FIFA World Cup: France Top Group E, Draw Knocks Ecuador Out

France dominated proceedings from the start and maintained their supremacy against Ecuador. The goalless draw - despite several offensives - helped the French top table and the team will now face Nigeria in the knockout stage.

updated: September 08, 2014 13:48 IST
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Tactics? France's Olivier Giroud, right, cleaves with Ecuador's Frickson Erazo.

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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. (Match recap | Standings)

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.

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