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 Switzerland’s Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates his second goal against  Honduras  at the Arena Amazonia in Manaus. Photograph: EPA

Honduras 0 Switzerland 3Four years ago to the day, Honduras held Switzerland to a scoreless draw in South Africa, denying Ottmar Hitzfeld’s side a pla(...)

Switzerland’s Philippe Senderos in action during the 5-2 defeat against France  at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador. Photo: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Switzerland meet Honduras in their final World Cup Group E game seeking to banish bad memories of 2010, when they scraped a goalless draw against the(...)

 Karim Benzema  scores France’s   fourth goal past Switzerland goalkeeper Diego Benaglio  during the   World Cup Group E match at Arena Fonte Nova  in Salvador. Photograph: Christopher Lee/Getty Images

France 5 Switzerland 2Any notion that the World Cup is turning into a tournament for the smaller nations was banished when Switzerland received their (...)

France’s Karim Benzema scores against Honduras during the opening game in Group E.

The history of France in the World Cup is a story of dramatic oscillation. In 1982 and 1986, they reached the semi-finals, then in 1990 and 1994 th(...)

 Haris Seferovic of Switzerland scores the winner past Ecuador’s Alexander Dominguez   at Estadio Nacional  in Brasilia. Photograph:   Stu Forster/Getty Images

Switzerland 2 Ecuador 1A first stalemate of the World Cup beckoned but this World Cup is not ready for mundanity yet. In a sensational finish in Brasí(...)

Honduras midfielder Roger Espinoza  controls the ball during their international friendly  against Israel at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas. Photograph: Aaron M. Sprecher / EPA

There will be more than one Luis Suarez at the World Cup in Brazil and while the Uruguayan superstar may be targetting glory in the final, his Colomb(...)

Head the ball:  Swiss  player Xherdan Shaqiri in action during a training session  in Weggis, Switzerland, last month. Photograph: Peter Klaunzer / EPA

Manager: Ottmar Hitzfeld Best finish: Quarter-finals (1934, 1938 and 1954). World Cup record: Played 33, Won 11, Drawn 6, Lost 16 Histo(...)

 Switzerland’s Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates after scoring in the 2-0  victory over  Peru at the Swissporarena stadium in Lucerne. Photograph: Peter Klaunzer

Switzerland left it late as they struggled to a 2-0 win over a defensive, experimental Peru in their final friendly before the World Cup in Brazil.Ri(...)

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