MATCH REPORT | Valuable draw with France with the EURO in mind (1-1)

Caen (Francia) 19 Nov 2018
Spain closes off the year at the Michel D'Ornano Stadium in Caen with the focus on the Italy and San Marino EURO

Spain arrived in Caen to play against France in a friendly match, although it had little to do with a friendly. Luis de la Fuente had already warned it was worthy of a EURO final. 

During the first moments of the match both sides showed respect, but Spain came out a little more fierce. 

Ten minutes in, Fabián Ruiz assisted Pedraza and the French right back, Nordi, finished the action with a penalty on Oyarzabal who netted the first goal. 

France wanted to react and had some occasion that was solved by our goal Unai Simón. Before reaching the end of the first half, Carlos Soler was on the verge of scoring the second for Spain, but the ball crashed into the crossbar.

In the second 45 minutes, France came out in search of a draw and our team suffered. The French looked for their best footballer, Allan Saint Maximin to put our men to the test. 

Step by Step Spain was gradually gaining control over the ball, however, France did not back down and in the 79' Mateta scored the equalizer after a good action from the right wing. 

With 1-1 on the scoreboard, the next date will be March 2019. 


Paul Bernadoni, Fodé Ballo-Torretta, Moussa Niakhate, Dayot Upamecano, Nordi Mukiele ( Kelvin Amian 77'), Lucas Tousart © ,Ibrahima  Sissoko (Matteo Guendouzi 61'), Allan Saint Maximin (Marcus Coco 77'), Jeff Reine-Adelaide (Jonthan Ikone 72'), Martin Terrier (Jean-Phillippe Mateta 61'), Jonathan Bamba

Head Coach: Sylvain Ripoll
Unai Simón, Palencia, Unai Núñez, Mere ©, Angeliño (Aarón Martín 76'), Jorge Sáenz, Carlos Soler (José Ángel Pozo 89'), Fabián (Carlos Fernández Luna 89'), Oyarzabal (Pape Cheikh 76'), Pedraza (Dani Olmo 61)' and Mayoral (Rafa Mir 76')

Spain: Luis de la Fuente
0-1 | Mikel Oyarzabal | Minuto 10
1-1 | Mateta | Minuto 79
Árbitro: Kevin Clancy (Escocia). 
Árbitro asistente 1: Graeme Stewart (Escocia)
Árbitro Asistente 2: Stuart Stevenson (Escocia)
Cuarto Árbitro: Stephan Luzi (Francia)
Partido internacional amistoso, 
Estadio Michel D’Ornano (Caen). Unos 6000 espectadores en la gradas.