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      26.06.2014 09:50 - in: Other competitions S

      Lichtsteiner and Pogba reach World Cup knockout stages

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      Both Bianconeri feature for 90 minutes as Switzerland and France claim Group E’s top two spots

      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.

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