Giroud, Joel Campbell & more - how the Premier League stars performed on World Cup day nine

There were plenty of representatives from England's top-flight on show in the France game, while Arsenal forward Campbell hoped to put Italy to the sword in the early kick-off
After missing the first game, Olivier Giroud was finally given his chance to shine for France - could he lead the line and ensure Didier Deschamps' men would all but secure their place in the World Cup second round?

Joel Campbell was another Gunner in action but could he really repeat his man-of-the-match display in the first game against Uruguay to put Italy to the sword - and ultimately send England packing?

Goal takes at look at how those two and the other representatives from the Premier Leauge got on on day nine of the World Cup...


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After having been left out of France's opening World Cup win over Honduras Olivier Giroud made sure Didier Deschamps knew exactly how he felt about the decision.

The France coach duly gave his sulking striker the opportunity to impress in the second fixture against Switzerland and he certainly didn't let him down.

Giroud, leading the line with Karim Bezema and Mathieu Valbuena behind him in support, popped up with a thumping header after 17 minutes that Diego Benaglio could only push into his own net to give the French the lead.

In a hugely productive opening 45 minutes for the Gunners star, he once again made his mark as he raced away on the counter-attack before squaring for Valbuena to fire home into an empty net.

The 27-year-old was taken off after 63 minutes, having flashed another shot just wide of Benaglio's goal shortly before, but he will have certainly given Deschamps food for thought ahead of the knockout stages of the competition.


After his heroics against Uruguay in the first game, all eyes were on Joel Campbell and whether he could once again step up and deliver - this time against group favourites Italy, fresh from their 2-1 win over England.

After a fairly quiet first half, the Arsenal forward sprung into life just before the half-time whistle blew as he raced through into the Italian penalty area only for Giorgio Chiellini to bundle him to the floor and get away with what looked a stonewall spot-kick.

Campbell had a fairly quiet second half as Italy looked for a way back into the match and was eventually taken off after 74 minutes but he can be pleased with his day's work and can look forward to featuring in the second round after the 1-0 victory secured qualification.


The Tottenham goalkeeper had a fairly low-key night as Les Bleus dominated, with Switzerland’s lack of attacking potency meaning he was merely a spectator for much of the 90 minutes.

Despite that, it did seem as if his concentration was lacking, with the France skipper slightly fortunate to see the linesman’s flag go up after he could only palm Granit Xhaka’s effort into his own net.

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Moments later he could only push Admir Mehmedi’s long-range effort into the path of Xherdan Shaqiri, though he did go some way to redeem himself as he tipped the Bayern Munich man’s angled drive wide of the post.

With Ottmar Hitzfeld’s side coming into the match more in the second half, he did have to show his trademark speed off the mark as he closed down Mehmedi quickly and forced him to poke an effort over the crossbar.

His evening was spoilt somewhat by late goals from Blerim Dzemaili and Xhaka although his defence did little to help him out on both occasions.


Departing Arsenal defender Djourou has proven to be a solid performer for Switzerland in recent years, but after he was joined by another former Gunner in Senderos at the heart of the defence after just nine minutes, things began to fall apart.

The pair were left flatfooted inside the penalty area as Giroud – yet another with Arsenal connections – headed in the opener before Djourou was left chasing shadows as Blaise Matuidi made it 2-0 just seconds later.

Giroud’s physicality was proving an issue while Djourou’s poor showing continued as he needlessly tripped Karim Benzema inside the area to concede a first-half penalty. Only an excellent Diego Benaglio save saw his indiscretion go unpunished.

Aston Villa-bound Senderos will have done little to impress Paul Lambert and the Villa Park faithful with a laboured showing, and his woeful evening was completed as his missed clearance was punished by Benzema midway through the second half.


The Newcastle United full-back was his usual industrious self going forward on the right-hand side, with his dangerous runs forcing Ricardo Rodriguez into more defensive duty than he would have liked.

Though he wasn’t able to make his mark with neither a goal nor an assist, he did give Deschamps’ side the forward momentum they required as they ran riot with a thumping victory.

In defence, though, he looked less secure, and he was asleep in the final moments as he played Xhaka on-side for Switzerland's second that was a real blot on his copybook.

As with fellow full-back Debuchy, Evra was able to move forward almost unchallenged though he wasn’t quite as involved in attack as the Newcastle man.

He did manage to poke an effort over the crossbar when played in by Yohan Cabaye in the second half, but other than that he was able to cruise through the match with little alarm.

The Manchester United man will face tougher assignments than this, especially against club team-mate Antonio Valencia in France’s final group game, but for now he can be pleased with his contributions on the left-hand side.


Like Lloris, Liverpool defender Sakho was rarely called into action, with Moussa Sissoko and Matuidi providing an excellent shield in front of the defence.

When he was required he was able to make a number of interceptions while one block from Shaqiri on the edge of his own box made sure Lloris wasn’t called into any further action after the break.

His night did end early, though, as an injury saw him replaced by Laurent Koscielny with more than half of the second period to play.

As for Sissoko, he was often seen tracking back in the first half to allow Matuidi more freedom to burst forward and provide support for the likes of Giroud, Valbuena and Benzema.

He did, however, get more license to push on in the second half and came up with a goal of his own in the 5-2 rout as he slotted home into the bottom corner following Benzema's excellent pass.