France vs Ecuador: Draw enough for Les Blues to win the Group
France wrapped up their group stage round by playing out a scoreless draw with Ecuador.
Didier Deschamps decided to rotate his squad as the qualification was all but sealed in the 5-2 destruction of Switzerland and needed only a draw to top the group.
Ecuador on the other hand could only do with a win to qualify for the next round and pray that the Swiss would lose to the whipping boys, Honduras.
Digne, Koscielny, Sagna, Schneiderlin all got a start for the French in the game as Deschamps was looking to keep his starters fresh for the round of 16 clashes.
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Ecuador meanwhile fielded a largely unchanged squad from their win against Honduras.
France played a 4-3-3 with workhorses Pogba, Matuidi, and Schneiderlin in the deeper roles and Sissoko, Benzema, and Griezmann starting in the attacking band of three.
Koscielny started for the rested Varane and Sagna got a start ahead of Debuchy.
Ecuador started with a flat 4-4-2 on the other hand.
The game got off to a very sluggish start and the French were playing the game at their own leisure as they had no reason to display the aggressiveness and urgency that characterized their impressive wins over Honduras and Switzerland.
But this didn’t mean there was a lack of fireworks with plenty of ugly challenges flying in from both sides.
Ecuador’s Noboa had a nasty cut to his head while Blaise Matuidi played the game limping after a hard tackle on him.
Late into the first half, there were chances for either team, but neither of them was able to …