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Spain 2-0 France
Saturday, June 23
Laurent Koscielny played the full 90 minutes as France bowed out of Euro 2012 with a 2-0 quarter-final defeat to Spain in Donetsk on Saturday night.
The centre back featured for the first time this tournament in the absence of the suspended Philippe Mexes, but could do little to prevent Vicente del Bosque's reigning champions from securing their place in the final four.
Laurent impressed with a composed display in only his fourth appearance for Laurent Blanc's side and did little wrong against a Spain team with no obvious striker up front.
The Spanish were naturally comfortable in possession for large parts of the match and took the lead on 19 minutes when former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso headed home from Jordi Alba's teasing cross.
It took France until the second half to trouble the 2008 winners - but Iker Casillas remained largely untested, Yohan Cabaye's menacing free-kick aside.
Spain ultimately controlled the clash and ensured their semi-final tie against Portugal in the dying minutes when Alonso converted his second, this time from the penalty spot after Pedro was bundled over by Anthony Reveillere inside the box.23 Jun 2012