France, having already basically qualified for the second round, seemed reasonably comfortable in securing a draw against Ecuador. Despite several chances in front of goal, they were unable to beat the Ecuadorian keeper Dominguez, with several superb saves denying Benzema, Griezman and co.
Ecuador rarely looked to threaten France, with star forward Enner Valencia failing to find his rhythm after an early knock. A red card for Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia saw Ecuador’s challenge snuffed out, and with it any chance of progressing to the second round.
In the other match, Switzerland made amends for the capitulation against France with an Xherdan Shaqiri hat trick, sending them through the second round and condemning Honduras to three straight defeats.
Switzerland now face the tough task of facing Argentina in the second round, who were impressive against Nigeria. France will face off against Nigeria, who will provide a similar challenge as Ecuador.