Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas missed a penalty before Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud struck late to rescue as draw for France in an entertaining clash with Spain on Tuesday night.

The World Cup and European Championship holders took the lead midway through the first half when poor marking allowed Sergio Ramos a free header at goal, which hit the post, and more space to fire the resulting loose ball into the roof of the net.

It should have been two just 15 minutes later when Spain were awarded a penalty after a crude challenge from Laurent Koscielny on Barcelona winger Pedro.

However, Fabregas’ spot-kick was poor and Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris got two hands on the ball to palm away.

The Spurs man was in brilliant form as he made save after save to deny the home side a second goal and give Arsenal’s summer signing the chance to save the day.

France had a Jeremy Menez goal controversially disallowed for offside in the first half, but there was nothing wrong with Giroud’s in the 94th minutes.

The top scorer from Ligue 1 last season has struggled since joining Arsene Wenger’s side, but he broke his duck for the Gunners in their last game and salvaged a point for his country with a smart headed finish form a Franck Ribery cross.

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