The French U-21 team were 3 - 0 up by the 35th min thanks to some basic mistakes by the Spanish defence & some bad coordination in midfield. Plus, Spain lost Juan Carlos to a Red Card in a vital moment just after the first Spanish goal & that left Spain with 10 men on the field.
Spain played better - & their Best Football - from the 37th min onwards when FRAN MERIDA scored the Spanish opener & then a second goal arrived with Spain down to 10 men via RIOS in the 60th min. It looked possible that Spain could turn things around & make an incredible comeback but it did not eventuate as France held out & stood firm to the Spanish pressure.
Great win for the French youngsters & encouraging comeback attempt under the circumstances by the Spaniards.
|France u-21 defeat Spain in International Friendly: L´Equipe|
France 3: Gorgelin; Corchia, Stambouli, Mangala, Makonda; Guilavogui, Pajot (Varene, m.70); Saivet, Griezmann (Sylla, m.88), Gueye (Cabella, m.60); Riviére.
Spain 2: Mariño (Robles, m.46); Mario, Bartra, Ayala, Nacho; Camacho (Illarmendi, m.46), Recio (Ríos, m.58), Mérida (Pacheco, m.46), Juan Carlos; Álvaro Vázquez (Falque, m.75), Canales.
Goals: 1-0, m.10: Riviére; 2-0, m.18: Riviére; 3-0, m.35: Gueye; 3-1, m.37: Fran Mérida; 3-2, m.60: Rios