Spain pegged back by Arsenal striker Giroud

Spain were pegged back by Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud as they drew with France 1-1 in last night's World Cup qualifier.

Spain were pegged back by Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud as they drew with France 1-1 in last night's World Cup qualifier.

Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos had fired home after his initial effort had come off the post in the 26th minute to give Spain the lead but they were left to rue Cesc Fabregas' missed penalty just before half-time as the visitors took control of the game after the break.

Karim Benzema and Moussa Sissoko looked to have squandered France's best chances to claim a point as they missed clear openings late on but with the last attack of the game Franck Ribery crossed for Giroud to head low into the far corner.

The draw means that both sides remain locked together at the top of Group I with seven points from three games.

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