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Semi-finals

Spain - France
1-2
France win after extra time
 

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Conte strikes as France end Spain's reign

Published: Monday 29 July 2013, 22.25CET
Spain 1-2 France (aet)
Les Petits Bleus recovered from José Rodriguez's penalty to eliminate the holders thanks to goals from Yassine Benzia and, in extra time, Antoine Conte.
by Andrew Haslam
from S Darius & S. Girėnas Stadium
Conte strikes as France end Spain's reign
France's Antoine Conte celebrates after his goal ended Spain's title defence ©Sportsfile

Match statistics

Spain
France

1

Goals scored

2

2

on target

9

7

off target

6

8

Corners

5

30

Fouls committed

31

4

Yellow cards

1

0

Red Cards

0

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Spain

Spain

France

France

13Blanco (GK)1Beunardeau (GK)
2Bellerín2Ikoko
3Gaya4Conte
Goal105 ET
4Iñiguez6Azouni
5López
Yellow Card93 ET
8Hunou
Substitution90
6Rodríguez (C)
Goal27
Yellow Card70
Substitution80
9Benzia
Goal29
7Vadillo
Yellow Card111 ET
11Rabiot
9Hernández
Substitution62
12Moreira
10Vico
Yellow Card90+1
13Laporte (C)
11Moi Gómez
Substitution73
14Martial
Substitution94 ET
18Sánchez17Jean
Substitution63

Substitutes

1Herrero (GK)16Hassen (GK)
8Serrano5Rougeaux
12Ramírez
Substitution62
7Rodrigues
Substitution63
14Torro
Substitution80
10Nangis
Substitution94 ET
Yellow Card109 ET
15Cesar15Gbamin
Substitution90
16Duarte18Nguette
17Traoré
Substitution73
19Nganioni

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Luis de la Fuente (ESP) Francis Smerecki (FRA)

Referee

Orel Grinfeld (ISR)

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Published: Monday 29 July 2013, 22.25CET

Conte strikes as France end Spain's reign

Spain 1-2 France (aet)
Les Petits Bleus recovered from José Rodriguez's penalty to eliminate the holders thanks to goals from Yassine Benzia and, in extra time, Antoine Conte.

A determined defensive effort helped France end Spain's two-year reign as UEFA European Under-19 Championship winners thanks to a composed extra-time finish from centre-back Antoine Conte in Kaunas.

Spain had beaten France in the last four in 2012 and struck first again here, captain José Rodriguez giving them a 27th-minute advantage from the penalty spot. Yassine Benzia swiftly levelled, however, and though Spain controlled the second half they were unable to fashion a winner. France produced a classic counter-punch in the 105th minute when Conte, who had conceded the penalty, capitalised on some uncertain defending to take the two-time winners into a first final since 2010.

Neither team took too many risks in the early stages with France the first to threaten as Anthony Martial cut inside down the left, goalkeeper Rubén Blanco down sharply to block, yet it was Spain who broke through. Conte felled Álvaro Vadillo and José Rodriguez thumped past Quentin Beunardeau from the spot.

The lead lasted less than two minutes. Corentin Jean's superb pass split the Spanish defence and Benzia slid his shot under Rubén Blanco; the striker would go on to test the goalkeeper regularly. One free-kick was tipped over at full stretch while another fierce low drive was parried, Benzia also heading straight at Blanco when well placed.

As the second half began Borja López twice went close from left-wing corners provided by Vadillo, who then raced on to a low cross from the recalled Héctor Bellerín only to steer wide. Pablo Iñiguez's fierce shot was blocked although France might have snatched victory at the end of normal time had Adrien Hunou been able to keep his shot down.

Les Petits Bleus had an even bigger opening eight minutes into extra time as Benzia again drew defenders to him and slid a square pass into substitute Lenny Nangis; Blanco blocked crucially. There was, however, nothing the goalkeeper could do when Spain twice failed to clear Kevin Rodrigues' cross and Conte kept his head to direct a low shot just inside the post and take France into Thursday's final against Serbia.

Last updated: 04/09/13 21.28CET

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