Olivier Giroud scored a late equaliser for France in their Group 1 2014 World Cup qualifier to end Spain’s fantastic run of 24 consecutive wins. Sergio Ramos had put Spain ahead in the opening half an hour, but the World/European Champions were left to rue a missed Cesc Fabregas penalty as Giroud came off the bench to score in the 94th minute with what was apparently his only touch of the game.
Laurent Koscielny and Santi Cazorla were also on show this evening, the latter having come on in the 12th minute to replace the injured David Silva. Our little Spaniard made a pretty immediate impression, with the first shot of the match after a pretty slow start. Koscielny, however, made his impression for all the wrong reasons. The Frenchman brought down Pedro to give away a penalty that was (luckily for him) missed by none other than the aforementioned Fabregas. Spain & France continue to sit top of their group on 7 points from the first 3 games.
Below I have embedded some highlights of the game. You can skip the annoying advert at the beginning by pressing the small x in the top right hand corner and, unless you speak good Russian, you may also want to watch with the volume down so that you don’t have to listen to the annoying commentary. For some reason the Koscielny foul and the penalty are not included among the highlights.