France/Spain - France batten down hatches against Spain

Laurent Blanc gave his side a defensive overhaul for their quarter-final against world and European champions Spain in Donetsk on Saturday.

The France coach elected to deploy a conservative 4-3-3 formation, with right-backs Anthony Reveillere and Mathieu Debuchy doubling up on the right flank to nullify the twin threat posed by Andres Iniesta and Jordi Alba.

Florent Malouda also returned to the side in place of Alou Diarra, with Karim Benzema set to play as a lone striker against several of his Real Madrid team-mates.

Supporting Benzema are Franck Ribery and Florent Malouda, with Samir Nasri starting the game on the bench.

French defender Anthony Reveillere controls the ball during the friendly football match France vs Serbia on May 31, 2012, at the Auguste Delaune stadium in Reims. France won 2-0. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE

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