A Tie Sends France Through and Eliminates Ecuador

France won Group E with 7 points to advance to the knockout rounds. Switzerland claimed the second spot by virtue of a 3-0 rout of Honduras in Manaus. Honduras and Ecuador became the first teams from Central or South America to be eliminated from this World Cup.

updated: June 26, 2014 10:38 IST
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France's Paul Pogba (19) heads the ball towards the goal against Ecuador

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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."

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