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France makes 6 changes to face Ecuador

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France's Patrice Evra, second left, run on the field during an official training session at the Joao Havelange Olympic stadium, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. France will play its next game against Ecuador in group E of the 2014 soccer World Cup. A draw is enough to guarantee top spot for France, and would also send Ecuador through to the next round if Switzerland fails to beat Honduras in the other match. (AP Photo/David Vincent)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- France coach Didier Deschamps has made six changes to his team to face Ecuador in their final Group E match on Wednesday.

France has six points and needs a draw to guarantee first place, although its superior goal difference means it can advance with a defeat. A draw is enough for Ecuador if Switzerland fails to beat Honduras.

Laurent Koscielny replaces Rapahel Varane at center half, Bacary Sagna comes in for Mathieu Debuchy at right back and Lucas Digne replaces Patrice Evra at left back.

In midfield, Mathieu Schneiderlin replaces the suspended Yohan Cabaye and Paul Pogba returns, while Antoine Griezmann lines up in attack as Mathieu Valbuena and Olivier Giroud drop the bench.

Ecuador has made one change with midfielder Michael Arroyo replacing forward Felipe Caicedo.



Ecuador: Alexander Dominguez; Jorge Guagua, Frickson Erazo; Juan Paredes, Cristhian Noboa, Walter Ayovi, Oswaldo Minda, Antonio Valencia, Michael Arroyo, Jefferson Montero; Enner Valencia.

France: Hugo Lloris; Bacary Sagna, Mamadou Sakho, Laurent Koscielny, Lucas Digne; Paul Pogba, Morgan Schneiderlin, Blaise Matuidi; Antoine Griezmann, Karim Benzema, Moussa Sissoko.

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