WORLD CUP REPORT – Europe – Group I including video highlights

Europe GroupI



France 0

Spain 1 (Pedro 58)

Pedro Rodriguez of Barcelona bundled home the winner as Spain beat France 1-0 to reclaim first place in Group I. The World Champions, Spain had drawn their past two matches to drop two points behind in Group I, but Pedro settled a fiercely contested match in the 58th minute after being left unmarked to meet Arsenal’s Nacho Monreal’s cross from the left.

Young French midfielder Paul Pogba was sent off in the 78th after collecting a second yellow card for going in late on Xavi Hernandez. Pogba sarcastically clapped Hungarian referee Viktor Kassai, but his coach Didier Deschamps was not amused and ignored Pogba as he walked down the tunnel. Striker Karim Benzema had a poor game and was jeered by the home crowd when he was substituted, as his barren spell for France reached 12 games. Spain had slipped up to a surprising 1-1 home draw with Finland while France beat Georgia 3-1 on Friday to take over first place.




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