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Hanover, FIFA World Cup™ Stadium, Germany, 2006/06/27 - Zidane will not retire this time as Spanish press had claimed on yesterday, but instead Spain team will return home. Brazil to play France on Saturday in Hanover. Spain was unable to score until they got a penalty given by Villa..
Italian referee Mr ROSETTI Roberto did a great job during today's game. Maybe among the best since the beginning of this 2006 FIFA World Cup.
A 28th minute penalty from David Villa had given Luis Aragones’ side the lead, but Frank Ribery’s equaliser four minutes before half-time restored parity for "Les Bleus". (Blue)
Of all the match-ups at this stage of the competition, this is perhaps the hardest to predict, with Spain steadily confirming their status as a team to fear and France having laid to rest their demons from Korea/Japan 2002. Add in the subplot of Zinedine Zidane battling to prolong his career against a number of former club colleagues, and this is sure to be an occasion to remember.
"It's the game I predicted, except I thought France would finish first and Spain second," explained France boss Raymond Domenech, indicating the varying fortunes of the two teams thus far in Germany. Keen to shake off their tag as underachievers at big tournaments, Spain breezed their way through Group H with three victories in three outings. First up was an emphatic 4-0 win over Ukraine, and although they trailed Tunisia 1-0 for more than an hour in their second match, they then turned on the style with three late strikes. That result sealed qualification and coach Luis Aragones subsequently sent out his reserves to collect a 1-0 victory over Saudi Arabia to wrap things up.
"Eric Abidal, France defender: Spain have the younger side, but we have experience. They've got pace but up front we've got strikers who can make the difference at any moment." said Eric Abidal, France defender.
Brazil (BRA) Statistics Ghana (GHA)
11 Shots 18
10 Shots on Goal 7
18 Fouls 24
3 Corner Kicks 4
1 Free Kicks (shots on goal) 1
0 Penalty Kicks 0
5 Offsides 4
0 Own Goals 0
2 Cautions 6
0 Expulsions 1
48% Ball Possession 52%
27 Actual Playing Time 29
Source: Yahoo!® FIFA World Cup™