Switzerland held hosts France to a goalless draw in their last Group A match here to book a berth in the round of 16 of the Euro 2016 football tournament.
France, who had already qualified with two wins, topped the group with seven points, followed by Switzerland with five points. Switzerland had beaten Albania 1-0 and drew with Romania 1-1 in their earlier matches, reports Xinhua.
Albania finally recorded their first point in Sunday night’s other game defeating Romania 1-0 to finish third with three points. They will have to wait to find out if they go through as one of the four best third-placed teams.
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Romania were sent packing with only one point.
“We played well and held firm. We’re through, we can rest up and it’s for other sides to push to play against us,” Switzerland manager Vladimir Petkovic said.
France manager Didier Deschamps defended his decision to field an under-strength squad.
“I am not blind. I realise we are capable of better performances, but a second competition is beginning right now for us. It will begin next Sunday, we have got a long week and time to get prepared,” he said.
“Technically Switzerland did some really good things as well, but we had the best chances. We can’t say they had a lot. With more composure and a bit of luck, we could have won this game. In terms of controlling the game, we should be able to do more and to avoid having to do so much defending.”
Switzerland dominated possession but created no clear cut chances. It was France who should have gone ahead thanks to efforts of their strikers Paul Pogba and Dimitri Payet.
In the 13th minute, Pogba raced down from on high, played a one-two with Kingsley Coman and then fired a shot with left foot from a narrow angle. Switzerland goalkeeper Yann Sommer stopped it with a one-handed save.