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Blanc bemoans France failure - They were there for the taking, claims France coach
Posted Sunday, June 24, 2012 by Sky Sport

Blanc bemoans France failure - They were there for the taking, claims France coach
Laurent Blanc: Believes Spain were there for the taking but admits there was something missing from his France side

Laurent Blanc admits there was "something missing" from his France team after their 2-0 quarter-final defeat to Spain in Donetsk.

A first-half header from Xabi Alonso gave Spain the lead and they held it fairly comfortable before the same player added a second from the spot in injury time.

France struggled to create chances throughout but Vicente del Bosque's side were far from their fluent best.

And that's something Blanc believes his team deserve credit for even if he admits their performance did not warrant a place in the semi-finals.

"When you lose a game there's always something missing, I'm not sure if it's possession or technical ability," he said.

"The lads gave everything and it's very hard to play against Spain. We blocked their left flank, which is their strong point."


Blanc's only frustration was that France failed to ask the questions of the world and European champions that could have seen them pull off an upset.

"They were there for the taking," he added.

"We knew we would get some chances, and the only thing I regret is that they scored off their first good chance.

"If we had gone in level at 0-0 at half-time, then I think we would have had more room in the second half.

"The big teams have all showed up at this Euro, and they will be in the semi-finals. Unfortunately, France won't be."

    Rank Team W/D/L Pts

    Cities & Stadiums

    The Top 3 Teams of Previous Tournaments

    Year Winners Runner-up Third place
    2008SpainGermanyRussia / Turkey
    2004GreecePortugalNetherlands / Czech Republic
    2000FranceItalyNetherlands / Portugal
    1996GermanyCzech RepublicFrance / England
    1992DenmarkGermanyNetherlands / Sweden
    1988NetherlandsSoviet UnionItaly / West Germany
    1984FranceSpainDenmark / Portugal
    1980West GermanyBelgiumCzechoslovakia
    1976CzechoslovakiaWest GermanyNetherlands
    1972West GermanySoviet UnionBelgium
    1964SpainSoviet UnionHungary
    1960Soviet UnionYugoslaviaCzechoslovakia