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Benzema: Spain struggled in attack

SoccerNews in European Championships 24 Jun 2012

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Karim Benzema admitted his France side could do little to stop Spain’s dominance in their 2-0 quarter-final loss at Euro 2012.

The striker spent an isolated evening in attack at the Donbass Arena as his team could only manage one shot on target.

Laurent Blanc’s men succumbed to Spain’s possession and high-pressing football and Benzema said his side failed to cope, although he pointed out that their opponents were equally restricted in front of goal.

“If you look at the whole game, Spain had one chance, one penalty and that’s about it,” Benzema told RMC. “There are always regrets after a game.

“Every team that plays against Spain does not see the ball. You have to stay at the back and wait for a counter-attack. That is their style and it is the way it is, very tough. Besides, they pressure you a lot.”

Despite the exit, Benzema acknowledged France had enjoyed a fruitful tournament following group-stage eliminations at Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup.

“This team have a future. We bow out of the tournament with our heads up, knowing we can only be proud of what we did. We reached the quarter-finals, it is nice,” he said.

His team-mate Yohan Cabaye also believes France are on the right path after recovering from the debacle of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

“We must not overhaul the entire squad, but just keep working together,” he told L’Equipe. “We have built something.”

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