Deulofeu and video technology help Spain tame France

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The French are favourites for the game at the Stade de France on Tuesday evening with SportyBet offering them (2.31) for the win, while Spain can be backed at (2.98) to come out victorious. "It's a neighbouring country and, like against Italy and England, there is a distinctive flavour", said Deschamps.

Spain are rediscovering their old dominance, captain Sergio Ramos said on Monday ahead of a friendly against France on Tuesday. "Tonight it played against us".

And so the goal was disallowed and Spain eventually won 2-0. "But we had been warned and the match can't be summed up by this".

As for any friendly, falling as it does between World Cup qualifiers and a heavy club schedule, Deschamps will likely rotate his squad, notably with the League Cup final between Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco scheduled for Saturday.

France is coming from a nice result in the UEFA 2018 World Cup qualifiers, beating Luxembourg 3-1 away from home with two goals from Olivier Giroud and one goal from Antoine Griezmann.

The clash kicks-off at 8pm at the Stade de France.

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Iniesta got his team's first chance when he curled a shot just wide from inside the box in the 14th minute. The goal, however, was awarded after German referee Felix Zwayer asked the video assistant to check the decision.

France XI: Lloris, Jallet, Koscielny, Umtiti, Kurzawa, Tolisso, Kanté, Rabiot, Mbappé, Gameiro, Griezmann.

VARs are being trialled by Federation Internationale de Football Association at certain events with a view to wider roll-out; there was no need for recourse to the system when David Silva scored Spain's opener from the penalty spot in the 68th minute but it came in useful again when Gerard Deulofeu, initially flagged offside, was ruled to have scored their second after a short delay.

Referees were given four main areas to focus on for video replays: deciding on whether or not a goal should count, penalty decisions, direct red cards, and correcting the identity of a penalised player.

"To make my France debut against Spain - probably one of the three best teams in the world - would be a huge bonus", he beamed. Level on points with Italy at the top of Group G, Spain travels to Macedonia on June 11.

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