Del Bosque accepts Spain took risks

BY foxsports • October 17, 2012

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque was left frustrated by his side's second-half display as they allowed France to snatch a 1-1 draw in Tuesday night's World Cup qualifier in Madrid.

Les Bleus bounced back from Friday's shock friendly defeat to Japan with a dramatic point thanks to late substitute Olivier Giroud's stoppage-time goal.

Spain had taken a first-half lead through defender Sergio Ramos but then saw Hugo Lloris save Cesc Fabregas' penalty to keep France in the game.

Del Bosque told Spanish sport daily AS: "We took too many risks with the 1-0 lead. They tightened up in the second half and we opened up too.

"We controlled the game well. We had the penalty and Pedro's chance, then the game opened up and went from end to end and that cost us."

Del Bosque was unwilling to dwell on Fabregas' miss, saying: "More than once I have said that I do not lose any time in establishing the order of penalty-takers.

"We have plenty of people to take them. They are all reliable but anyone can miss."

Georgia trail Group I's leading pair by just three points, with Belarus only a further point back after last night's win over the third-placed side. Both, though, have played a game more than France and Spain, who meet again in Paris in March.

Del Bosque said: "It looks like March will be important. We cannot rely on others' results. Any of Finland, Georgia and Belarus have the chance to reach the top two."

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone defended Juanfran Torres after his club's right back lost the ball that led to France's last-gasp equalizer.

Torres, making his competitive debut for the world and European champions, lost possession for Olivier Giroud to score on the game's final move.

Simeone said: "We talk about Juanfran's play but no one says anything about him saving the team five minutes before, when defending alone against three. These things happen, this is football.''

Torres was troubled by Franck Ribery after having replaced the injured Alvaro Arbeloa.

Associated Press material was used in this report.


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