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France, Switzerland Advance Out Of Group E Into World Cup Round Of 16 (VIDEO/PHOTOS)

06/25/2014 06:11 pm ET | Updated Jun 25, 2014
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Switzerland needed a win and then some help from France. It got both to join Les Bleus in the Round of 16 at the 2014 World Cup.

France secured the top spot in Group E with a 0-0 draw against Ecuador on Wednesday afternoon. As those teams played, Switzerland defeated Honduras 3-0 to secure advancement as the runner-up in the group.

As France held Ecuador, playing with 10 men for most of the second half, to a scoreless draw, Switzerland striker Xherdan Shaqiri made sure his team had all the goals it needed to advance. Shaqiri opened the scoring in the sixth minute and finished off a hat trick in the 71st minute.

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