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[Match 27][QF3] Spain vs France (23/6/12) KO 1945


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Spain vs France

23 June 2012, 18:45 UTC

Venue

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Donbass Arena, Shakhtar

Capacity: 49,400

Previous meetings

Euro 2000 : QF : Spain 1-2 France

Euro 1996 : Group Stage : France 1-1 Spain

Euro 1992 : Qualifying : Spain 1-2 France

Euro 1992 : Qualifying : France 3-1 Spain

Euro 1984 : Final : France 2-0 Spain

Overall: Played 30: Spain 13 Draw 6 France 11

Preview

Spain have never beaten France in a competitive fixture.

France were the last team to eliminate Spain from a tournament, beating them in the round of 16 in WC2006.

Since then, Spain have lost just once in 38 matches.

France were 23 matches unbeaten before losing their previous match to Sweden.

Philippe Mexès serves a one-match suspension. Laurent Koscielny is expected to make his competitive debut in his place.

Jérémy Ménez, Mathieu Debuchy, Álvaro Arbeloa, Jordi Alba, Fernando Torres, Xabi Alonso and Javi Martínez all have one yellow card to their name.

Tournament so far

Spain             France
v Italy   D 1-1   v England D 1-1
v Ireland W 4-0   v Ukraine W 2-0
v Croatia W 1-0   v Sweden L 2-0

Squads/teams

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[TD]No.[/TD]

[TD]Spain[/TD]

[TD]France[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD=align: right]1[/TD]

[TD]Iker Casillas[/TD]

[TD]Hugo Lloris[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD=align: right]2[/TD]

[TD]Raul Albiol[/TD]

[TD]Mathieu Debuchy[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD=align: right]3[/TD]

[TD]Gerard Pique[/TD]

[TD]Patrice Evra[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD=align: right]4[/TD]

[TD]Javi martinez[/TD]

[TD]Adil Rami[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD=align: right]5[/TD]

[TD]Juanfran[/TD]

[TD]Philippe Mexes[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD=align: right]6[/TD]

[TD]Andres Iniesta[/TD]

[TD]Yohan Cabaye[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD=align: right]7[/TD]

[TD]Pedro Rodriguez[/TD]

[TD]Franck Ribery[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD=align: right]8[/TD]

[TD]Xavi Hernandez[/TD]

[TD]Mathieu Valbuena[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD=align: right]9[/TD]

[TD]Fernando Torres[/TD]

[TD]Olivier Giroud[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD=align: right]10[/TD]

[TD]Cesc Fabregas[/TD]

[TD]Karim Benzema[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD=align: right]11[/TD]

[TD]Alvaro Negredo[/TD]

[TD]Samir Nasri[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD=align: right]12[/TD]

[TD]Victor Valdes[/TD]

[TD]Blaise Matuidi[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD=align: right]13[/TD]

[TD]Juan Mata[/TD]

[TD]Anthony Reveillere[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD=align: right]14[/TD]

[TD]Xabi Alonso[/TD]

[TD]Jeremy Menez[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD=align: right]15[/TD]

[TD]Sergio Ramos[/TD]

[TD]Florent Malouda[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD=align: right]16[/TD]

[TD]Sergio Busquets[/TD]

[TD]Steve Mandanda[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD=align: right]17[/TD]

[TD]Alvaro Arbeloa[/TD]

[TD]Yann M'Vila[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD=align: right]18[/TD]

[TD]Jordi Alba[/TD]

[TD]Alou Diarra[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD=align: right]19[/TD]

[TD]Fernando Llorente[/TD]

[TD]Marvin Martin[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD=align: right]20[/TD]

[TD]Santi Cazorla[/TD]

[TD]Hatem Ben Arfa[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD=align: right]21[/TD]

[TD]David Silva[/TD]

[TD]Laurent Koscielny[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD=align: right]22[/TD]

[TD]Jeses Navas[/TD]

[TD]Gael Clichy[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD=align: right]23[/TD]

[TD]Pepe Reina[/TD]

[TD]Cedric Carrasso[/TD]

[/TR]

[/TABLE]

Officials

[TABLE]

[TR]

[TD]Referee[/TD]

[TD]Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD]Assistant referee[/TD]

[TD]Renato Faverani (ITA) , Andrea Stefani (ITA)[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD]Additional assistant referee[/TD]

[TD]Gianluca Rocchi (ITA) , Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD]Fourth official[/TD]

[TD]Craig Thomson (SCO)[/TD]

[/TR]

[/TABLE]

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aren't the yellow cards reboot at the end of the qualification stage?

I wonder how the central defence will hold against the spaniards. Rami Koscielny, they had a fine game against Serbia, it's nowhere near Spain though.

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I think any outstanding yellow cards are wiped after the QF, the reason being that someone can't be suspended for the final because of accumulation of cards in the SF. The commentators on ITV and BBC have been very unclear on this though.

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I think any outstanding yellow cards are wiped after the QF, the reason being that someone can't be suspended for the final because of accumulation of cards in the SF. The commentators on ITV and BBC have been very unclear on this though.

You are correct. They brought it in line with the World Cup when FIFA made the change to that tournament.

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France starting XI

Debuchy/Réveillère on the right hand side, why not, to man mark Iniesta probably.

Malouda as CM :mad: His wondergoal against Serbia was great, but his game against Sweden was a mess, he missed so many easy passes.

The midfield is way less impressive than : Makélélé/Viera/Zidane. :'(

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Funny how Spain scored their only goal against Croatia when they took the striker off and went back to the 4-6-0 formation though. :D

thats more to do with the fact that the striker in question was torres though

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Got a feeling Spain might win this fairly easily after those reports of a bust-up in the French camp - hope not as I want France to win. Was way out with my prediction last night though!

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thats more to do with the fact that the striker in question was torres though

or more to do with the fact that Croatia pushed on a lot more in the latter part of the second half, and that was after Torres went off.

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you think torres would start if it was the torres of 08?

genuine question

Of course, but I don't think it was the decision to take him off that won them the game (technically, it did because Navas scored the winner, but you know what I'm saying)
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It was probably more of a case of trying not to lose the game and ensuring they qualify rather than bringing on someone to win the game for them, especially as it was obvious that Croatia would be pushing forward a lot more as the game went on.

Then again, Torres hasn't been great this tournament, i think i would have scored against Ireland if i had players like Iniesta and Xavi behind me.

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Of course, but I don't think it was the decision to take him off that won them the game (technically, it did because Navas scored the winner, but you know what I'm saying)

Yeah thought so. Was just wondering if vdb has some hard-on for this current system for whatever reason.

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why does jamie keep asking roy, and only roy, questions?

Is a bit odd that. "Roy, you've been a manager..." Jamie, you've got a current, and better, manager sat just the other side of you, mate :D

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What's with repeating that 5 times? Never a penalty. If he'd tried to stay on his feet, maybe...

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France have given me many excellent bottles of wine and brandy, Marcel Proust to read, and Zinedine Zidane to admire on the football pitch. :cool:

It's settled. I'm a Frenchman for the night! :D

Come on France! :)

I should support France I suppose to. Not really bothered, just hope game is good!

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