In Tournament Packed With Goals, France Stuffs in Five More

France's 5-2 victory against Switzerland was merely the latest indication in this delightful FIFA World Cup that defenders no longer rule.

updated: June 21, 2014 09:00 IST
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Exquisite beauty! Karim Benzema was his 'poetic' best as he helped France beat Switzerland.

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Salvador: It was a gorgeous, ruthless finish from Karim Benzema: a perfectly timed swing of the right leg on the move from the French striker that put the ball into the upper left corner of the Switzerland goal.

The problem was that it did not count, with referee Bjorn Kuipers indicating that he had blown the final whistle just before Benzema pounced.

On a normal night and in a normal World Cup, this could have been pivotal, at the very least a source of heated debate, but at this stage it only produced Gallic shrugs.

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