France claim top spot in Group A after scoreless draw with Switzerland

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France has secured the top spot in Group A after safely playing to a scoreless draw with Switzerland in Lille on Sunday. With the result, the Swiss also advance as the group’s second-place team.

French boss Didier Deschamps made five changes to his starting XI as France needed just a draw to claim first place.

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Paul Pogba was back in the starting lineup after being dropped against Albania, and he clearly got the message from his manager. Pogba was the best player on the pitch for either side in the first half, creating chances moving forward and rattling the crossbar with a long-range effort in the 18th minute.

With the match still scoreless at the hour mark, Deschamps threw on his star playmaker Dimitri Payet, who was originally left out of the starting lineup to rest for the knockout rounds. The move nearly paid off ten minutes later as Payet beautifully connected with off a Moussa Sissoko cross, with the Swiss once again saved by the crossbar.

It wasn’t the most entertaining match, but both sides got the result they needed as France remains unbeaten heading into the knockout rounds.