World Cup Brazil: Despite draw (0-0), France sends Ecuador back home
By Frans van Hees | www.AboutBrasil.com | Week 26, June 2014
Rio de Janeiro — As
winner of Group E, Francehas qualified for the second round of World Cup 2014 in Brazil. In Rio de Janeiro, in the
famous soccer stadium Maracanã, the
French soccer teamcould not beat
It only really bothered Ecuador, as it is the
only South American team not to go through to the second round. Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Uruguay do.
For the team of Didier Deschamps, the quarterfinals should also be feasible. In the second round France will encounter Nigeria, which became runner-up in Group F with winner Argentina.
After just eight minutes, the Frenchman Mamadou Sakho escaped from a red card for a nasty elbow.
After the break, it was Ecuador that did get a red card. rasil was assisted by Referee Noumandiez Doué from Côte d'Ivoire showed it to Antonio Valencia, midfielder of Manchester United.
Karim Benzemawould have liked to join Lionel Messi and Neymar at the top of the goalscorers list, but the Real Madrid striker was not able to score his fourth goal. Antoine Griezmann was closer to a goal, but the striker of Real Sociedad hit the post.
Matches & Standings Group E - World Cup 2014