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France make sure of top spot

France confirmed their place at the top of Group E after playing out a 0-0 draw with Ecuador in the Maracana.

The French were virtually assured of progression barring a huge goal-swing, but a win for Ecuador would have given them a real chance of making the last 16.

A frantic encounter in Rio de Janeiro ended without a goal - but it was not down to a lack of chances with both sides missing good chances, whilst Ecuador also played most of he second-half with ten-men when captain Antonio Valencia was sent-off just after the interval.

Ecuador's Alexander Domínguez was by the far the busier of the two goalkeepers pulling off excellent saves from Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Karim Benzema - but the South Americans also had some good opportunities to win the game.

But in the end, France did enough to claim top spot in Group E which means they will meet Nigeria in the last 16 whilst Ecuador head home.

Full report to follow...