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Early exit - again
Raul comforts a tearful Cesc Fabregas after defeat against France
Late second-half goals from Patrick Vieira and Zinedine Zidane put France through to a World Cup quarter-final against Brazil with a victory over a battling Spanish side. Vieira's close-range header eight minutes from time broke the hearts of Spanish fans before Zidane capped a wonderful evening for Les Bleus by striking France's third deep into injury time. [+]

• Spain correspondent Cecilio Santiago Alcalde writes his fan's blog.
Insight and Opinion

Expecting the expected exit

Always fancied, always failing; Steve Wilson profiles Spain, a national team unable to replicate the success of its clubs.  [+]

Group H Tactics Board

Can Spain fail again on the world stage? Nick Bidwell thinks the presence of two minnows in Group H should see them through. [+]

More Spain News

June 30, 2006
Aragones signs two-year contract extension
Luis Aragones will continue as Spain coach until Euro 2008.
June 29, 2006
Phil Ball: Spain leave Germany as tragic heroes?
Phil Ball dissects the invigorating World Cup performance of a young Spanish side.
June 28, 2006
Crestfallen Raul wants to play on for Spain
Spain captain Raul was devastated following his team's exit from the World Cup in the second round after a 3-1 defeat to France.
Aragones to quit despite Spanish backing
The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) hope coach Luis Aragones will continue to lead Spain despite being knocked out of the World Cup finals 3-1 by France at the last 16 stage.
June 27, 2006
Torres hoping to put an end to Zizou's career
Spain striker Fernando Torres expects to win his showdown with Zinedine Zidane when his side take on France in the second round of the World Cup.
Spain paid price for inexperience - Aragones
Spain coach Luis Aragones pointed to inexperience in top level international competition as the key to his young side's downfall against former world champions France.
Ref made crucial mistake, says Spain's Puyol
Spain defender Carles Puyol said the free kick that led to France's second goal in their 3-1 World Cup win on Tuesday should have been given the other way.
June 26, 2006
Aragones opts for Raul, Fabregas v France
Spain captain Raul and young midfielder Cesc Fabregas will be in the team for the World Cup second round clash with France, coach Luis Aragones said on Monday.
June 25, 2006
Phil Ball: Tough road ahead for Spanish success
If Spain reach the World Cup final they will have done it the hard way, as Phil Ball explains.
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