France vs Spain Live Stream and Highlights
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Date: March 26, 2013; Time: 8:00 PM UTC;
Venue: Stade de France — Paris.
European grand teams will fight for first place in the Group I in the Paris showdown. Vicente del Bosque’s team will need to rehabilitate after a 1-1 draw against Finland on Friday and will try to lift pressure with a win over Les Blues, while France will try to cement their first spot and make another step to qualification.
France stands at the top of the Group I with 10 points from 4 games. Their present form has seen 1 draw, 2 defeats and 2 wins from last five games. These 2 losses came from friendly games against Japan and Germany. Their last 4 official matches have finished with 3 wins and 1 draw against Spain. Last round they have won Georgia 3-1. Les Blues are on a 13-game unbeaten run in WC and European qualifiers with 6 victories and 4 draws. But France have won just 1 of their last 6 games against Spain, losing 4 and drawing 1 in the first round of this campaign.
Spain goes 2nd in the Group I with 8 points from 4 games, having 2 wins and 2 draws. Their present form has seen 3 wins and 2 draws including friendlies. In the previous round Spain drew with Finland 1-1 and lost first place. La Roja are on a 19-game unbeaten run, having 14 wins and 5 draws. Also they have won last 4 away games including friendlies. Vicente del Bosque has overcome Ladislao Kubala’s record on the most number of games as a Spain’s head coach. He has 69 internationals games, 57 of which he won.
France have no new injury concerns ahead of this vital game at Stade de France. Head coach Didier Deschamps could return to a 4-3-3 formation. Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud is expected from the first minutes instead of the out-of-form Karim Benzema. Patrice Evra and Yohan Cabaye will return to the starting line-up, after being rested in the 3-1 win over Georgia. Raphael Varane and Paul Pogba could keep their places after great debuts.
Left def Jordi Alba is out for Spain after a thigh injury, which he picked-up in the 1-1 draw against Finland. David Silva will miss due to suspension. But wonderful playmaker Xavi, who missed previous game due to injury, is expected in start.
France line-up: Lloris, Jallet, Varane, Sakho, Evra, Pogba, Matuidi, Cabaye, Valbuena, Giroud, Ribery.
Last three games:
France 3 – Georgia 1;
France 1 – Germany 2;
Italy 1 – France 2.
Spain line-up: Valdes, Arbeloa, Pique, Ramos, Monreal, Xavi, Busquets, Alonso, Pedro, Fabregas, Iniesta.
Last three games:
Spain 1 – Finland 1;
Spain 3 – Uruguay 1;
Panama 1 – Spain 5.