We meet once again ! Held in check by Portugal (2-2), the France team, which had already qualified before kick-off, finished this group stage in first place in Group F. Result: our Blues will face the Switzerland next Monday in Bucharest, in the round of 16. A first since the two nations have never faced each other in a knockout match.
But between Switzerland and France, it’s an old story. Indeed, the Habs will face their neighbors for the fifth time in the last eight major international tournaments (Euro 2004, World 2006, World 2014, Euro 2016, Euro 2020). The general record between the two teams is rather balanced (16 wins for France, 12 for Switzerland and 10 draws in 38 games), but France remains on seven matches without defeat (3 wins and 4 draws).
Switzerland facing a mountain
On paper, facing Xherdan Shaqiri’s partners is the best possible scenario when you know that Germany will play England at Wembley and Portugal will challenge Belgium in Seville. If optimism is therefore the order of the day for Didier Deschamps’ gang, what do the Swiss think? “The last time Switzerland beat France, Didier Deschamps was still playing. The Blues have therefore been the law for 29 years ”, writes Blick.
“Switzerland will have to beat the world champions. The game dreaded by so many Romans should unleash passions on both sides of the Jura in the coming days ”, highlighted The morning, which also recalls these 29 years of famine against the Blues and the repeated Swiss failures from the knockout phase during the last three competitions in which the Nati participated. Finally, Freedom confirms that Switzerland “Will not leave with the favors of the forecasts”, but is already looking forward to having a “Tantalizing Switzerland-France” in eighths.
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