France 1 Spain 1
At the end of this match, it was difficult to decide whose reputation is suffering more in this tournament: Spain, who are looking thoroughly ordinary when much more had been anticipated, or Mick Hucknall whose "We're In This Together" is sounding more dirge-like with every hearing.
On balance, you had to come down on the side of Spain, who have every chance of not making the quarter-finals, while it seems Hucknall is going to haunt us all the way to Wembley on 30 June. Being spared an extra 12 days of the Simply Red singer might be the only consolation Javier Clemente's team can cling to on Tuesday night.
Unbeaten for 18 matches, Spain, like Portugal, are proving to be a powder- puff team with some skill but little or no threat up front. Maybe it is the water in the Iberian Peninsula, but strikers seem non-existent. Robbie Fowler and Les Ferdinand would walk into either side. Stan Collymore, too.
The upshot of this soporific Group B match is that Spain have to beat Romania on Tuesday to have any chance of qualifying for the last eight. As they have barely had half a dozen shots on target in the tournament so far, and as their opponents are nursing a grievance after being eliminated in unjust circumstances and might feel like taking it out on the first team they come across, that is not a simple task.
Their problems would have been worse, however, if Jose Luis Caminero had not snatched an equaliser five minutes from the end when the Spanish supporters were already leaving Elland Road in sad resignation. Even the goal had an element of luck as the Atletico Madrid player's shot brushed a French defender, who deflected it just out of reach of Bernard Lama's dive.
It was a severely frustrating conclusion for the French, who had appeared to have ensured their place in the quarter-finals and now face the Bulgarians at St James' Park knowing a draw might not be enough. Then again, it is difficult to feel too much sympathy for a team whose inclination is to score a goal and then sit on it.
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