Final score: England 2-3 Spain

That is a horrible, horrible way for the game to end for England. They had seconds - fractions of seconds - to see out but couldn't keep Spain from applying pressure in the final third. That said, they put themselves in that position, and could only really have celebrated the 2-2 for having clawed it back. Spain were the team - having only played three matches this year - that were supposed not to see out the 90 minutes, but Adriana and Boquete looked fresh as daisies even at the end. Putellas gave Spain that added edge. At the other end England didn't create enough; a Yankey shot and that White chance was about the sum of it.

Hope Powell will, naturally, look to take the positives from this match, and England did actually benefit from losing their first match at Euro 2009, getting through without meeting Germany in the knockouts before the final. But this wasn't England at anything like their best.

Powell says England tired mentally towards the end. "We just didn't play today. We've got to win our next two games, they'll lift themselves, they know they have to do better next time."

"Much better to think about macaroons," offers Lou Roper. Aye. I'm off to do just that. Thanks for all your messages. See you Monday, for England v Russia.

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England 2-3 Spain

93 min: Well. What a goal to concede, to lose this match. It's credited to Putellas but really the cross skipped through Bardsley's hands, hit her on the head, and bounced into the goal.

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Jess Clarke on for Rachel Yankey, while Boquete recovers her breath.

91 min: I may have sprained something in celebrating reporting that goal. We've got three minutes of added time, beginning with Bardsley confidently claiming a cross despite heavy pressure from Boquete, who's winded.

England 2-2 Spain

89 min: England level immediately, again! From a corner - and they were desperate enough that Bardsley wanted to get forward - Asante nods the ball into the box and Bassett swipes a foot at it, sending the ball up and over the keeper.

88 min: Everyone catches their breath as play is held up for Paredes to receive treatment for a knock. England have a few minutes to salvage a point.

England 1-2 Spain

85 min: Bah, and there it is, that other goal! England really struggled to get the ball clear, hoofing it straight into a Spanish body, and Hermoso's just lashed the ball in with her left foot, over the heads of several England players back on the line.

85 min: There's a little bit of tiredness creeping in to England's game here and there - Yankey and Houghton guilty of making slightly shonky decisions on the ball as England creep forward. Wasn't it Spain who were supposed to tire?

83 min: Putellas is dangerous. Houghton tried to show her down the line but was forced to chase the young Spaniard back inside, where she was already shaping to shoot. Bardsley was glad to see it coming straight for her, but that's a warning.

82 min: Just wide from Ellen White! A lovely crossfield ball for Carney, pulling out to the right, and she swings in an instant, inch-perfect cross to White's feet. She's under pressure and has to hit it first time, though, and can't quite steer it on target.

10 minutes to go...

81 min: And it's still all square. If it finishes like this, France will have been the only team to record a victory in the first round of matches - that's how close this competition is. I fancy there's another goal in this, mind.

78 min: A deserved yellow for Bassett, that - she hauled down Putellas before she could break clear. The free kick is flat and skims the heads of several in the penalty box, tantalisingly close to contact, before going out for a goalkick. "Alright! Here comes the Chicago Red Stars great, Karen Carney!" woohoos JT in, well, Chicago. "Just the spark England needs."

76 min: Paredes is harshly booked, but in recompense England achieve nothing with the free kick. On. A. Knife. Edge.

75 min: Argh! Wha! I nearly choked on macaroon residue there - a simple ball back for Bardsley suddenly kicked up off the turf and bounced right over her head, and Vicky runs on to the loose ball a few yards from the empty net - but somehow, perhaps rushing, she hooks the ball onto the bar and England get it away.

74 min: Now Sonia is subbed off to make way for Alexia Putellas, who'll hope to replicate the impact that Sonia had in the first half.

72 min: Boquete leans back and loops a shot well over the goal - Stoney's presence at close quarters forced her to try and find the top corner, really. England send on Karen Carney (one of the pre-tournament injury concerns) in place of Eni Aluko for the final 20 minutes or so.

71 min: Boquete sashays through the England defence, drawing a lunging tackle from Jill Scott that - fortunately - barely brushes her ankles. The shot isn't powerful enough to trouble Bardsley, though.

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69 min: A cross from Williams has too much welly on it to find a teammate in the box, but England are probing here. It'd be nice to see White get on the ball - she's had to chase a few aerial balls and is rarely left alone by the defence.

67 min: Bassett clears up as Adriana wriggles past Houghton and tries to slide the ball across the England goal. This is a good open game at the moment. "Come on England!" shouts Rosa Anderson. "I've no insights to offer, I just wanted to say I'm really enjoying this." You and me both, Rosa.

66 min: Jill Scott shows off some fancy footwork trying to beat Paredes close to the byline, but flicks the resulting corner out for a goal kick.

63 min: England repel a few waves of Spanish attack before Losada hooks a shot high and wide from 25 yards out.

62 min: "Is there such a thing as macaroon that is too big?" asks Lou Roper. Not in the chocolate sense, but it was a little too pregnant with coconut. "More pertinently (recognizing that OBO-land allows much more leeway in this respect), what odds on England breaking through here?" I think they're no less in this than Spain - the Spaniards have put a few through balls wayward or hit them too heavily, just as England have done. Ooh, Calderon is subbed off, and Vicky Losada is coming on, which gives Spain a bit more oomph going forward. 

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58 min: White looks to feed Yankey again, but her cross loops straight to the keeper a few yards ahead of England's most capped player.

56 min: Again it's Spain with the ball for longer spells, but England are forcing them to do things a little more hurriedly than they'd like.

53 min: Yankey has a shot blocked by Torrejon! A nice move that, White staying onside to collect a forward ball and send it back across goal for Yankey to hit.

52 min: The game is all being played in the central third at the moment. The macaroon was lovely, since you ask. Perhaps a touch large.

49 min: So much for England's plans: with lots of bodies in the box Adriana still had plenty of time and space to wind up a shot from about 18 yards out. The ball fizzes between Bassett's ankles but wide of the England goal.

48 min: As Spain look for options from a throw in, you can hear the England players shouting to one another - "Tight! Tight!". They're obviously keen not to give Spain the same advantage they enjoyed an hour ago. Good job Bassett's wafted foot doesn't send the ball past Bardsley, then. Almost.

46 min: England kick off the second half, with questions being raised about Spain's fitness. England aren't hanging about to find out, though, and straight away look to get into the Spanish penalty area and make mischief.

Trevor Brooking reckons we've seen a really good first half - "probably as good a 45 minutes as we've had in the tournament so far" - and I'd go along with that. But then I'm obviously biased. And I'm an impartial observer.

Half-time

I'm off for a giant chocolate macaroon and a cup of tea.

45 min: Just on the half-time whistle, Aluko wanders over to the left back position to help Houghton deal with Adriana. Aluko has had her critics as an England striker - myself among them at times - but she really puts a lot of work in from wide positions. She must have covered miles against Japan in a pre-tournament friendly.

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43 min: So close for White! It looked like a Tirapu save but actually I think Garcia - maybe? - got her boot in the way as White span on to Houghton's pass and prodded it goalwards. England fail to capitalise on the first corner... and the second. An audible sigh of relief as Spain manage to wander offside breaking three on two.

41 min: "They also haven't won the Confederations Cup," says Kat Petersen, on the subject of Spain's global football dominance. "I hope I'm not your only correspondent tonight!" Let's hope, Kat. *violins start* Let's hope. Houghton sees off another Adriana run, before Boquete is about half an inch from turning Meseguer's cross closer to Bardsley's goal.

39 min: And, breathe. Boquete gets between Bassett and Stoney chasing a long ball, waits as Bassett stands her ground and then rolls the ball to Adriana. Her shot is hit hard but off target. That was close, though.

37 min: Which is deflected away from danger by the wall before both Scotts are hounded away from the area/

36 min: The first name in the referee's book is Calderon, who pulled a karate move on Yankey in order to stop her getting away down the left. CRUMP! Then Fara Williams is flattened by Garcia, giving England a free kick out on the right.

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35 min: BBC Three's commentary has jumped a little ahead of the pictures, which means I knew Sonia's pass was neither a shot nor a cross before it bobbled harmlessly into Bardsley's hands. England still without much sustained possession in a while. Sonia is buzzing all over the place keeping them busy.

33 min: A rare chance for Steph Houghton to venture forward, but her backheel-pass is too close to the defenders for Yankey to make anything of.

31 min: Adriana sends a free kick into the box, but Bardsley is unchallenged as she clutches the ball to her midriff. She's quickly looking for options in front of her, but England's attacks are being smothered before they reach anywhere too dangerous.

29 min: This is just threatening to become the game the Spanish were talking about: they've got the ball and they're not giving it up easily or for long. But England are applying pressure right from the front, which is keeping Bardsley out of the action. For now.

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26 min: Spain have had hold of the ball for a while now, but they're struggling for gaps in the England lines. A momentary foray for England - Aluko looks to break as Alex Scott pinches the ball and strides out, but she's quickly closed down.

23 min: Yankey whips a left-to-right cross towards Ellen White, peeling away from Garcia, but neither of them makes good contact with the ball, allowing the keeper to gather. This first quarter of the match has flown by.

21 min: England surge forward again, Alex Scott charging up the right touchline ahead of Aluko, again receiving the ball from Jill Scott. Her outside-of-the-boot dink rebounds off a defender, though, and it's Spain's turn to build - ruddy hell! Sonia's just stung Bardsley's palm with a rasping near-post effort.

19 min: Good grief: this is the only international title that a Spanish team hasn't won. That includes futsal and blind football. This has settled in to an even contest now, mind.

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16 min: Sonia drives forward down the right and shoots from distance. Bardsley watches it comfortable wide, but it's a reminder of how quickly England could find themselves on the back foot if they're not careful.

15 min: Oof, Torrejon's sliding interception stops another excellent Jill Scott pass from reaching Aluko, who's swapped sides with Yankey and pulled over the left.

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13 min: Fara Williams draws a fine save from Tirapu! Again it was Jill Scott who set up the chance with a square pass, and Williams checked back on to her right foot to lose the defender before arcing the ball towards the top righthand corner. Spain clear the resulting corner, though.

11 min: Both sides will feel that they scored relatively easily, which could make them a bit cagey but so far seems to have encouraged both to get forward as much as possible. Aluko's goal - just replayed - was lovely. She barely looked up before sending it past Tirapu.

England 1-1 Spain

8 min: Straight back into it! Relief for England, who've just scored with their first effort on goal. Asante started the move, nutmegging Sandra in central midfield, before Jill Scott laid the ball on for Aluko. She had a defender at her back but kept her cool to slot past the keeper from just inside the box.

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England 0-1 Spain

4 min: Spain in front through Boquete! Just as you wanted to say something cliched about how England just need to hold off for the first 10 minutes or so, Sonia slips the ball through to Boquete with a perfect, subtle little pass. She's pretty much one-on-one with Bardsley and picks her spot - the keeper gets her boot to it but can't keep it out of the bottom corner.

3 min: Adriana shoots just over the bar from 25 yards, with England struggling slightly to clear Sonia's corner.

1 min: Spain get the game going, kicking from left to right, as the last of the sun spreads itself over the far side of the pitch. Stoney has an early aerial duel with Boquete, and Adriana's cross forces Bassett to head clear. Spain on the offensive.

Talking of nerves - no, there's no time for a wee break. The captains have called the coin toss and the teams are arranging themselves for kick off.

Now for England, also linking arms, and singing loud and proud as the camera pans along the row. Hope Powell pulls her lips back over her teeth and rolls her shoulders as the final notes play, as if to say "Come on then."

First the Spanish national anthem. The team link arms and try not to look nervous as the camera is shoved up their nostrils.

Out come the teams, accompanied by a mascot each. The pitch looks okay, despite the fact that it's been relayed even since the stadium, which is new, was built, and no one was allowed to train on it after the storm earlier in the week. Let's see how it goes in the early stages of the game.

Eyes down

The teams are in the tunnel, we're nearly ready. A nice smoky Beeb montage to get us in the mood...

Michael Gray on Spain's possession game

"I'd like to see England get high up the field, press very quickly, not let them settle." It would be surprising to see England sit back and soak it up tonight.

Faye White on Boquete

"She's scored many times against us and she's improved since going out to Sweden; the game is so much more professional. She's the player they will look to. She links up very well with Sonia."

Hope Powell on Spain

"I think the group stage is and will be very challenging. We've played Spain a few times, technically they're very very good, they're very similar to the men in terms of how they play.

"We're expecting it to be difficult. We will have to perform if we want to win the game."

Pre-match chit-chat

"The Spain manager has been in charge since 1988 if Eurosport is to be believed," says Kat Petersen. "Is he the longest serving manager in football?" I don't know off the top of my head... he's the longest serving at this tournament, certainly - Hope Powell was still playing then. In fact, 10 of his squad weren't even born when he took charge of Spain.

Eejits

Some eejit at Newsround asked Hope Powell if her players could beat the England men's team, and she said: "Absolutely, why not?" Which is a bit like poking a bees' nest with a bit pointy stick. Or, like going up to a group of noisy idiots in a bar and saying "Louder, idiots, we want to really savour your stupidity."

Teams

England: Bardsley; A Scott, Bassett, Stoney, Houghton; J Scott, Asante; Aluko, Williams, Yankey; White.
Subs: Brown, Chamberlain, Bonner, Bronze, Carney, Nobbs, Moore, Smith, Clarke, Duggan, Susi.

Spain: Tirapu; Torrejon, Paredes, Garcia, Ibarra; Meseguer, Calderon; Sonia, Hermoso, Adriana; Boquete.
Subs: Gallardo, Pons, Landa, Melisa, Torrecilla, Dieguez, Borja, Sandra, Putellas, Vicky, Sempedro, Vazquez.

Välkommen

Well, after two days of draws, the tournament has its first win: France have just kicked off Group C with a comfortable 3-1 win over Russia. Which is not exactly surprising news, since France are favourites for the group and among the genuine contenders for the title. England and Spain now face one another knowing that the more points they can take from one another, the better. Which is probably what they were already thinking, really, come to think of it. Still, you know what I mean. As the Spanish midfielder Silvia Messeguer said this week: "We can do something against Russia and England."

England have the better record against Spain, who've qualified for this tournament for the first time since 1997, but the last time they met was in World Cup qualifying in 2010, and it was a slightly stressful 2-2 draw, if I remember rightly. Spain have been working on their game, too, and have players who've been successful in the age groups. Vero Boquete, Spain's top scorer in qualifying with 11 in 10 games, says her side will have more of the ball, and they're confident that the superior power of England won't count for much in the face of their neat possession football. They know "everything" about England, she says.

The England manager Hope Powell insists that she knows just as much about Spain, of course, and in last night's Match of the Day Sally Nugent suggested there were those in the England camp who wanted to remind the Spanish how lucky they are to be here at all. (Spain qualified with the last kick of their playoff against Scotland.) Powell welcomes her captain Casey Stoney back in to the centre of defence, in place of the injured Sophie Bradley to partner Laura Bassett. Though Arsenal's Kelly Smith is still injured she is on the bench with the rest of England's injury concerns; this is largely a familiar, settled England line-up, and Powell will prefer to see that as being to her advantage, not Ignacio Quereda's.

Georgina will be here from 7pm with all the build-up to England v Spain. In the meantime, here's what the England coach Hope Powell has said before the game.

Hope Powell believes England can win Euro 2013 but cited "dangerous" Spain as evidence of the most open tournament she has faced in 15 years as head coach.

England begin their campaign on Friday against the Spanish, whom they beat en route to qualifying for the 2009 European Championship and the 2011 World Cup, with Powell anticipating a tight contest against an improving side that the Chelsea striker Eniola Aluko compared in style to their all-conquering male counterparts. The head coach has resisted bold predictions in the build-up to Sweden but is confident England can profit from a tournament that has been dominated by Germany.

"We've got as good a chance as anybody of winning the tournament," said Powell. "But I'm not going to jump the gun. We have a tough group and we just have to get out of the group first. It's going to be a tough tournament. Who's going to win it? Of course we'd like England to win it but any one of the teams can.

"People might ask 'How can you say that?' after Sweden beat us 4-1 [in a friendly] but then Sweden drew 1-1 with Denmark in their opening game and I thought Denmark were the better team. France lost to Australia last week. It's a real compliment to women's football that this tournament isn't predictable. It's more open than ever before."