Spain held to a 1-1 draw by resilient France – More injuries for La Roja
Spain was held to a 1-1 draw against France last night. The Spaniards embarrassed themselves with poor game play and lack of concentration. On the other hand, France was unimpressive as well, but they passed for a team that is in the process of rebuilding.
Spain manager Vicente del Bosque believes injuries in the game were responsible for Spain’s victory-less game. Spain lost the service of David Silva in the first half and then lost Alvaro Arbeloa in the second half of the game.
La Roja led over France for the full 90 minutes, but France got the equalizer in injury time to salvage one point from the game. David Silva had to be withdrawn from the game just 10 minutes after the kickoff.
Sergio Ramos put Spain in the lead in the 25th minute, but Spain were visibly less creative without David Silva. Spain squandered a penalty kick in the first half as well. Cesc Fabregas had the opportunity of doubling Spain’s lead, but his penalty kick was saved Hugo Lloris just before half time.
France came out strong in the second half of the game. Les Bleus produced a number of chances, but they weren’t able to convert any. Nonetheless, their hard work was paid off when Frank Ribery drove in for the last attack of the game. The Bayern Munich winger crossed the ball which was headed into the back of the net by the Arsenal striker Oliver Giroud.
“The injuries were an immediate misfortune because it prevented us from managing the changes,” Vicente del Bosque said. “There haven't been any muscular injuries in my four years here and so to have two I am sorry about.”
A draw between these two team means, Spain and France are tied with seven points from three games in Group I. Vicente del Bosque believes the group leaders will be decided before the two teams meet again at Paris in March.
“We have played only three games,” Vicente del Bosque said. “In the first half we had control of the game and perhaps we lacked a bit of penetration with the missed penalty by Cesc and the other chance that Pedro had.
“The home and away games against France have always been dangerous for us. What will happen with the rest of the games I don't know, it would appear March already will be important, but we can't take anything for granted with the other teams in the group as they will all aspire to be first.”