Lopetegui delight at France win

Spain manager Julen Lopetegui was delighted that his side managed to overcome “one of the best teams in the world” in their 2-0 defeat of France on Tuesday.

David Silva opened the scoring at the Stade de France from the penalty spot after 68 minutes, with Gerard Deulofeu adding a second with 77 minutes played.

It was also a night where the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) played a prominent role, as first a strike from Antoine Griezmann was ruled out for offside before Deulofeu's goal was given the all-clear by the new system.

In speaking about the decisions and his side's victory, Lopetegui said: "The VAR has not favoured us. It was the attitude of my players that won the game. I'm very happy."

He added: "France have a spectacular generation and they are one of the best teams in the world, without a doubt."

Lopetegui also heaped praise on Deulofeu, who won Spain's penalty, before netting late on.

"[Deulofeu] made a decisive entry into the game. We are very happy, he is a guy who can contribute a lot of things.

"He has to continue growing in the way he is, with the same mentality. Many games like this await him."