published Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

France clinches top spot in Group E; Ecuador out

Ecuador's Michael Arroyo (15) takes a shot which goes wide past France's goalkeeper Hugo Lloris as France's Laurent Koscielny defends during the group E World Cup soccer match between Ecuador and France at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, June 25, 2014.
Ecuador's Michael Arroyo (15) takes a shot which goes wide past France's goalkeeper Hugo Lloris as France's Laurent Koscielny defends during the group E World Cup soccer match between Ecuador and France at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, June 25, 2014.
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RIO DE JANEIRO — France drew 0-0 with 10-man Ecuador to advance to the second round of the World Cup on Wednesday, while the South Americans will be going home from the tournament.

In the other final Group E game, Switzerland defeated 3-0 Honduras to finish in second place and join France in the knockout stages.

Ecuador played a man short at Rio's Maracana stadium when Antonio Valencia was sent off on a straight red card in the 50th minute for digging his studs into the leg of French defender Lucas Digne.

France coach Didier Deschamps has made six changes to start the match, knowing his side was all but assured of advancing.

France came closest to scoring when Antoine Griezmann hit the post in the 47th.

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