France 3, Spain 1
Posted by ssbg on June 27, 2006
France keeper Fabien Barthez gathers in the opening minutes under pressure from Spanish captain Raul
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.
France’s victory also means Brazil will face their nemesis Zidane again, the player who scored twice against them in the 1998 World Cup final.