Spain 1-1 France: Late Giroud Equaliser Robs Spain
Spain 1-1 France (full time)
FIFA World Cup 2014 Qualifying, Group I live commentary
Sergio Ramos (ESP) 24', Olivier Giroud (FRA) 90+3'
Cesc Fabregas missed penalty (ESP) 41'
Spain: Casillas; Arbeloa (Juanfran), Busquets, Ramos, Alba; Xavi, Alonso, Iniesta (Torres); Silva (Cazorla), Pedro, Fabregas.
France: Lloris; Evra, Sakho, Koscielny, Debuchy; Gonalons (Valbuena), Matuidi, Cabaye; Ribéry, Ménez (Sissoko), Benzema (Giroud).
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Well our international commentary comes to a rather dramatic and unexpected end, with France taking that late, late point off Spain thanks to Juanfran's mistake and Giroud's opportunism.
Both teams remain unbeaten in Group I as a result, sharing seven points apiece after three matches.
Spain 1 France 1
Incredible stuff. What on earth was Juanfran thinking?? The full-back has tried to dribble the ball past his man on the halfway line, with nobody behind him and deep into stoppage time. France win the ball, break forward at pace and Ribery's cross is headed into the far corner by Olivier Giroud.
France go wild, Spain are devastated, and the referee blows the full time whistle.
What a finish.
Spain 1 France 1
Olivier Giroud, 90+3 mins
90+2'—Final seconds of the game and Spain have the ball in France's half of the pitch, and it looks like they have done enough to take a big three points.
Three minutes of time added on.
Juanfran is shown a yellow card for kicking the ball away, and we are into injury time.
90'—Chances for France, but not great ones. First Sissoko swings wildly at a shot with his left foot and mis-kicks entirely, then a cut-back from the left is stopped in the six yard box by Ramos with Giroud waiting for the ball to drop.
89'—Into the last minute of the game. France go left to right and back again but they get nowhere near a shooting chance. Spain clear, and France will start again.
France sub: Olivier Giroud on for Karim Benzema. The Real Madrid forward ambles off the pitch at his leisure, entirely at odds with the situation of his team trailing 1-0 with mere minutes remaining. Maybe he was still feeling the effects of that clash with Casillas earlier on.
86'—Torres runs around the outside of the French defence in the penalty area and looks to get room for a shot, but Cesc touches the ball slightly an is stood in an offside position.
85'—Casillas takes a high ball in his area and takes out both Busquets and Benzema in the process. All entirely unnecessary as Benzema was offside in the first place.
84'—Pedro steams forward down the left for Spain but his cross, aimed for Torres, is cut out in the penalty area. France counter attack but they are forced back by the Spanish defence who stand firm, 25 yards from goal. Final five minutes or so of the game.
82'—Torres not quite able to get his feet sorted as Xavi tries to find him in the box. The game is running away from France at the moment who are pressing forward with the ball as quickly as they can but without creating anything remotely dangerous at all. Until now, at least.
79'—Possession statistic: Spain 68% - 32% France
statistic courtesy of TVE LA1
77'—Torres is trying to get involved straight away and stretch the play for Spain, providing a new threat for the French defence to deal with. France need to push forward quickly and start creating some real chances if they are to leave Spain with at least a point tonight.
Spain substitution: Andres Iniesta replaced by Fernando Torres, who plays in Madrid for the first time in five years.
72'—WHAT A CHANCE FOR SISSOKO. Benzema beats the offside trap down the left, gets his head up and lofts a great cross over for Moussa Sissoko, running onto it on his right foot—but he wastefully guides the ball well over the crossbar. Tame effort.
71'—Spain probing dangerously again down the left flank, looking for this killer second goal. A nice pass from Iniesta sets Alba away yet again but his cut back this time does not find a man in red.
69'—...Ramos gets up again! But this time his header flies over the crossbar. Ramos with the only goal of the game so far.
68'—Cesc has a shot from 20 yards but it's deflected behind for a corner. Lloris looked worried for a moment when the ball changed direction, but he might have to be more preoccupied about the corner itself...
66'—Great threaded pass from Juanfran who looks for Cesc in the box but Lloris is out quickly. Up the other end, Benzema flashes a low cross over the six yard box but it's too far ahead of Valbuena, who has come on as sub for Gonalons.
France sub: Also going off is Menez, with Moussa Sissoko coming on in his place.
All change in the midfield then for the away side.
63'—SO CLOSE FOR FRANCE! Ribery again causes problems down the left and drills a low cross over which Casillas can't clear, but Benzema is unable to get a shot in at goal with two defenders in close attendance. The ball bounces up and away from goal, and Spain eventually clear.
61'—GREAT CHANCE FOR 2-0! Pedro breaks through the middle at pace and feeds Xavi on the left of the area, but before the midfielder can shape to shoot he is closed down and blocked by Koscielny. France leaving more spaces at the back now as they chase an equalising goal.
60'—Momentary danger for Spain as Ribery slips in Benzema who is one on one with Casillas, but the offside flag goes up—correctly this time. Casillas won the ball off his club team-mate anyway.
58'—Up the other end and Cesc has another chance to score, nipping in front of his marker at the near post from Alba's run and cross, but he can't get in shape to shoot and the ball deflects away.
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