France 0 Spain 1: match report – Pedro scores as Paul Pogba is sent off

France 0 Spain 1: Pedro steals the glory in Paris as ex-United man Pogba sees red

PUBLISHED:

21:51 GMT, 26 March 2013

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UPDATED:

22:10 GMT, 26 March 2013

Pedro scored the only goal of the game as Spain closed the gap on Group I leaders France.

Spain's returning playmaker, Xavi, created the opening with an outstanding ball to Nacho Monreal. The Arsenal left back found the incoming Pedro, who put the ball past Hugo Lloris.

Raphael Varane had a golden opportunity to equalise when Victor Valdes flapped at a corner, but the Real Madrid wonderkid could not get the ball under control in time to slide the ball into the empty net.

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, who was outrstanding on his second performance for his country, was sent off for two yellow cards in as many minutes with just over 20 minutes to play.

More to follow…

One up: Pedro wheels away in celebration after putting Spain in the lead

One up: Pedro wheels away in celebration after putting Spain in the lead

Just about: Hugo Lloris (left) can't keep out Pedro's second-half effort

Just about: Hugo Lloris (left) can't keep out Pedro's second-half effort

Futile: Hugo Lloris watches as the ball bounces over the line

Futile: Hugo Lloris watches as the ball bounces over the line

MATCH FACTS

France: Lloris, Jallet (Giroud 90), Koscielny, Varane, Evra, Cabaye (Menez 70), Matuidi, Pogba, Valbuena, Ribery, Benzema (Sissoko 82)

Subs Not Used: Mandanda, Fanni, Sakho, Yanga-Mbiwa, Gonalons, Remy, Payet, Clichy, Landreau

Sent off: Pogba (78)

Booked: Cabaye, Matuidi, Pogba

Spain: Valdes, Arbeloa, Pique, Sergio Ramos, Monreal, Alonso, Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta (Mata 90), Villa (Jesus Navas 61), Pedro (Fabregas 76)

Subs Not Used: Reina, Albiol, Javi Garcia, Azpilicueta, Negredo, Isco, Cazorla, De Gea

Booked: Xavi, Fabregas, Arbeloa

Goal: Pedro 58

Attendance: 80,000

Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)

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Marching orders: Paul Pogba picked up two yellow cards in as many minutes after Pedro opened the scoring

Marching orders: Paul Pogba picked up two yellow cards in as many minutes after Pedro opened the scoring

Marching orders: Paul Pogba picked up two yellow cards in as many minutes after Pedro opened the scoring

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You're surrounded: Karim Benzema (centre) tries to weave his way past three Spain defenders

You're surrounded: Karim Benzema (centre) tries to weave his way past three Spain defenders

Big chance: Franck Ribery (left) tries to sneak the ball underneath Victor Valdes

Big chance: Franck Ribery (left) tries to sneak the ball underneath Victor Valdes

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Booked: Xavi remonstrates with the referee as he is given a yellow card

Booked: Xavi remonstrates with the referee as he is given a yellow card

Mature: Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba played in the middle for France

Mature: Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba played in the middle for France

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Block: Patrice Evra chases down Barcelona striker David Villa

Block: Patrice Evra chases down Barcelona striker David Villa