidence to make victory in the international tournament. In their last warm-up on Sunday, France thrashed Jamaica 8-0, Les Bleus' second heaviest win after...
  • France coach finds way to play Benzema and Giroud June 9, 2014

    Lille: Franck Ribery's injury means that Karim Benzema and Olivier Giroud will likely play together at the World Cup, with coach Didier Deschamps finding a way to accommodate them both by shifting Benzema onto the left flank. Pairing Benzema and Giroud has failed to work in the past, but that was...