Sergio Busquets knocked unconscious by Antoine Griezmann shot

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Spain midfielder Sergio Busquets probably woke up with a sore head this morning after being knocked unconscious by a screaming half-volley from Antoine Griezmann during last night's international friendly against France in Paris.

The 26-year-old was substituted at half-time of the 1-0 defeat at Stade de France after the Frenchman's lashed effort from the edge of the box clattered his opponent on the side of the head.

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Busquets was laid out cold in the penalty area after blocking Griezmann's goal-bound shot, but managed to soldier on until the break after getting some treatment from medics on the pitch, before eventually being replaced by Ander Iturraspe.

The France forward was also replaced on the hour mark by eventual match-winner Loic Remy, whose 73rd minute strike proved to be the difference between the two teams, handing Didier Deschamps's side victory.

It was hardly the type of result that La Roja boss Vicente del Bosque would've been hoping for in his country's first game since their failed World Cup campaign in Brazil.

Spain have now lost three of their last four matches and lacked any real creativity against a hard-working France team, giving Del Bosque plenty of food for thought ahead of their upcoming Euro 2016 qualifier against Macedonia on Monday.

Vicente del Bosque quotes:

"It's true we didn't create a clear chance, but we got ourselves into some dangerous positions," the manager reflected after the game. "It's a regeneration process, and that is what we're aspiring to.

"You can't always look back in football, and I was pleased with the attitude of the players."

New era

Key performers like Xavi Hernandez, David Villa and Xabi Alonso have since retired from international football following Spain's World Cup humiliation after exiting at the group stages.

And, based on this evidence it looks like Del Bosque has a difficult task of reinstalling confidence in his team as his players continue to struggle to perform together after a decade of unprecedented success.

However, whatever headache the 63-year-old coach is given as he attempts to transform Spain's fortunes, you can guarantee that it won't be quite as bad as Sergio Busquets!

Watch footage of the Barcelona star being struck in the face by the ferocious volley in the video above, and feel free to share any other football funnies in the comment box provided…

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