Spain’s narrow 1-0 victory over France at the Stade de France on Tuesday was a performance worthy of champions. Vicente del Bosque’s side were not outstanding, yet they bossed proceedings. They created few clear chances, yet they dominated Les Bleus.
An opportunist finish from Barcelona attacker Pedro decided the contest, but Didier Deschamps’ side had their own chances to win the match.
Three points moves the Spaniards back to the top of Group I and puts them in pole position to now qualify for Brazil automatically. A draw for France would have been enough to maintain their advantage, but now they must face up to the reality of playoffs to reach the finals.
The win is a blow to Deschamps’ side who have progressed of late and demonstrated their considerable depth in talent by adding young talents Raphael Varane and Paul Pogba to the senior set-up.
However, the defeat teaches the team some valuable lessons.
Here are six things we learned.