Spain and France will play in Madrid on Tuesday with the winner earning an early advantage in Group I during 2014 World Cup qualifying.
France was the last team to beat Spain during a World Cup match in 2006 when Zinedine Zidane led Les Bleus past its Spanish opponents. Since that defeat, Spain has won Euro 2008, the 2010 World Cup and this year's Euro 2012.
After beating Spain in the 2006 World Cup, France advanced to the final where it lost to Italy on penalty kicks. Since that defeat, it has been all downhill for France during international competitions.
France's 2010 World Cup disaster was embarrassing for the team and country, and although the squad improved at Euro 2012, it was over-matched against Spain in the quarterfinal.
France has an opportunity on Tuesday to take a step toward being a great team again with a victory over a Spanish side that is still the best team in the world despite dealing with injuries to a number of key players.
Beating Spain isn't an impossible task for France, but don't expect Didier Deschamps' team to sit back and hope for a draw.
This French side will not be scared of Spain, and will certainly push forward in an attempt to score goals and take the three points.
Luckily for Deschamps, he has plenty of attacking firepower at his disposal to test the Spanish defense. Strikers Karim Benzema of Real Madrid and Olivier Giroud of Arsenal are both in form for their club teams, and are starting to develop some nice chemistry in the national team.
Midfielders Franck Ribery of Bayern Munich, Jeremy Menez of Paris Saint-Germain and Yohan Cabaye of Newcastle all have the ability to score goals and serve as playmakers. Expect these five players to play a major part in the outcome of this game.
Since it has not dropped any points in qualifying thus far, expect France to attack Spain for 90 minutes. It's a risky strategy against a world-class opponent that possesses the ball so well, but France has the pace and attacking quality needed to score goals.
Spain cannot allow France to score first because then the confidence of the French players will increase dramatically, which would be bad news for the Spanish. Expect the team that scores first to win the match.
Let's look at the live stream and television information you need to watch France versus Spain.
When: Tuesday, October 16 at 3:00 p.m. ET
Live Stream: ESPN3
Where: Vicente Calderon, Madrid, Spain
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