Rio de Janeiro: The goals came so easy, and so often, for France in its first two games at the World Cup that one could be forgiven for assuming it might never end. Three against Honduras. Five against Switzerland.
When the well went dry in a scoreless tie against Ecuador on Wednesday, there were bound to be questions. Just do not bring them to France's coach, Didier Deschamps. Unbeaten and safely in the second round as the first-place team in his group, he is not really interested in hearing them.
"We're in the last 16, which was our objective," Deschamps said. "It's going to take more than a draw to stop me from feeling happy about that."