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2014 World Cup: Predicting The Results of Every Group E Match

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2014 World Cup: Predicting The Results of Every Group E Match

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To be frank, Group E is perhaps the most lackluster group in the 2014 World Cup, as it lacks a legitimate world power, outside of perhaps France, which is far from the team it was when it won the World Cup more than a decade ago. Of course, the group should be close and competitive, with France being joined by Switzerland, Ecuador, and Honduras. Here’s a prediction of the result of each Group E match.

Switzerland 0, Ecuador 0

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Switzerland 0, Ecuador 0

Switzerland
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The Swiss will enter the tournament in good form, and above all else that means keeping a clean sheet. Switzerland doesn't have a potent attack, while Ecuador stays conservative early in the tournament, and that leads to a scoreless draw with each side claiming an early point.

France 3, Honduras 1

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France 3, Honduras 1

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Honduras provides some problems for the French, who don't feel good about being tied 1-1 at halftime. But France makes the necessary adjustments in the second half while Honduras tires out late, giving the French a rather comfortable win.

Switzerland 1, France 0

Xherdan Shaqiri Switzerland
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Switzerland 1, France 0

Xherdan Shaqiri Switzerland
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The Swiss surprise by the French by coming out with a more attack-oriented approach than they showed in their first match, and that leads to an early goal. Once Switzerland goes up a goal, France is unable to break them down defensively and the early goal holds up for the Swiss, giving them a decisive victory.

Honduras 3, Ecuador 2

Honduras
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Honduras 3, Ecuador 2

Honduras
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Both teams see France and Switzerland starting to pull away in the standings, so the match quickly opens up with both sides chasing three points. Each side has plenty of scoring opportunities, but in the end Honduras is able to finish more chances, with the game-winning goal being scored by Wilson Palacios.

Switzerland 2, Honduras 0

Switzerland captain Gokhan Inler
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Switzerland 2, Honduras 0

Switzerland captain Gokhan Inler
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Honduras comes in riding high from their win in the previous match, but they run into a brick wall in the form of the Swiss defense. Honduras becomes too over zealous pushing forward, and Switzerland beats them twice on the counter attack, giving them a 2-0 victory and first place in the group.

Ecuador 1, France 1

Ecuador
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Ecuador 1, France 1

Ecuador
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France is on the ropes after surrendering an early goal, but Franck Ribery finds the equalizer right before halftime. In the second half, Ecuador pushes hard for the win, but France is content with the draw and their defense holds up to give them the point they need to reach the knockout stage.

Final Standings

Switzerland team photo
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Final Standings

Switzerland team photo
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Switzerland takes care of business by winning a mediocre group with defense, as the Swiss score just three goals by keep their opponents off the scoreboard in all three matches. Meanwhile, France gives a rather uninspired performance but squeaks into the knockout stage with four points. Honduras comes close to the second round with three points, while Ecuador goes home after two draws and a loss.