Naijat News – Sports > Football News > Euro 2016. France 0-0 Switzerland both sides through Group A. Pogba hits bar twice in first half; Payet on after 62 mins, also smacks woodwork; France top group, Swiss second in group A.
Switzerland and France played out a Euro 2016 goalless draw which took the Swiss into the last 16 and saw the French win Group A.
Paul Pogba – recalled by France in one of five changes – was lively and hit the woodwork twice in the first half.
French substitute Dimitri Payet also struck the crossbar with a brilliant volley from Moussa Sissoko’s cross.
Switzerland could have had a penalty when Bacary Sagna pulled Blerim Dzemaili’s shirt in injury time.
France will now play a third-placed team in Lyon on Sunday, while the Swiss will play the second-placed team in Group C, likely to be Poland, at Saint-Etienne the day before.
With Albania beating Romania 1-0, Switzerland would have progressed even if they had lost at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Lille.
Switzerland have not beaten France in seven meetings now and rarely looked like ending that run, failing to hit the target with six shots – three were off target and three blocked.
However, they played well – a long way from their 5-2 hammering by Les Bleus at the 2014 World Cup – and had 58% possession.
They could even have topped the group above the hosts had they been awarded a penalty at the end when Sagna fouled Dzemaili.
This is the first time they have qualified for the knockout stages of a European Championship, at the fourth attempt.