Stephan Lichtsteiner and Paul Pogba became the first Bianconeri to book their places in the World Cup last 16 with their respective nations – Switzerland and France – last night in Brazil.
The full-back played the entire 90 minutes and contributed an assist as Ottmar Hitzfeld’s men got their push for the knockout stages back on track with a solid 3-0 win over Honduras. The success, which came courtesy of a Xherdan Shaqiri hat-trick, earned the Swiss a last 16 tie against Argentina, to be played on Tuesday 1 July.
Finishing just above Switzerland in first place were Paul Pogba’s France, whose goalless stalemate with Ecuador was enough to crown them winners of Group E on seven points.
The Bianconeri midfielder was once again named in Didier Deschamps’ starting line-up, featuring for 90 minutes, and topped the game’s total passes attempted index with a figure of 80.
Pogba and Les Bleus will be hoping to progress the quarter-finals when they meet Nigeria on Wednesday 2 July in Brasilia.