Euro 2016 France vs Switzerland : 5 Key Player vs Player Battles

Siddharth Nair
|Published June 19, 2016

France’s Olivier Giroud vs Switzerland’s Stephen Lichtsteiner


After scoring a goal in the first match, Giroud was back to missing his opportunities in the second game for France which particularly frustrated the French public. Hoping to win them over again, he will be facing a very accomplished defender in Stephen Lichtsteiner.


Tough to call.

Antoinne Griezmann vs Gokhan Inler


After an insipid performance in his match, Griezmann came off the bench to break the deadlock against Albania. France will be hoping that this will turn his confidence around and he will be back to his best. Inler and company will have to prevent this from happening.


Griezmann to win.

Dimtri Payet vs Granit Xhaka

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In what will be the stand out battle of the match, the magician of France Dimitri Payet will hope to one up the Swiss powerhouse Xhaka. Both players have been their team’s best players and will be trying to prevent the other from winning the midfield battle.


Very tough to call.

Laurent Koscielny vs Xherdan Shaqiri


The experienced Kos will be in charge of the French defense at the Euros. While Shaqiri has not had a great season with Stoke City, his quality is undeniable and it will be only a matter of time before he shines in France.


Kos to get this one.

Paul Pogba vs Valon Behrami


After surprisingly being dropped against Albania, Pogba will be out to prove why he is so highly rated in world football. He will be trying to pull the strings and run the show for France from the center of the park and players likes Behrami will hope to stop that.


Pogba should win this.

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