France drew their final game last night against Ecuador 0-0 in the World Cup to win Group E and advance to the round of the last 16, and Moussa Sissoko again played the whole game for France, as he had in the last game – the 5-2 win against Switzerland when he scored in the 73rd minute – his very first International goal.
Moussa Sissoko – starter now for France
Switzerland beat Honduras 3-0 and they go through with 6 points in second place, and while all this was happening the England squad arrived home in Manchester, and we suppose it was good the expectations were low this summer, because our lads got just one point – the worst ever performance by England in the Group round of the World Cup – two defeats and one draw.
Mathieu Debuchy and Yohan Cabaye were rested last night and Bacary Sagna played the whole game at right back, and Loic Remy tasted his first action when he was brought on after 79 minutes.
In the other set of games, Argentina beat a gallant Nigeria 3-2, but Shola Ameobi didn’t see any action – and Argentina go forward with three wins in Group F with Nigeria in second place on 4 points.
France will now play Nigeria in the next round on Monday and Argentina will play Switzerland on Tuesday.
Unfortunately Cheick Tiote and the Ivory Coast were knocked out earlier this week when they were surprisingly beaten 2-1 by Greece, and it was a mistake by our very own Cheick Tiote that gifted Samaris with their first goal after 42 minutes – that was only Samaris’ 8th goal in 77 appearances for his country.
And Greece got the winner three minutes into added time with a penalty, and it was again from Samaris – who was released by Celtic recently.
Columbia beat Japan 4-1 and won Group C and Greece were second – Columbia meet Uruguay on Saturday and Greece play Costa Rica the next day.
It’s good to see Shola, Mathieu and Moussa advance to the knockout rounds of this World Cup.
Written from London, England.