Both teams had ample chances to take control of the game throughout, but at the blow of the final whistle, Spain barely managed to squeak past France with a 1-0 victory in Tuesday’s 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier between the two European heavyweights.
After a couple of early blown chances, and a missed call that could have given Spain a penalty kick, FC Barcelona man Pedro scored the lone goal in a pair of Nike Mercurial Vapor IX. France relinquished possession for a majority of the match, but had their chances to equalize even after losing a player to a double-booking in the second half.
With three games left to play for each team, today’s win puts Spain in the driver’s seat in Group I—one point ahead of Les Bleus.
Stay tuned for the latest on the road to the World Cup in Brazil.