Photo Special: France 0 – 2 Spain

by Eamonn Power

France welcomed Spain to Paris on Wednesday night in a glamour friendly ahead of this summers impending World Cup. Spain’s class showed through as they ran out easy victors, sending out a strong message of intent in the process. The win was their 42nd out of their last 45 games, form strong enough to worry any competitor this summer.

Spain players pose for a team photo before the France v Spain International Friendly match at the Stade de France on March 3, 2010 in Paris, France.

There were plenty of familar faces on show as some of the top players in La Liga and the Premier League lined out for their countries, including Ireland’s favourite football star, Thierry Henry (pictured below with Cesc Fabregas).

Thierry Henry (R) of France races  away from Cesc Fabregas (L) during the France v Spain International  Friendly match at the Stade de France on March 3, 2010 in Paris,  France.

The early exchanges between the sides were tight, but Spain soon stamped their authority on the tie. Valencia’s prolific striker David Villa (pictured below) opened the scoring on the 20 minute mark, neatly slotting past Hugo Lloris in the French goal after Andres Iniesta’s throughball fortunately found its way toward his path.

David Villa

The goal was Villa’s 36th for Spain inside just 55 appearances as the frontman fast approaches Raul’s record of 44 goals for the national team. The Spaniards domination continued and they added another just before halftime when right-back Sergio Ramos (shown celebrating below),  cut inside and saw his effort deflect past a hopeless Lloris.

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Spain were in cruise control and the second half afforded them the opportunity to try out some subtitutes, not that any would would know, given the strength of their squad. The quality at the Spaniards disposal is mind-blowing. Their midfield last night saw Andres Iniesta, Xabi Alonso, Marcos Senna (pictured with Lassana Diarra below), Cesc Fabrgegas, David Silva and Xavi Hernandez all feature at some point.

Lassana Diarra (l) of France challenges Marcos Senna (r) during the during the International friendly match betweem France and Spain at the Stade de France on March 3, 2010 in Paris, France.

The second-half also brought the introduction of Fernando Torres (shown challenging with Bacary Sagna and Jeremy Toulalan below) as he continues his comeback from injury.

Fernando Torres (r) of Spain challenged by Bacary Sagna during the during the International friendly match betweem France and Spain at the Stade de France on March 3, 2010 in Paris, France.

This was a fine win for Spain, and the scoreline flattered them in no way whatsoever. Indeed it could easily have been more. Both sets of players left the pitch upon the final whistle with little doubt over who would be the happier as a chorus of jeers rang around the stadium to heap further pressure on French boss Raymond Domenech.

Jeremy Toulalan #14, Florent Malouda #15 and Yoann Gourcuff #8 of France walk off dejectedly at the final whistle of the France v Spain International Friendly match at the Stade de France on March 3, 2010 in Paris, France.

Spain continue their march toward adding the Jules Rimet trophy to their European Chmapionship success of 2008, in this form, it will take a very good team to stop them.

1 Response

  1. marcellus sowa says:

    I dont no why the referee disallow the goal christiano clearly scores agaist spain, please inform spain that we are still in europe

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