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France 0-2 Spain

Referee
German referee Felix Zwayer disallowed a France goal, and awarded one to Spain, after consulting with a video assistant referee

Video technology was used to correct two wrong decisions as Spain beat France in a friendly in Paris.

France striker Antoine Griezmann had a goal ruled out by a video assistant referee for offside.

And Spain's second goal, scored by Gerard Deulofeu, was awarded by the video official after an assistant referee wrongly flagged for offside.

David Silva had opened the scoring for Spain with a penalty after Laurent Koscielny fouled Deulofeu.

Video Assistant Referee (VAR) is currently undergoing trial runs, with Fifa president Gianni Infantino keen to employ the system during the World Cup in Russia next year.

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Griezmann thought he had given France the lead with a header but referee Felix Zwayer reversed his initial decision after receiving a message in his earpiece from the video assistant referee, who was sat in a truck outside the Stade de France.

Replays showed Layvin Kurzawa was narrowly offside when he headed the ball to Griezmann, with the decision to overturn the goal made in about a minute.

Spain
The Spanish players were able to celebrate their second goal following the referee's conversation with his video assistant

Deulofeu's goal - from a Jordi Alba cross - was awarded after a conversation between the referee and the video assistant that lasted about 40 seconds.

There appeared to be no player protests about either decision.

Why was it being used?

VAR technology was first used in September, in France's 3-1 friendly win in Italy, and both the Spanish and French football associations agreed to its use during Tuesday's match.

"If it is verified and it is fair, why not (use VAR)?" France coach Didier Deschamps said. "It changes our football a little.

"It is against us today [Tuesday], but if we have to go through this, it will be the same for everyone.

"Afterwards, without [VAR], it would have been different, but it is the evolution of football. That is how it will be."

VAR has also been used at the Fifa Club World Cup, and the Football Association wants to use it in next season's FA Cup from the third round onwards.

'Goaaaal France....'

Antoine Griezmann
Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann celebrates what he thinks is the opener for France...

But VAR says...

Video assistant referee
The Video Assistant Referee system was used during Tuesday's match

... 'No goal!'

Antoine Griezmann
Antoine Griezmann's (right) celebrations are brought to a halt by VAR

Line-ups

France

  • 1Lloris
  • 2JalletBooked at 55mins
  • 21Koscielny
  • 22Umtiti
  • 3Kurzawa
  • 13Kanté
  • 6TolissoSubstituted forLemarat 80'minutes
  • 18RabiotBooked at 19minsSubstituted forBakayokoat 45'minutes
  • 7Griezmann
  • 10GameiroSubstituted forDembéléat 80'minutes
  • 12MbappeSubstituted forGiroudat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Kimpembe
  • 5Laporte
  • 8Payet
  • 9Giroud
  • 11Dembélé
  • 14Matuidi
  • 15Mendy
  • 16Areola
  • 17Thauvin
  • 19Corchia
  • 20Lemar
  • 23Costil
  • 24Bakayoko

Spain

  • 1de Gea
  • 20Carvajal
  • 3Piqué
  • 15Ramos
  • 18AlbaSubstituted forNachoat 86'minutes
  • 8KokeSubstituted forHerreraat 74'minutes
  • 5Busquets
  • 6IniestaSubstituted forThiago Alcántaraat 52'minutes
  • 9PedroSubstituted forDeulofeuat 67'minutes
  • 7MorataSubstituted forIago Aspasat 84'minutes
  • 22IscoSubstituted forSilvaat 53'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Azpilicueta
  • 4Javi Martínez
  • 10Thiago Alcántara
  • 11Machín Pérez
  • 12Herrera
  • 13Rico
  • 14Nacho
  • 16Deulofeu
  • 17Iago Aspas
  • 19Diego Costa
  • 21Silva
  • 23Arrizabalaga Revuelta
  • 24Monreal
Referee:
Felix Zwayer

Match Stats

Home TeamFranceAway TeamSpain
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home8
Away8
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home17
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, France 0, Spain 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, France 0, Spain 2.

Sergio Busquets (Spain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Olivier Giroud (France).

Foul by Gerard Deulofeu (Spain).

Laurent Koscielny (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ander Herrera (Spain).

Tiemoué Bakayoko (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, France. Olivier Giroud tries a through ball, but Antoine Griezmann is caught offside.

Offside, France. Antoine Griezmann tries a through ball, but Layvin Kurzawa is caught offside.

Offside, Spain. Gerard Piqué tries a through ball, but Iago Aspas is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Antoine Griezmann (France) header from very close range is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ousmane Dembélé with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Spain. Nacho replaces Jordi Alba.

Daniel Carvajal (Spain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Layvin Kurzawa (France).

Substitution

Substitution, Spain. Iago Aspas replaces Álvaro Morata.

Attempt missed. Ousmane Dembélé (France) left footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Christophe Jallet.

Foul by Thiago Alcántara (Spain).

Antoine Griezmann (France) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Spain. Gerard Deulofeu tries a through ball, but David Silva is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, France. Thomas Lemar replaces Corentin Tolisso.

Substitution

Substitution, France. Ousmane Dembélé replaces Kevin Gameiro.

Foul by Sergio Ramos (Spain).

Tiemoué Bakayoko (France) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! France 0, Spain 2. Gerard Deulofeu (Spain) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jordi Alba.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Spain. Ander Herrera replaces Koke.

Delay in match Laurent Koscielny (France) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Tiemoué Bakayoko (France) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Antoine Griezmann with a cross following a corner.

Corner, France. Conceded by Sergio Ramos.

Attempt blocked. Kevin Gameiro (France) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, France. Conceded by Koke.

Attempt blocked. Samuel Umtiti (France) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Foul by Gerard Piqué (Spain).

Olivier Giroud (France) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, France. Conceded by Jordi Alba.

Hand ball by Sergio Busquets (Spain).

Goal!

Goal! France 0, Spain 1. David Silva (Spain) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty Spain. Gerard Deulofeu draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Laurent Koscielny (France) after a foul in the penalty area.

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