France vs Switzerland: preamble (ctd)
As for France, which reached the round of 16 by dominating group F, the group of death, ahead of Portugal, Germany and Hungary, Blues boss Didier Deschamps warned his team not to “underestimate” Switzerland.
After all, despite their good competitive record against the Swiss, the French have participated in four of the last five meetings of the teams, in all competitions.
Deschamps has had to deal with a growing injury list, after seeing Ousmane Dembélé ruled out from the rest of the Euro after the matchday two draw against Hungary, before watching his two left-backs, Lucas Hernández and Lucas Digne, break Wednesday’s deadlock with Portugal.
With Hernández and Digne outside, midfielder Adrien Rabiot is due to be commissioned today as a makeshift left-back.
Bucharest winners to advance to quarter-final clash with Spain or Croatia Friday in St. Petersburg.
This Last 16 clash is being played out as we speak and has been extended under dramatic circumstances: The Spaniards led 3-1 with just over five minutes left in Copenhagen, but goals from Mislav Osric and Mario Pasalic brought the Croats back to their level.