Stats: France put in best performance of World Cup so far

France National Team

France blew Switzerland away to seal their place in the next round of the World Cup and despite conceding two late goals, put on an incredible display.

The European rivals met in what was arguably the best game of the tournament so far as France came out on top in a thrilling 5-2 victory.

Les Bleus performance was the best by any team in the tournament so far and their attacking play was too much for a Switzerland side that only conceded six goals in qualifying for the World Cup.

Goals from Olivier Giroud, Blaise Matuidi, Mathieu Valbuena, Karim Benzema and Moussa Sissoko sealed the win for Didier Deschamps side who confirmed their place in the last 16 of the competition with the victory.

Late strikes from Blerim Dzemaili and Granit Xhaka ruined a solid defensive display but their overall performance was simply stunning.

The Netherlands, Germany and Colombia all impressed during the first round of games with the Dutch's dominating 5-1 win against Spain particularly impressive, but France eclipsed all of those displays in their win against Switzerland.

  MatchdayGoalsTotal Scoring AttBig Chance MissedAccurate PassSuccessful Final Third Passes
Netherlands 01 5 14 2 276 54
Germany 01 4 13 3 479 112
Colombia 01 3 13 0 314 94

The three performance's above were the most eye-catching in the first round of matches but the France display against the Swiss was even more productive.

Germany have yet to play their second game, as they prepare to face Ghana on Saturday night, but the Netherlands, Colombia and France have all won their opening two fixtures.

France saw off Honduras 3-0 in a comfortable opener and built on that victory with a dominant showing against their neighbours Switzerland.

  MatchdayGoalsTotal Scoring AttBig Chance MissedAccurate PassSuccessful Final Third Passes
France 02 5 22 2 280 74

Les Bleus scored five times and could have had more as Benzema missed a penalty before Yohan Cabaye fired the rebound against the crossbar.

They had 22 scoring attempts, eight more than the Dutch recorded against Spain, and also made more passes than the Netherlands.

Germany and Colombia were more dominant in the final third, but were unable to add more goals than France and the efficient play of the French was unstoppable.

After two hugely disappointing displays in the past two major tournaments France are looking in good shape to make a charge at the World Cup trophy this year and will want to build on their excellent result against Switzerland when they face Ecuador next Wednesday.

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