Stade de France - Saint-Denis 26/03/2013 - 21:00CET (21:00 local time)

Qualifying round - Group I

France - Spain
0-1
 

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Spain sink ten-man France to top Group I

Published: Tuesday 26 March 2013, 23.30CET
France 0-1 Spain
Pedro Rodríguez scored the only goal in Paris to inflict a first Group I defeat on the ten-man hosts and take the world champions top of the section.
Spain sink ten-man France to top Group I
Pedro Rodríguez celebrates scoring the winner for Spain against France ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

France
Spain

0

Goals scored

1

14

Total attempts

8

3

Attempts on target

3

10

off target

5

0

blocked

0

0

against woodwork

0

6

Corners

1

2

Offsides

5

4

Yellow cards

3

1

Red Cards

0

20

Fouls committed

8

8

Fouls suffered

18

Standings

Last updated: 18/04/2013 09:47 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

Published: Tuesday 26 March 2013, 23.30CET

Spain sink ten-man France to top Group I

France 0-1 Spain
Pedro Rodríguez scored the only goal in Paris to inflict a first Group I defeat on the ten-man hosts and take the world champions top of the section.

France slipped to their first FIFA World Cup qualifying Group I defeat as Spain leapfrogged their ten-man hosts with a win in Paris and now top the section.

The reigning world and European champions were keen to make amends for two dropped points at home to Finland on Friday, but had to wait until the 58th minute for Pedro Rodríguez to find the net. Franck Ribéry and Patrice Evra came close to levelling for France who finished the game with ten men after Paul Pogba received two yellow cards in as many minutes.

Spain enjoyed much of the early possession but struggled to test Hugo Lloris as much as they would have liked, with Xavi Hernández wasting a good opportunity from Nacho Monreal's cutback. Didier Deschamp's men posed an attacking threat themselves and Víctor Valdés had to be quick off his line to pounce at the feet of Ribéry after the FC Bayern München forward evaded the attentions of Gerard Piqué.

Vicente del Bosque's charges stepped up a gear after the break, however. They forged ahead when Monreal surged clear down the left and supplied Pedro, in the middle, whose shot was only parried by Lloris into the corner. Blaise Matuidi then troubled Valdés as France went in search of an equaliser, but their chances were hindered when Pogba was dismissed after 78 minutes.

There was still time for Ribéry to fire wide and Evra to force Valdés into another stop, yet Spain held on to take over the Group I leadership. Both sides return to action on 6 September when Spain visit Finland and France travel to Georgia.

Last updated: 08/05/14 5.43CET

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Lineups

France

France

Spain

Spain

1Hugo Lloris (GK) (C)12Víctor Valdés (GK)
3Patrice Evra3Gerard Piqué
4Raphaël Varane6Andrés Iniesta
Substitution90+3
6Yohan Cabaye
Yellow Card54
Substitution70
7David Villa
Substitution61
7Franck Ribéry8Xavi Hernández (C)
Yellow Card32
8Mathieu Valbuena11Pedro Rodríguez
Goal58
Substitution76
10Karim Benzema
Substitution82
14Xabi Alonso
12Blaise Matuidi
Yellow Card68
15Sergio Ramos
15Christophe Jallet
Substitution90+2
16Sergio Busquets
19Paul Pogba
Yellow Card77
Red Card78
17Álvaro Arbeloa
Yellow Card86
21Laurent Koscielny19Nacho Monreal

Substitutes

23Mickaël Landreau (GK)1Pepe Reina (GK)
16Steve Mandanda (GK)23David de Gea (GK)
2Rod Fanni2Raúl Albiol
5Mamadou Sakho4Javi García
9Olivier Giroud
Substitution90+2
5César Azpilicueta
11Moussa Sissoko
Substitution82
9Álvaro Negredo
13Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa10Cesc Fàbregas
Substitution76
Yellow Card78
14Jérémy Ménez
Substitution70
13Juan Mata
Substitution90+3
17Maxime Gonalons18Isco
18Loïc Rémy20Santi Cazorla
20Dimitri Payet22Jesús Navas
Substitution61
22Gaël Clichy

Coach

Didier Deschamps (FRA) Vicente del Bosque (ESP)

Referee

Viktor Kassai (HUN)

Assistant referees

Gabor Erös (HUN), György Ring (HUN)

Fourth official

Tamás Bognar (HUN)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution

See also

  • France

    Next match played FIFA World Cup: v Georgia, 06 September 2013, 0-0
  • Spain

    Next match played FIFA World Cup: v Finland, 06 September 2013, 0-2
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