Silva & Deulofeu Lead Spain Past France

Silva & Deulofeu Lead Spain Past France

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Second-half goals from David Silva and Gerard Deulofeu saw Spain claim a 2-0 win over France in an international friendly at the Stade de France. The hosts nearly broke the deadlock after 11 minutes but Laurent Koscielny’s header was cleared off the line by Gerard Pique.

Andres Iniesta went close for Spain, as the midfielder weaved his way into the box, before curling an effort inches wide of the upright.

Hugo Lloris came to France’s rescue after 28 minutes, as he produced a fine save to keep out Iniesta’s close range strike, before Koscielny cleared the rebound.

The French ended the first half the stronger of the two sides and could have broken the deadlock in the 43rd minute, but Antoine Griezmann failed to connect with Kevin Gameiro’s cross at the far post. France had the ball in the back of the net shortly after the break, but Griezmann’s strike was ruled out by the video assistant, after Layvin Kurzawa was caught in offside possession in the build up.

Spain were eventually awarded a penalty after 68 minutes when Koscielny brought down Gerard Deulofeu. Silva stepped up and made no mistake from the spot, 0-1. The lead was doubled just under 10 minutes later as substitute Deulofefu registered his name on the score-sheet by turning home Jordi Alba’s cross.

France went close to reducing the lead in the 83rd minute when Kurzawa teed up Ousmane Debele, who fired horribly wide from close range. Both sides did carve out chances in the closing stages, but the score remained 2-0 to La Roja at the full-time whistle.

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