Saturday, June 23, 2012

Euro 2012 Spain vs France

Spain have never beaten France in a competitive fixture. Their most painful defeats by Les Bleus came in the UEFA European Championship final of 1984 and the quarter-finals in 2000, when Laurent Blanc was in the France team.

France were the last side to eliminate Spain from a major international tournament – the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Spain have lost only one of 38 competitive fixtures since then – against Switzerland at the 2010 World Cup – and won 36 of them.

France lost their own 23-match unbeaten run when they suffered a 2-0 reverse against Sweden on matchday three, meaning they finished second in Group D with four points. Spain topped Group C with seven.

 Philippe Mexès serves a one-match suspension; Jérémy Ménez and Mathieu Debuchy are a booking away from a ban, as are Spain's Álvaro Arbeloa, Jordi Alba, Fernando Torres, Xabi Alonso and Javi Martínez.

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