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

Lineups

France

France

Spain

Spain

1Lloris (GK) (C)12Víctor Valdés (GK)
3Evra3Piqué
4Varane6Iniesta
90+3
6Cabaye
54
70
7Villa
61
7Ribéry8Xavi Hernández (C)
32
8Valbuena11Pedro Rodríguez
58
76
10Benzema
82
14Xabi Alonso
12Matuidi
68
15Ramos
15Jallet
90+2
16Busquets
19Pogba
77
78
17Arbeloa
86
21Koscielny19Monreal

Substitutes

23Landreau (GK)1Reina (GK)
16Mandanda (GK)23De Gea (GK)
2Fanni2Albiol
5Sakho4Javi García
9Giroud
90+2
5Azpilicueta
11Sissoko
82
9Negredo
13Yanga-Mbiwa10Fàbregas
76
78
14Ménez
70
13Juan Mata
90+3
17Gonalons18Isco
18Rémy20Santi Cazorla
20Payet22Jesús Navas
61
22Clichy

Coaches

Didier Deschamps (FRA) Vicente del Bosque (ESP)

Referee

Viktor Kassai (HUN)

Press kits

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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