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France surge into last eight with Spain scalp

Published: Monday 15 July 2013, 22.36CET
Spain 0-1 France
Les Bleues assured themselves of a spot in the quarter-finals as Group C winners with a game to spare thanks to Wendie Renard's early header.
by Chris Burke
from Nya Parken

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Match statistics

SpainFrance

Goals scored0
1
Total attempts7
 
10
Attempts on target3
 
5
off target3
 
3
blocked0
 
0
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners4
 
7
Offsides1
 
3
Yellow cards0
 
0
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed5
 
7
Fouls suffered6
 
5

Standings

Published: Monday 15 July 2013, 22.36CET

France surge into last eight with Spain scalp

Spain 0-1 France
Les Bleues assured themselves of a spot in the quarter-finals as Group C winners with a game to spare thanks to Wendie Renard's early header.

France booked themselves a berth in the quarter-finals as Group C winners with a game to spare after Wendie Renard's early header sealed a 1-0 defeat of Spain.

England's 1-1 draw with Russia in the early game meant the winners of this fixture were assured of top spot, and Les Bleues wasted no time in staking their claim as Renard steered in a Louisa Necib corner after five minutes. Spain caught the eye with their possession play, but Bruno Bini's side were rarely given reason to panic as they left their rivals second in the section on three points.

Having scored from their first real opening against Russia, France demonstrated the same ruthless efficiency once again, Renard bustling in front of Irene Paredes and using her height to pounce. One chance, one goal, though Sarah Bouhaddi soon had to lunge to her right to grapple hold of an Adriana shot.

Bouhaddi's opposite number Ainhoa Tirapu then produced an even better stop to parry a Necib effort, sailing left to deny the tricky No14 – back in the starting lineup at Eugénie Le Sommer's expense. Spain were by no means overawed, however, and their opponents just about cleared their lines after Sonia raced beyond Bouhaddi and picked out Adriana with a cross.

Indeed, France's next opportunity came on the break, Marie-Laure Delie releasing Gaëtane Thiney, who cut inside Paredes and tested Tirapu to her right. Spain's composure on the ball was certainly noteworthy, but Bini's charges were quick in their pressing and saw out the half in relative comfort.

The France coach injected the pace of Élodie Thomis after the restart, and the two teams continued their tense back-and-forth, which was undoubtedly high on energy if low on chances. Adriana had an attempt blocked by team-mate Paredes and Abily called Tirapu into action at the other end, before Delie nodded over and later did likewise with a heavy swipe from close range.

Sonia sought to level the scores with a dipping free-kick, but Bouhaddi claimed the ball with an ease that summed up France's serenity. So far so good for Les Bleues, while Spain need a point against Russia on Thursday to join them in the knockout stage.

Player of the match: Laura Georges

Last updated: 04/12/13 4.16CET

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Lineups

Spain

Spain

France

France

1
TirapuAinhoa Tirapu (GK)
16
BouhaddiSarah Bouhaddi (GK)
6
DiéguezMiriam Diéguez
2
RenardWendie Renard
Goal5
8
SoniaSonia Bermudez
Substitution78
3
BoulleauLaure Boulleau
9
Verónica BoqueteVerónica Boquete
4
GeorgesLaura Georges
10
MartínAdriana Martín
Substitution78
6
SoubeyrandSandrine Soubeyrand (C)
Substitution46
11
VilanovaSandra Vilanova (C)
Substitution85
7
FrancoCorine Franco
15
Silvia MeseguerSilvia Meseguer
8
BussagliaÉlise Bussaglia
17
IbarraElisabeth Ibarra
14
NecibLouisa Necib
Substitution63
18
TorrejónMarta Torrejón
17
ThineyGaëtane Thiney
20
ParedesIrene Paredes
18
DelieMarie-Laure Delie
21
HermosoJennifer Hermoso
23
AbilyCamille Abily

Substitutes

23
PonsMaría José Pons (GK)
1
DevilleCéline Deville (GK)
13
GallardoDolores Gallardo (GK)
21
BenameurKarima Benameur (GK)
2
VirginiaVirginia Torrecilla
5
MeillerouxOphélie Meilleroux
3
LandaLeire Landa
9
Le SommerEugénie Le Sommer
Substitution63
4
NicolauMelisa Nicolau
10
HenryAmandine Henry
5
RuthRuth García
11
SoyerJulie Soyer
7
BorjaPriscila Borja
12
ThomisÉlodie Thomis
Substitution46
12
AlexiaAlexia Putellas
Substitution78
13
CatalaCamille Catala
14
LosadaVicky Losada
Substitution78
15
HouaraJessica Houara
16
CalderónNagore Calderón
19
BretignySandrine Bretigny
19
Erika VázquezErika Vázquez
Substitution85
20
AsseyiViviane Asseyi
22
SampedroAmanda Sampedro
22
DelannoySabrina Delannoy

Coach

Ignacio Quereda (ESP) Bruno Bini (FRA)

Referee

Carina Vitulano (ITA)

Assistant referees

Romina Santuari (ITA), Hege Steinlund (NOR)

Fourth official

Esther Staubli (SUI)

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