Goalscorer Loïc Rémy said it was good to be home as France picked up where they left off at the FIFA World Cup, defeating European champions Spain in Saint-Denis.
Match-winner Loïc Rémy said it was good to get back in front of France’s home supporters in Saint-Denis as the UEFA EURO 2016 hosts defeated holders Spain 1-0.
“The World Cup was a great experience, both in personal and in sporting terms,” said the man who came on as a second-half substitute and scored the spectacular only goal 18 minutes from time. “We’ve been eager to do well for our supporters and have been impatient to return.”
Coach Didier Deschamps was delighted that his side picked up where they left off after their strong showing at Brazil 2014, when they reached the quarter-finals. “Spain made us suffer towards the end but we made the effort,” he told French television. “This is a good result for our return. We can be more accurate but we’ve kept the same desire and the same enthusiasm as in Brazil.”
France continue their build-up to UEFA EURO 2016 finals in Serbia on Sunday, while Spain kick-off their qualifying campaign against the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia on Monday.