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France Top Group, 10-man Ecuador Out After Draw | Reuters

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France topped the group with seven points while Switzerland finished on six, Ecuador ended with four and Honduras none. With little pressure on France, who were all but assured of a place in the second round, coach Didier Deschamps made six changes to his starting lineup. Ecuador knew they needed a victory to have any hope of progressing but they struggled to create many opportunities. A relaxed-looking France team had the better of the early exchanges, but it was not until the 38th minute that they truly threatened when Ecuador keeper Alexander Dominguez tipped over a powerful header from Paul Pogba. Ecuador's only first half opportunity came when Michael Arroyo burst down the left flank and Enner Valencia met his cross with a downward header which was blocked by the feet of France keeper Hugo Lloris. France almost broke the deadlock shortly after the blog url interval when Bacary Sagna crossed from the right and Antoine Griezmanns volley bounced off Dominguez on to the post. Ecuador's see here hopes suffered a major blow, though, moments later when Antonio Valencia was sent off for a challenge on Lucas Digne which left the France left back needing treatment. However, the decision brought Ecuador to life and they should have had the lead when Cristian Noboa was put through by Enner Valencia but lost his balance and screwed a shot wide. Pogba missed a great chance for France in the 73rd minute when, unmarked at the back post, he headed wide.

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