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At halftime: Shaqiri brace has Switzerland up 2-0 and primed to advance — FOLLOW LIVE

Jun 25, 2014, 4:50 PM EDT

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Switzerland have taken a giant step towards advancing to the Round of 16 by building a 2-0 halftime lead after Xherdan Shaqiri netted a fantastic double in Manaus.

Over in Rio, a balanced match between France and Ecuador remains scoreless meaning if the results hold it will be Les Bleus winning the group and the Swiss taking second spot over Ecuador.

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Honduras 0-1 Switzerland

Goals: 

6′ – Xherdan Shaqiri puts the Swiss ahead after beating a defender and ripping a shot from outside the box and into the top corner. Switzerland, 1-0 

31′ – After a Victor Bernarndez mistake gives Josep Drmic the ball, the Swiss counter-attack springs with Drmic finding Shaqiri, who cooly places his second into the bottom corner. Switzerland, 2-0

Key moments:

3′ – Swiss striker Josip Drmic crosseds to Shaqiri whose right footed shot from very close range is well-saved by Noel Valladares.

37′ – Gokhan Inler‘s set piece is met by the right foot of Granit Xhaka and his effort screams just wide of the top right corner.

Lineups

Honduras: Valladares (c), Figueroa, Bernardez, J Garcia, W Palacios, Bengtson, Costly, B Garcia, Espinoza, Claros, Beckeles

Switzerland: Benaglio, Lichtsteiner, Inler (c), Xhaka, Behrami, Rodriguez, Mehmedi, Drmic, Djourou, Schaer, Shaqiri

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Ecuador  0-0 France

Goals: 

None. 

Key moments:

15′Moussa Sissoko unleashes a left-footed shot from the right side of the box that Ecuador goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez does well to get low and save.

20′ – Ecuador winger Jefferson Montero picks up the ball and streaks down the left-side and into the box but control becomes an issue and Hugo Lloris snuffs out the attempt.

38′ - Dominguez tips Paul Pogba‘s header over the bar after the Frenchman rises high to meet Antoine Griezmann‘s corner.

Lineups

Ecuador: Dominguez, Guagua, Erazo, Paredes, Noboa, Montero, W. Ayovi, E. Valencia, Minda, Arroyo (c), A. Valencia

France: Lloris (c), Sakho, Benzema, Griezmann, Matuidi, Sagna, Digne Sissoko, Pogba, Koscielny, Schneiderlin

 

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