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FT France 0 – 2 Spain

FT France 0 – 2 Spain

At 19′, Iniesta lifts a lovely short pass down the left to set Jordi Alba free. Debuchy slips, allowing the Spaniard to scuttle into the area. He pulls a cross back to Xabi Alonso, ten yards out, level with the far post after cutting in from the right. Alonso – on his 100th appearance – heads the cleverest of finishes down and back across Lloris, into the left-hand side of the net. Magnificent. 1-0 for Spain.

At 90′, Pedro twists, turns, and executes a couple of stepovers down the inside left and into the French area. Reveillere balloons into view and knocks him to the ground. Spot kick! PENALTY TO SPAIN!

Spain 2-0 France. Alonso pelts the penalty into the left-hand side of the net, Lloris going the other way.

The reigning world and European champions Spain go through to the semi final, where they will meet their Iberian rivals Portugal. Spain are clearly the best team in the world, almost impossible to beat; that’s hardly news, and nobody’s arguing otherwise. But crowds and audiences are under no obligation to enjoy the spectacle.

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FT France 0 – 2 Sweden

FT France 0 – 2 Sweden

Sweden have nothing to play for but mischief. France, meanwhile, are set fair. They have not lost for 22 matches and only a defeat by Sweden as heavy as Tomas Brolin could prevent them from making the quarter-finals but Laurent Blanc does not merely want to get there, he also wants to avoid having to come up with a solution to the riddle of how to beat Spain there. So he wants France to top Group D and turning the Swedes to pulp is their best way of doing that (although if England beat Ukraine by more than France beat Sweden, then Spain it is for Les Bleus.

Blanc might have been tempted to deploy Olivier Giroud to exploit Sweden’s well-known aerial shortcomings but he has decided to stick with the tried-and-trusted ploy of one-twoing their way through defences. Hatem Ben Arfa comes in for Jérémy Menez to add extra
ingenuity, while the only other change from the previous game sees the first appearance in the tournament of Yann M’vila, who will start
instead of Yohan Cabaye alongside Alou Diarra in a sturdy central midfield.

At 54′, Wilhelmsson initiated it with some diligent work on the left before Larsson clipped a cross in an Ibrahimovich met it with a magnificent volley from the edge of the area. Lloris didn’t even get a finger to it. 1-0 for Sweden.

At 90′, awful defending allowed Sweden to overrun Les Bleus and when a Wilhelsson shot came back off the bar Larsson thundered it into the roff of the net from eight yards! 2-0 for Sweden.

A fine performance by Sweden crowned with two excellent goals. France, meanwhile, produced a display as lethargic and incoherent as any during their 2010 World Cup misadventure. Play like that against Spain and they will be tonked worse than Ireland were.

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FT Ukraine 0 – 2 France

FT Ukraine 0 – 2 France

At 52′, France launch a swift and incisive counter through Ribery on the left. He finds Benzema who moves the ball on to Jeremy Menez on the right. Menez cuts inside Selin and hits a left footed shot low into Pyatov’s left hand corner. Lovely finish to a great counter attack. 1-0 for France.

At 55′, Karim Benzema drops deep to pick up a ball from Ribery. He spins his marker and spots the advancing Cabaye at the edge of the area. Benzema finds the Newcastle man with a crisp pass. Cabaye holds off the challenge and slots under Pyatov. 2-0.

Score did not change till Full Time. Laurent Blanc’s side move onto four points with an extremely comfortable win thanks to goals from Jeremy Menez and Yohan Cabaye. Ukraine were very poor while France rarely got anywhere near top gear. The game was at it’s most exciting when the players were hauled off the pitch after just four minutes as a spectacular electrical storm did it’s thing over Donetsk.

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HT England 1 – 1 France

Stunning header from City’s defender made England lead by 1-0. The Le Mercenerie (Na$ri) made it tie 1-1. Come on France!

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Allez Lez Bleus

Allez Lez Bleus

Come on France! You are my favorite since 1997 🙂