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Spain v. France - Surprising, Incredible Pre-Match Stats

When three-time World Player of the Year Zinedine Zidane clipped the ball past Iker Casillas in the dying seconds of France’s 3-1 quarter-final win over Spain at the 2006 World Cup, it marked the last international goal from open play of one the game’s all-time greats. But not only was that a moment when the curtain began to come down on Zidane’s career; it also saw the dawn of a new era. That strike is the last goal Spain have conceded in the knock-out stages of a major tournament, encompassing a run of seven games during their Euro 2008 and 2010 World Cup triumphs as they became kings of all they survey.
(Source: BBC, Spain v France)


Also (from the same BBC article):

  • Spain have never won against France in a major tournament
  • Spain will equal the European Championship record for of 10 matches unbeaten if they avoid defeat
  • If selected, Xabi Alonso will win his 100th cap for his country
  • France are the only side to have beaten Spain twice at the Euros – excluding penalty shootouts
  • Worth repeating from above: The last goal Spain have conceded in the knock-out stages of a major tournament was on June 27, 2006


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