International Friendlies

France 0-2 Spain

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.

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



Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 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


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


Formation 4-3-3

  • 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


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

Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, France 0, Spain 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, France 0, Spain 2.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Olivier Giroud (France).

  5. Post update

    Foul by Gerard Deulofeu (Spain).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Ander Herrera (Spain).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

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

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Spain. Nacho replaces Jordi Alba.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Layvin Kurzawa (France).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Spain. Iago Aspas replaces Álvaro Morata.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Thiago Alcántara (Spain).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

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


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