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Soccer-Fluent France lead Switzerland 3-0 at halftime

Reuters

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 20 (Reuters) - France struck twice in a minute and missed a penalty on the way to a 3-0 lead over Switzerland at halftime in their World Cup Group E match on Friday.

Striker Olivier Giroud put the French in front with a header after 17 minutes and midfielder Blaise Matuidi immediately doubled their advantage against the shell-shocked Swiss.

Karim Benzema's 32nd-minute penalty was saved by Swiss goalkeeper Diego Benaglio before Mathieu Valbuena added the third just before the interval. (Reporting by Ed Osmond; editing by Justin Palmer)

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