Raymond Domenech has defended his France side after they slumped to another disappointing result last night, losing 2-0 at home to Spain.

First-half goals from David Villa and Sergio Ramos settled the match in Paris as Spain secured their 42nd win in the last 45 matches. The result puts more pressure on the unpopular Domenech, but up against such strong opponents, the coach claimed there was no shame in defeat.

"I can see that Spain is a real favourite to win the World Cup," he said in L'Equipe. "It's obvious. We know the quality of their game and their players and they showed that. On our side, there were some good sequences in what we wanted to do, but there was some less good moments, and some poor passes in attack. But it took two goals from errors."

Domenech believes the match will prove to be of long-term value to his team as they prepare for the FIFA World Cup™. "The game was decided on errors," he added. "I don't see this to be as catastrophic as you do. There was a great team in front of us. At many times we were too imprecise, because they made us play, but there were lots of interesting things as we look forward to (the World Cup)."