[Teams] Spain vs France: Koscielny Starts, Torres Benched

By on June 23, 2012

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny will start tonight for France as they take on defending European champions Spain in the quarter finals.

Koscielny was one of the Gunners most reliable performers last season and his form didn’t go un-noticed as Laurent Blanc selected him in Frances Euro 2012 squad. He’s had to play second fiddle to Mexes and Rami so far but gets his first start in place of Mexes.

Former Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri finds himself on the bench amid rumours of a bust up within the France squad, while former Gunners captain Cesc Fabregas also plays in place of Chelsea striker Fernando Torres. Here are the line-ups:

Spain Team:

Casillas, Arbeloa, Pique, Ramos, Alba, Busquets, Alonso, Xavi, Iniesta, Cesc, Silva.

France Team:

Lloris; Reveillere, Rami, Koscielny, Clichy; Debuchy, M’Vila, Cabaye, Malouda; Benzema, Ribery.

Who do you think will win? Leave your score predictions in the comments section.



  1. Marc CFC/BKK

    June 23, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Spain 2 France 1 after extra time/or/1-1; Spain on pens

  2. John Odhiambo

    June 23, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    France all the way

  3. Bluekid

    June 23, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Perhaps del bosquets should play d number nine position cos he always seems confused on whom to use

  4. john

    June 23, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    what he did durin hs first dat made him to played a goaless draw with italy. This time, it is on hu can predict dat spain wil win the match with d use of 3 midfielders as wingers and striker. Playin 4-3-3 formation

  5. Wilson Achojaiye

    June 23, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Spain will beat France by two goals to one. Spain 2, France 1

  6. ahmed

    June 23, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Nasri bench loooooooool for ever. I hope.m vilaa will not impress bcoz we don`t want him to attract the eyes of barca or city

  7. Alounge

    June 23, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Spain’s coach is one of d worst coach i have seen but d game is tied but i prefer spain.3-1

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