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World Cup Day Nine: Switzerland v. France

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The day's most intriguing fixture comes in Salvador, where Group E frontrunners Switzerland and France face off.

Jeff Gross

SB Nation's 2014 World Cup Preview'

Switzerland v. France
Friday, June 20th | 8PM BST/3PM EST
Television Listings | Full Schedule

Group E

Another group in which it looks as though the team at the top is a class above the others, though Switzerland will hope they can carry momentum from their late win earlier in the week against Ecuador. They floundered for large spells before equalizing early in the second half, and while it looked as though neither side would earn all three points, the Swiss got an injury-time winner from substitute Haris Seferovic. Rumored Liverpool target Xherdan Shaqiri played all ninety minutes to mixed effect, and he should be on display again today against a French side that's looking increasingly impressive.

Didier Deschamp's squad rolled to victory over a downright nasty Honduras team, with Wilson Palacios sent off in the first half and Karim Benzema bagging a brace. France have been a fun joke for most of the past few years and barely made it through qualifying, but now they're a dark horse favorite to make a deep run. Mamadou Sakho should continue his spell in defense alongside Raphael Varane; Sakho was excellent against Honduras despite the protestations of aggrieved Arsenal supporters, and odds are good that he'll put in another commanding, controlled display this afternoon.

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