FIFA World Cup: France Top Group E, Draw Knocks Ecuador Out

France dominated proceedings from the start and maintained their supremacy against Ecuador. The goalless draw - despite several offensives - helped the French top table and the team will now face Nigeria in the knockout stage.

Updated: September 08, 2014 13:48 IST
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Tactics? France's Olivier Giroud, right, cleaves with Ecuador's Frickson Erazo.

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Rio de Janeiro: France drew 0-0 with 10-man Ecuador to advance to the second round of the World Cup on Wednesday, while the South Americans will be going home from the tournament. (Match recap | Standings)

In the other final Group E game, Switzerland defeated 3-0 Honduras to finish in second place and join France in the knockout stages.

Ecuador played a man short at Rio's Maracana stadium when Antonio Valencia was sent off on a straight red card in the 50th minute for digging his studs into the leg of French defender Lucas Digne.

France coach Didier Deschamps has made six changes to start the match, knowing his side was all but assured of advancing.

France came closest to scoring when Antoine Griezmann hit the post in the 47th.

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