Spain vs. France: Why Karim Benzema Is Key to Les Bleus' Chances

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Spain vs. France: Why Karim Benzema Is Key to Les Bleus' Chances
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Many expected it to be England representing Group D in this quarterfinal, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic made sure Laurent Blanc's men will face Spain in the first taste of knockout football in Euro 2012.

Despite Spain looking far from convincing, they finished first in their group and are unbeaten so far this year. No one will have wanted to land a tie with Vicente del Bosque's side, but you've got to beat the best to win the trophy.

This article outlines why Karim Benzema is the key to France prevailing in a tough encounter, explaining how his game is suited to exploit his opponents.

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