Spain Beat France 2-0 – End Of Road For Cabaye And Ben Arfa

France went out of the Euro 2012 tournament tonight, and with them Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye and Ben Arfa, as they went down to reigning Champions Spain by 2-0.

Xabi Alanso heads in Spain’s first goal after 19 minutes

This was the first time that Spain had ever beaten France in a major tournament, and for France, after going 23 games without a defeat, they have now lost both their last two games by 2-0. Funny how that seems to happen once an unbeaten run is broken.

It was a fairly easy win for Spain tonight, and they played a lot better than in their last game, and it was two goals from former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alanso, that made the win possible.

His first goal came from an attack on the wing – which is a rare occurrence for Spain –  and it was young left back Jordi (was he born in Newcastle?) Alba who got past Mathieu Debuchy down the left wing, before putting over a great cross that Alonso headed home in the exact right spot, and away from France goalkeeper Lloris – and Xabi was completely unmarked.

And then Alonso completed the scoring in stoppage time when he took a penalty, probably because it was his 100th cap for Spain, and the midfielder beat Lloris easily.

France came closest to scoring in this game when Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye hit a great free-kick from just outside the peanlty area in the first half, that Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas did well to claw away for a corner, and the attempt was reminiscent of Yohans’ great goal against Manchester United in Janauary.

Cesc Fabregas just fails to roundHugo Lloris

Ben Arfa didn’t see any action in this game, and we half expected that, and Mathieu Debuchy was also substituted in the seocnd half, having surprisingly started the game out on the right wing, where he has played a few times for Lille last season.

And the Newcastle target has not played as well in the last two games as he did in the first two group games, and that may even may be a help,  in bringing the Frenchman to Newcastle this summer.

France tried hard to come back in the second half, but Spain were just too good for them on the night.

England now play Italy tomorrow in the remaining quarter final, and we have to hope for an England win, which is not beyond the realm of possibility.

Comments welocme.

24 comments so far

  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Jun 23, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #1

    previous thread


    Didn’t you mean to say that “Benzema and Ribery are up themselves” 🙂

    To be fair the Spanish had two defenders covering Ribery as soon as he had the ball. Not much of a way through for him..


    NO…. Chelski are looking for £12mill for Sturrudge and his wages would be too high. He has been a bit of a prima donna, which is why they want rid, and only wants to play central striker not flanking player in the 4-3-3 hence toys flying out of pram

  • Beardo

    Jun 23, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #2

    I await you with open arms, Yohan. <3

  • Beardo

    Jun 23, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #3


  • steve

    Jun 23, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #4

    Can’t see what all the fuss is over Debuchy. Fair enough strong going forward, for a defender, defensively however he is no better possibly worse than perch.

    Cue the abuse… 😀

  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Jun 23, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #5

    Aye but Debuchy with proper Toon coaching will be a useful buy…..Who’s the CB going to be though ?

  • terencelim

    Jun 23, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #6

    Can’t believe at the moment I think Shola is better player than Benzema.

  • Ben Arfa (Either love him or Hatem)

    Jun 23, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #7

    Beardo get in line!

    Anyone else heard of the Werder Bremen Polish RB on a free who is supposedly backup for if we don’t get Debuchy?

  • steve

    Jun 23, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #8

    Mariappa 😉

  • Toon1978

    Jun 23, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #9


    No mate, i meant what i said. They have no thought for anyone else, that is just the way i perceived it but i may be wrong. Ribery and Cliche didn’t work together very well but if they did then they would have caused Spain a few more problems.

  • tarie4

    Jun 23, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #10

    I hate it when people judge a player from one mistake, even the best players miss open goals or make a defensive blunders, they are human after all U knw.

  • steve

    Jun 23, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #11

    So who would everyone start tomorrow. Carroll or Welbeck? For me it has to be Andy

  • Harley

    Jun 23, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #12


    I agree debuchy is probably just as adequate as perch or Simpson at defending, but he’s 10 times the player going forward. Therefor I believe he improves the team.
    I actually think Simpson and perch are ok at defending.

  • ToonDownSouth

    Jun 23, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #13

    Got to be Welbeck for me. Same 11 as Ukraine.

    Milner and Young have been disappointing, but we don’t really have any better options.

  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Jun 23, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #14

    Toon 1978

    Aye, exactly…..they were both up themselves !!

    Yer right about Clichy not linking up well with Ribery too.

  • HullMag6

    Jun 23, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #15

    Oi Steve noooooo……
    Carroll and wellbeck and shrek on the bench.

  • steve

    Jun 23, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #16

    Carroll welbeck and shrek on the bench? It’s so crazy it just might work 😀

  • Toon1978

    Jun 23, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #17


    Our turn tomorrow mate lol. I don’t hold much hope tbh. Been disappointed to many times with England.


    Jun 23, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #18

    Italy 1-0 eng sori 🙂 ,always supportd italy

  • ochytoon

    Jun 23, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #19

    Ever tried drinking and playing football at the same time at 10? Mental business!

  • SupaToonKid

    Jun 23, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #20

    Debuchy is a good RB, you can’t judge him defensively when he’s playing RW as it was not his function tonight. Debuchy is a better defending and attacking than all our other RBs mark my words.

    Despite my hatred for the boring passing and diving of the Spanish it can only be good for our attempts to sign Debuchy quicker now they are out. Ben Arfa and Cabaye as well will be able to have a good rest before pre-season.

    Cabaye is France’s most effective player and it showed when he played at CAM that he is best there (didn’t look the same when moved back to make way for Nasri’s arrival) and for sure we must add a CDM like Anita to partner Tiote thus allowing Yohan to fully focus on the attacking threat he poses through his diverse passing ability and techically superb, finesse shots.

  • toonbarmy1984

    Jun 23, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #21

    @TDS I think theo is much better for England than Milner every time he has came on he has changed the game and Steve I have been watching debuchy and I think in our team he will do great especially after he has a bit toon coaching ????

  • Visten

    Jun 24, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #22

    Blanc wants his bloody head examined for playing the uninterested Nasri and the cack Malouda and deserve to go out. Ben Arfa is miles better than these two numpties.

  • Grafton83

    Jun 24, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #23

    The whole first half I was thinking Hatem is much better than Malouda, manager should have played him but i think they’ve fallen out with each other.

    Yohans freekick was flying in, shame Benzema insisted on taking the earler one which was in a better position.

  • alanrichie

    Jun 24, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #24

    Totally agree supa!


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