Spain to keep faith in style despite doubts

Having won three consecutive major international tournaments, Spain have become accustomed to winning, so failing to beat opponents as limited as Finland calls into question the methods that have worked so well in recent years.

updated: March 24, 2013 08:31 IST
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Paris: Spain may be the reigning European and world champions, but they will arrive in Paris for Tuesday's crucial World Cup qualifier against France with more than a few nagging doubts.

Friday's 1-1 draw with Group I's bottom side Finland, coupled with a 3-1 win for France against Georgia, left them two points adrift of Didier Deschamps' men in the section.

It may be a little soon to start panicking, but Spain can ill afford to lose at the Stade de France -- do so and they will be five points off top spot with just one automatic berth at next year's finals in Brazil up for grabs.

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