The 5 Best Moments from France vs Spain


1. Centenary of the day

Xabi Alonso marked his 100th cap for Spain in fine style, grabbing a crucial brace to down France. His first, a composed header following Jordi Alba's inch-perfect cross from the left, helped to settle nerves early on, before he smashed home a late penalty to seal the result.

It was a fine performance and the perfect riposte to those who had called for Vicente del Bosque to drop either Alonso or Sergio Busquets in favour of a more attacking player against Les Bleus. Alonso may not be the flashiest of midfielders, but his metronomic passing and positional sense remain key factors in Spain's continuing dominance of tournament football.

2. Media darling of the day

Samir Nasri aimed a volley of abuse at a French journalist after the game, finishing with the line: "There, now you'll be able to say I've been badly brought up." Well, if you insist...

3. Disappointment of the day

France, hailed as contenders prior to the tournament, exited Euro 2012 with their tails between their legs. Despite having enormous attacking riches at his disposal, Laurent Blanc concentrated all his resources on stifling Spain; right-backs Anthony Reveillere and Mathieu Debuchy doubled up on one flank, whilst the ineffectual Florent Malouda was drafted in to provide extra bulk in midfield.

The result? Karim Benzema was again left to plough a lone furrow, while France's defence dropped ever deeper. The introduction of Samir Nasri and Olivier Giroud came too late on the day; by that stage, Spain had already established their tiki-taka stranglehold on the game.

4. Lookalike of the day

5. Friendship of the day

Karim Benzema likes his Real Madrid team-mates so much that he decided against trying to score against Spain. "It just wouldn't have been fair on Xabi, Iker, Alvaro and Sergio," he (probably) told Spanish TV after the match.