28th of March 2017

Pedro starts in hard-fought win over France (0-2)

Spain beat France 2-0 in a friendly at the Stade de France, where Pedro played a significant role from the starting eleven. It was his first international cap under Julen Lopetegui.

German referee Felix Zwayer made use of the technology available to both chalk off a goal for France and then overrule an incorrect offside call against Gerard Deulofeu for Spain's second goal.

Following their World Cup qualifiers, both sides made the expected changes for the friendly, but it was Spain who delivered a cutting edge in the final third.

However, victory came only after France striker Antoine Griezmann saw his close-range header at the start of the second half correctly ruled out for a marginal offside in the build-up following consultation with the Video Assistant Referee (VAR), the system being trialled by FIFA.

There was no need for a second pair of eyes when Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny upended Deulofeu to give away a penalty in the 68th minute, which Manchester City's David Silva converted for his 30th international goal - moving him into fourth in his country's all-time scoring list.

The VAR was, though, required again with 12 minutes left after Deulofeu, on loan at AC Milan from Everton, swept the ball in at the far post. The assistant referee put his flag up for offside but, after a delay while technology was consulted, the goal was awarded and the Spanish were able to celebrate.


- Match stats:

0- France: Lloris; Jallet, Koscielny, Umtiti, Kurzawa; Tolisso (Lemar, m.80), Kanté, Rabiot (Bakayoko, m.46); Mbappé (Giroud, m.65), Gameiro (Dembelé, m.80), Griezmann.

2- Spain: De Gea; Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Piqué, Jordi Alba (Nacho, m.86); Koke (Ander Herrera, m.75), Busquets, Isco (Silva, m.53); Pedro (Deulofeu, m.67), Morata (Aspas, m.84), Iniesta (Thiago Alcántara, m.53)

Goles: 0-1, m.68: Silva; 0-2, m.77: Deulofeu

Bookings: Rabiot, Jallet

- Match report by PA Sport

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