Spain v France, 27 June 2006

Score3-1 to France
RefereeRoberto Rosetti
CompetitionFIFA World Cup Finals - Round of 16
VenueAWD-Arena, Hannover
Attendance43,000
Kick-off: 9.00pm local Assistant referees: Cristiano Copelli (Italy) Alessandro Stagnoli (Italy) Fourth official: Markus Merk (Germany) Fifth official: Christian Schraer (Germany) Man of the Match: Patrick Vieira (France) France struck twice in the last 10 minutes to see off Spain and set up a quarter-final meeting with Brazil. Spain went ahead through David Villa's superbly struck penalty after Lilian Thuram rashly fouled Ibanez Pablo. France soon equalised when Frank Ribery rounded Iker Casillas after he was found by Patrick Vieira's clever pass. With seven minutes to go Vieira powered in a header and with Spain pushing forward Zinedine Zidane broke clear for a solo effort in stoppage time. Zidane, who struggled in France's first two group games, looks to have finally found his rhythm, prompting and cajoling his teammates to victory just as he did during their successful 1998 campaign. Although they have met in 27 previous 'A' internationals, this is the first meeting between Spain and France in the World Cup finals. It was also the 700th game in the history of the World Cup finals.

1  Spain

Manager: Luis Aragones

3  France

Manager: Raymond Domenech

Goals:

David Villa penalty 28 P

Goals:

Franck Ribéry 41 G
Patrick Vieira 83 G
Zinédine Zidane 90 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Iker Casillas
Defender Pablo Ibanez
Defender Mariano Pernia
Defender Puyol
Defender Sergio Ramos
Midfielder Cesc Fabregas
Midfielder Xabi Alonso
Midfielder Xavi
Forward Raúl (captain)
Forward Fernando Torres
Forward David Villa

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Fabien Barthez
Defender Eric Abidal
Defender William Gallas
Defender Willy Sagnol
Defender Lilian Thuram
Midfielder Claude Makélélé
Midfielder Franck Ribéry
Midfielder Patrick Vieira
Midfielder Zinédine Zidane (captain)
Forward Thierry Henry
Forward Florent Malouda

Substitutions:

Joaquín for David Villa 54
Luis Garcia for Raúl 54
Marcos Senna for Marcos Senna 72

Substitutions:

Sidney Govou for Florent Malouda 74
Sylvain Wiltord for Thierry Henry 88

Cards:

Puyol 82 Y

Cards:

Patrick Vieira 68 Y
Franck Ribéry 87 Y
Zinédine Zidane 90 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Cañizares
Goalkeeper Pepe Reina
Defender Juanito
Defender Antonio Lopez
Defender Marchena
Midfielder Albelda
Midfielder Andres Iniesta
Midfielder Joaquín
Midfielder Marcos Senna
Forward Luis Garcia

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Gregory Coupet
Goalkeeper Mickaël Landreau
Defender/Right back Pascal Chimbonda
Defender Gael Givet
Midfielder Vikash Dhorasoo
Midfielder Alou Diarra
Forward Sidney Govou
Forward Louis Saha
Forward Sylvain Wiltord

Comments:

This was Spain's first defeat under coach Luis Aragones in a run stretching back 26 games to their Euro 2004 reversal by Portugal. It is also their first defeat in 11 World Cup matches. Raúl captained Spain in this game on his 29th birthday. Carlos Puyol made his 50th appearance for Spain in this game.

Comments:

This was only France's second World Cup finals win outside of their own country since 1986. Lilian Thuram extends his all-time France record to 118 appearances.