Spain vs. France: Scoring the Key Duels in Euro 2012 Quarterfinal

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Spain vs. France: Scoring the Key Duels in Euro 2012 Quarterfinal
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Chelsea may have stopped Barcelona's "tiki-taka" football in the Champions League, but on the international stage, no one has yet managed to stop Spain's possession-oriented football, at least not at Euro 2012.

In what was a rather dour, controlled affair, Spain rather comfortably beat France 2-0, and secured their place in the Euro 2012 semifinals against Portugal.

France had some good moments in the second half against Spain, but their substitutions came too late, and the damage done in the first half could not be repaired. They could've been more dangerous, but ultimately, tactical errors cost them the chance to dethrone Europe's current kings.

Where exactly was the damage done, and what matchups won this game for Spain? We'll discuss just that in the coming slides.

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