2014 FIFA World Cup Group E

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Group E of the 2014 FIFA World Cup consisted of Switzerland, Ecuador, France, and Honduras. Play began on 15 June and ended on 25 June 2014.

Teams[edit]

Draw position Team Method of
qualification
Date of
qualification
Finals
appearance
Last
appearance
Previous best
performance
FIFA Rankings
October 2013[nb 1] June 2014
E1 (seed)   Switzerland UEFA Group E Winners 11 October 2013 10th 2010 Quarter-finals (1934, 1938, 1954) 7 6
E2  Ecuador CONMEBOL Round Robin 4th place 15 October 2013 3rd 2006 Round of 16 (2006) 22 26
E3  France UEFA Play-off Winners 19 November 2013 14th 2010 Winners (1998) 21 17
E4  Honduras CONCACAF Fourth Round 3rd place 15 October 2013 3rd 2010 Group stage (1982, 2010) 34 33
Notes
  1. ^ The rankings of October 2013 were used for seeding for the final draw.

Standings[edit]

Legend
Group winners and runners-up advanced to the round of 16
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 France 3 2 1 0 8 2 +6 7
  Switzerland 3 2 0 1 7 6 +1 6
 Ecuador 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
 Honduras 3 0 0 3 1 8 −7 0

Matches[edit]

Switzerland vs Ecuador[edit]

The two teams had never met before.[1]

Ecuador took the lead in the first half when Walter Ayoví's free kick was headed in by Enner Valencia. Switzerland equalised early in the second half from another set-piece, Ricardo Rodríguez's corner kick headed in by half-time substitute Admir Mehmedi. The winning goal of the match was scored by another substitute Haris Seferović in the 93rd minute of the game with just 20 seconds remaining in injury time. A Swiss breakaway started in their own penalty area when Valon Behrami won the ball, and finished by Seferović converting Rodríguez's cross.[2]

This was Switzerland's first World Cup win over South American opposition in six attempts.[3]

15 June 2014
13:00 UTC−3
Switzerland   2–1  Ecuador
Mehmedi Goal 48'
Seferović Goal 90+3'
Report E. Valencia Goal 22'
Switzerland
Ecuador
GK 1 Diego Benaglio
RB 2 Stephan Lichtsteiner
CB 20 Johan Djourou Booked 84'
CB 5 Steve von Bergen
LB 13 Ricardo Rodríguez
DM 11 Valon Behrami
DM 8 Gökhan İnler (c)
RW 23 Xherdan Shaqiri
AM 10 Granit Xhaka
LW 14 Valentin Stocker Substituted off 46'
CF 19 Josip Drmić Substituted off 75'
Substitutions:
FW 18 Admir Mehmedi Substituted in 46'
FW 9 Haris Seferović Substituted in 75'
Manager:
Germany Ottmar Hitzfeld
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GK 22 Alexander Domínguez
RB 4 Juan Carlos Paredes Booked 53'
CB 3 Frickson Erazo
CB 2 Jorge Guagua
LB 10 Walter Ayoví
RM 16 Antonio Valencia (c)
CM 23 Carlos Gruezo
CM 6 Christian Noboa
LM 7 Jefferson Montero Substituted off 77'
CF 11 Felipe Caicedo Substituted off 70'
CF 13 Enner Valencia
Substitutions:
MF 15 Michael Arroyo Substituted in 70'
MF 9 Joao Rojas Substituted in 77'
Manager:
Colombia Reinaldo Rueda

Man of the Match:
Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland)

Assistant referees:
Abdukhamidullo Rasulov (Uzbekistan)
Bahadyr Kochkarov (Kyrgyzstan)
Fourth official:
Svein Oddvar Moen (Norway)
Fifth official:
Kim Haglund (Norway)

France vs Honduras[edit]

The two teams had never met before.[5]

The match started without the national anthems being played before the kick-off,[6] which FIFA later said was due to an audio system malfunction.[7] France took the lead in the first half on a penalty kick converted by Karim Benzema, which was awarded on a foul by Wilson Palacios on Paul Pogba, for which Palacios received his second yellow card and was sent off. An own goal by Honduras goalkeeper Noel Valladares early in the second half gave France a two goal lead. Benzema's shot rebounded off the post and then hit Valladares, and despite his effort to scoop it clear, the ball was indicated by goal-line technology to have crossed the line and the goal was awarded. France completed the scoring when Benzema scored his second goal, as he blasted in the rebound after Mathieu Debuchy's shot was inadvertently blocked by Patrice Evra and fell to him in the penalty area.[8]

The second goal was the first time that a goal was awarded in the World Cup with the support of goal-line technology.[9] There was some confusion when the animated replay of the goal was shown in the stadium, however, as when the ball first hit the post, causing "NO GOAL" to correctly flash onto screens in the stadium, it then hit Valladares and crossed the line, producing "GOAL" on the screen. The initial flash of "NO GOAL" drew boos from fans, caused a commotion among the managers and players on the sideline,[10] and led to confusion even from the BBC's experienced television commentator Jonathan Pearce, who required his colleague Martin Keown to explain the incident to him.[11] In response to the confusion, FIFA promised to review how the replays are shown in the future for similar incidents.[12]

Stretching back to their last match of the 1982 World Cup, this was the fifth consecutive World Cup match that Honduras failed to score a goal, matching the record held by Bolivia (1930–1994) and Algeria (1986–2010).[13]

15 June 2014
16:00 UTC−3
France  3–0  Honduras
Benzema Goal 45' (pen.)72'
Valladares Goal 48' (o.g.)
Report
Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre
Attendance: 43,012
Referee: Sandro Ricci (Brazil)[4]
France
Honduras
GK 1 Hugo Lloris (c)
RB 2 Mathieu Debuchy
CB 4 Raphaël Varane
CB 5 Mamadou Sakho
LB 3 Patrice Evra Booked 7'
DM 6 Yohan Cabaye Booked 45+2' Substituted off 65'
CM 14 Blaise Matuidi
CM 19 Paul Pogba Booked 28' Substituted off 57'
RF 8 Mathieu Valbuena Substituted off 78'
CF 10 Karim Benzema
LF 11 Antoine Griezmann
Substitutions:
MF 18 Moussa Sissoko Substituted in 57'
MF 12 Rio Mavuba Substituted in 65'
FW 9 Olivier Giroud Substituted in 78'
Manager:
Didier Deschamps
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GK 18 Noel Valladares (c)
RB 3 Maynor Figueroa
CB 21 Brayan Beckeles
CB 5 Víctor Bernárdez Substituted off 46'
LB 7 Emilio Izaguirre
RM 17 Andy Najar Substituted off 58'
CM 19 Luis Garrido Booked 83'
CM 8 Wilson Palacios Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 28', 43'
LM 15 Roger Espinoza
SS 13 Carlo Costly
CF 11 Jerry Bengtson Substituted off 46'
Substitutions:
MF 14 Óscar García Booked 53' Substituted in 46'
DF 2 Osman Chávez Substituted in 46'
MF 20 Jorge Claros Substituted in 58'
Manager:
Colombia Luis Fernando Suárez

Man of the Match:
Karim Benzema (France)

Assistant referees:
Emerson de Carvalho (Brazil)
Marcelo Van Gasse (Brazil)
Fourth official:
Peter O'Leary (New Zealand)
Fifth official:
Jan-Hendrik Hintz (New Zealand)

Switzerland vs France[edit]

The two teams had met in 36 previous matches, including in the 2006 FIFA World Cup group stage, a 0–0 draw.[14]

France took the lead in the 17th minute when Olivier Giroud headed in Mathieu Valbuena's corner. Almost straight from the restart, Karim Benzema intercepted a Swiss pass and set up Blaise Matuidi to increase the lead. Later, Benzema was tripped by Johan Djourou in the penalty box, but his penalty was saved by Swiss goalkeeper Diego Benaglio and Yohan Cabaye shot the rebound onto the crossbar. A quick counter-attack saw Giroud cross for Valbuena and France took a 3–0 lead at half time. France added two more goals in the second half, first Paul Pogba crossing for Benzema to score, then Benzema setting up Moussa Sissoko. Switzerland scored two late consolation goals, from a long-range free kick by substitute Blerim Džemaili, and a volley by Granit Xhaka after a pass by Gökhan Inler.[15]

Giroud's goal was France's 100th goal in the World Cup, joining four other countries to have achieved this feat (Brazil, Germany, Italy and Argentina).[16]

20 June 2014
16:00 UTC−3
Switzerland   2–5  France
Džemaili Goal 81'
Xhaka Goal 87'
Report Giroud Goal 17'
Matuidi Goal 18'
Valbuena Goal 40'
Benzema Goal 67'
Sissoko Goal 73'
Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador
Attendance: 51,003
Referee: Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)
Switzerland
France
GK 1 Diego Benaglio
RB 2 Stephan Lichtsteiner
CB 20 Johan Djourou
CB 5 Steve von Bergen Substituted off 9'
LB 13 Ricardo Rodríguez
DM 11 Valon Behrami Substituted off 46'
DM 8 Gökhan İnler (c)
CM 10 Granit Xhaka
RW 23 Xherdan Shaqiri
LW 18 Admir Mehmedi
CF 9 Haris Seferović Substituted off 69'
Substitutions:
DF 4 Philippe Senderos Substituted in 9'
MF 15 Blerim Džemaili Substituted in 46'
FW 19 Josip Drmić Substituted in 69'
Manager:
Germany Ottmar Hitzfeld
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GK 1 Hugo Lloris (c)
RB 2 Mathieu Debuchy
CB 4 Raphaël Varane
CB 5 Mamadou Sakho Substituted off 66'
LB 3 Patrice Evra
DM 6 Yohan Cabaye Booked 88'
CM 18 Moussa Sissoko
CM 14 Blaise Matuidi
RW 8 Mathieu Valbuena Substituted off 82'
LW 10 Karim Benzema
CF 9 Olivier Giroud Substituted off 63'
Substitutions:
MF 19 Paul Pogba Substituted in 63'
DF 21 Laurent Koscielny Substituted in 67'
MF 11 Antoine Griezmann Substituted in 82'
Manager:
Didier Deschamps

Man of the Match:
Karim Benzema (France)

Assistant referees:
Sander van Roekel (Netherlands)
Erwin Zeinstra (Netherlands)
Fourth official:
Svein Oddvar Moen (Norway)
Fifth official:
Kim Haglund (Norway)

Honduras vs Ecuador[edit]

The two teams had met in 13 previous matches, all in friendlies, most recently in 2013.[17] The two coaches, fellow Colombians Luis Fernando Suárez and Reinaldo Rueda, had previously managed their opponents: Suárez managed Ecuador in the 2006 World Cup, while Rueda managed Honduras in the 2010 World Cup.[18] Honduras midfielder Wilson Palacios was suspended for the match, having received a red card against France.[19]

Honduras took the lead in the first half when Carlo Costly collected goalkeeper Noel Valladares's long clearance to score. Ecuador, which needed at least a point to stay alive in the competition, equalised three minutes later when Juan Paredes's shot was deflected and Enner Valencia turned the ball in at the far post. Enner Valencia scored the game winner in the second half, heading in a free kick from Walter Ayoví.[20]

Costly's goal snapped Honduras's 511-minute World Cup scoreless streak stretching back to 1982, second place at the time to the record of 517 minutes between 1930 and 1990 held by Bolivia.[21] Enner Valencia's brace gave him three total goals in the tournament, and he joined Agustín Delgado as the country's joint top scorer in the World Cup.[22]

20 June 2014
19:00 UTC−3
Honduras  1–2  Ecuador
Costly Goal 31' Report E. Valencia Goal 34'65'
Arena da Baixada, Curitiba
Attendance: 39,224
Referee: Ben Williams (Australia)
Honduras
Ecuador
GK 18 Noel Valladares (c)
RB 21 Brayan Beckeles
CB 5 Víctor Bernárdez Booked 7'
CB 3 Maynor Figueroa
LB 7 Emilio Izaguirre Substituted off 46'
RM 14 Óscar García Substituted off 83'
CM 19 Luis Garrido Substituted off 71'
CM 20 Jorge Claros
LM 15 Roger Espinoza
SS 13 Carlo Costly
CF 11 Jerry Bengtson Booked 45+3'
Substitutions:
DF 6 Juan Carlos García Substituted in 46'
MF 10 Mario Martínez Substituted in 71'
MF 23 Marvin Chávez Substituted in 83'
Manager:
Colombia Luis Fernando Suárez
HON-ECU 2014-06-20.svg
GK 22 Alexander Domínguez
RB 4 Juan Carlos Paredes
CB 3 Frickson Erazo
CB 2 Jorge Guagua
LB 10 Walter Ayoví
RM 16 Antonio Valencia (c) Booked 57'
CM 14 Oswaldo Minda Substituted off 83'
CM 6 Christian Noboa
LM 7 Jefferson Montero Booked 80' Substituted off 90+2'
CF 11 Felipe Caicedo Substituted off 82'
CF 13 Enner Valencia Booked 73'
Substitutions:
MF 8 Édison Méndez Substituted in 82'
MF 23 Carlos Gruezo Substituted in 83'
DF 21 Gabriel Achilier Substituted in 90+2'
Manager:
Colombia Reinaldo Rueda

Man of the Match:
Enner Valencia (Ecuador)

Assistant referees:
Matthew Cream (Australia)
Hakan Anaz (Australia)
Fourth official:
Yuichi Nishimura (Japan)
Fifth official:
Toru Sagara (Japan)

Honduras vs Switzerland[edit]

The two teams had met in one previous match, in the 2010 FIFA World Cup group stage, a 0–0 draw.[23]

All three goals of the match were scored by Xherdan Shaqiri. In the sixth minute, he received the ball from Stephan Lichtsteiner, dribbled inside and curled the ball into the net. In the 31st minute, a break-away by Switzerland saw Josip Drmić setting up Shaqiri to convert. Shaqiri completed his hat-trick in the 71st minute, from another break-away and assist by Drmić. As Ecuador drew with France in the other match taking place simultaneously, Switzerland sealed a place in the knockout stage as the group runners-up, while Honduras, which needed a win to have any chance of qualifying for the knockout stage for the first time, were eliminated with zero points.[24]

Shaqiri's hat-trick was the 50th hat-trick in the history of the World Cup, and also the second by a Swiss player, following Josef Hügi in the 1954 World Cup.[25] Honduras completed their third World Cup tournament still without a win, and had played more matches (nine total) without a win than any other side.[26]

25 June 2014
16:00 UTC−4
Honduras  0–3   Switzerland
Report Shaqiri Goal 6'31'71'
Arena da Amazônia, Manaus
Attendance: 40,322
Referee: Néstor Pitana (Argentina)
Honduras
Switzerland
GK 18 Noel Valladares (c)
RB 21 Brayan Beckeles
CB 5 Víctor Bernárdez
CB 3 Maynor Figueroa
LB 6 Juan Carlos García
CM 20 Jorge Claros
CM 8 Wilson Palacios
RW 14 Óscar García Substituted off 77'
LW 15 Roger Espinoza Substituted off 46'
SS 13 Carlo Costly Substituted off 40'
CF 11 Jerry Bengtson
Substitutions:
FW 9 Jerry Palacios Booked 66' Substituted in 40'
MF 23 Marvin Chávez Substituted in 46'
MF 17 Andy Najar Substituted in 77'
Manager:
Colombia Luis Fernando Suárez
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GK 1 Diego Benaglio
RB 2 Stephan Lichtsteiner
CB 20 Johan Djourou
CB 22 Fabian Schär
LB 13 Ricardo Rodríguez
CM 11 Valon Behrami
CM 8 Gökhan İnler (c)
RW 23 Xherdan Shaqiri Substituted off 87'
AM 10 Granit Xhaka Substituted off 77'
LW 18 Admir Mehmedi
CF 19 Josip Drmić Substituted off 74'
Substitutions:
FW 9 Haris Seferović Substituted in 74'
DF 6 Michael Lang Substituted in 77'
MF 15 Blerim Džemaili Substituted in 87'
Manager:
Germany Ottmar Hitzfeld

Man of the Match:
Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland)

Assistant referees:
Hernán Maidana (Argentina)
Juan Pablo Belatti (Argentina)
Fourth official:
Milorad Mažić (Serbia)
Fifth official:
Milovan Ristić (Serbia)

Ecuador vs France[edit]

The two teams had met in one previous match, in a friendly in 2008.[23] France midfielder Yohan Cabaye was suspended for the match due to accumulation of yellow cards.[27]

The match finished goalless, with the point enough to confirm France's place in the knockout stage, winning the group with seven points. Ecuador, which had to match Switzerland's result in the final match to have any chance of qualification, had captain Antonio Valencia sent off in the second half after a tackle on Lucas Digne. As Switzerland defeated Honduras in the other match played at the same time, Ecuador were eliminated.[28]

25 June 2014
17:00 UTC−3
Ecuador  0–0  France
Report
Ecuador
France
GK 22 Alexander Domínguez
RB 4 Juan Carlos Paredes
CB 2 Jorge Guagua
CB 3 Frickson Erazo Booked 83'
LB 10 Walter Ayoví
RM 16 Antonio Valencia (c) Red card 50'
CM 14 Oswaldo Minda
CM 6 Christian Noboa Substituted off 89'
LM 7 Jefferson Montero Substituted off 63'
CF 15 Michael Arroyo Substituted off 82'
CF 13 Enner Valencia
Substitutions:
MF 5 Renato Ibarra Substituted in 63'
DF 21 Gabriel Achilier Substituted in 82'
FW 11 Felipe Caicedo Substituted in 89'
Manager:
Colombia Reinaldo Rueda
ECU-FRA 2014-06-25.svg
GK 1 Hugo Lloris (c)
RB 15 Bacary Sagna
CB 21 Laurent Koscielny
CB 5 Mamadou Sakho Substituted off 61'
LB 17 Lucas Digne
DM 22 Morgan Schneiderlin
CM 19 Paul Pogba
CM 14 Blaise Matuidi Substituted off 67'
RW 11 Antoine Griezmann Substituted off 79'
LW 18 Moussa Sissoko
CF 10 Karim Benzema
Substitutions:
DF 4 Raphaël Varane Substituted in 61'
FW 9 Olivier Giroud Substituted in 67'
FW 20 Loïc Rémy Substituted in 79'
Manager:
Didier Deschamps

Man of the Match:
Alexander Domínguez (Ecuador)

Assistant referees:
Songuifolo Yeo (Ivory Coast)
Jean-Claude Birumushahu (Burundi)
Fourth official:
Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)
Fifth official:
Sander van Roekel (Netherlands)

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