Spain 2-0 France

Nasri loses cool after France defeat

French midfielder turns on media following quarter-final exit

ESPN staff

France's Samir Nasri shakes hands with coach Laurent Blanc at the end of the game© PA Photos

France midfielder Samir Nasri reacted to his side's 2-0 defeat to Spain in the quarter-finals of Euro 2012 by reportedly telling journalists in the mixed zone to "go f*** yourself".

Nasri was involved in a heated training ground confrontation with team-mate Alou Diarra ahead of Saturday's crucial clash at the Donbass Arena and, despite being one of France's most influential attacking players, started the match on the bench.

The Manchester City midfielder, who eventually replaced Florent Malouda after 65 minutes as France chased the game, was asked to comment on the defeat after the match by a section French media. Nasri responded by saying: "You're always looking for stories." Before returning to say "go f*** yourself".

France set-up defensively against the defending European champions and struggled to get back into the game once Xabi Alonso scored the opening goal after 20 minutes. Alonso added a second from the penalty spot in the dying minutes to cap a frustrating evening for the French.

Les Bleus coach Laurent Blanc felt his side would have had a chance if they could have kept Spain out until half-time.

"We had planned some things tonight and we have shown great solidarity. What I regret is that they scored on their first real opportunity," Blanc told TF1.

"The first (attempt) was good, unfortunately for us. I think if we end the first half at 0-0, what was planned, it would have allowed our team to have a bit more morale for the second period. I think the boys gave their all. Against Spain, it's hard."

France captain Hugo Lloris added: "There is nothing to be ashamed of. Spain is the best team now, I think. We must build on this performance in the Euro going towards the World Cup in Brazil."


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