This Monday, the Blues will try to snatch their place in the quarter-finals of the Euro. But for that, we will have to beat the Swiss, who finished third in Pool A behind Italy and Wales. However, we know our neighbors quite well and above all this confrontation is a true classic of international competitions.
Indeed, in 2004, for the Euro, the Blues are found in the group of Croatia, England and Switzerland. The French will win quietly on the score of three goals to one. The first goal is the work of Zinedine Zidane, the Helvetians equalize through Johan Vonlanthen before Thierry Henry offers himself a brace in the second half.
The Blues knocked out Switzerland in 2014
Two years later, in the World Cup, rebel. The French cross their neighbor on their way. But this time, no winner despite French domination. Final score 0-0, this will not prevent a few weeks later Zidane and company from reaching the final of this competition, losing only on penalties against Italy.
Small good forward. 2014 World Cup, this time the Blues are ready and Karim Benzema too. They literally crush the Swiss with a very high first period. Olivier Giroud, Blaise Matuidi and Mathieu Valbuena score the goals in the first half and Benzema, who will make up for it in the second half, has the luxury of missing a penalty. In the second half, Benzema and Sissoko found the fault, but the Swiss also through Dzemaili and Xhaka. Final score 5-2.
4 draws in 7 confrontations since 2003
Finally, the last meeting between the two teams competing at Euro 2016, in France. Once again, neither of the two teams will find the fault and the confrontation will give birth to a 0-0 between the two favorites of this group (Romania and Albania were obviously a sparring partner). Paul Pogba and the French had the best opportunities, without finding the loophole.
In addition, the two nations also met in a friendly match (2-0 for the Blues) and in the World Cup qualifiers (0-0 then 1-1). The good news is that since 2003, the Blues have never lost against the Swiss. On the other hand, the country of Rodger Federer has often held them in check (4 draws in 7 matches). This time, the Blues, we will have to win and send a message to Europe.