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Negredo: France match will be like a final

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Negredo: France match will be like a final

Spain forward Alvaro Negredo has stressed the importance of beating France ahead of Tuesday's crucial World Cup qualifier in Paris, labelling the fixture a "final".

La Roja trail the group I leaders by two points and Vicente Del Bosque's side goes into the game aware of the permutations involved.

Defeat could consign the European champions to needing to win a playoff before securing their place in next summer's tournament in Brazil, while victory would put them in pole position to qualify as group winners.

And Negredo is under no illusions as to the importance of the game.

"It's a real final, not only for us but for France too," Negredo told EFE.

"Spain will do whatever it takes to win the game. We have to fight to the death in France. We are obligated to win, just as we needed to win against Finland," he said.

"We have quality to win in any stadium in the world. This team have already shown what we are capable of."

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