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0 vs 1
Played
March 27, 2013 7:00 AM EST
Stade de France — Paris
Referee:‬ V. Kassai‎
Attendance:‬ 78329‎
 
 
Pedro 58′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: France 0-1 Spain

Goal.com was on hand to rate all of the players on show as la Roja claimed three important points at Stade de France

By Robin Bairner

  • Hugo Lloris
    2
    4
    2.50

    Hugo Lloris

    Lucky not to concede a first-half penalty when Pedro went down under a challenge from the Tottenham goalkeeper inside the box, though he would no doubt argue that the forward was tumbling before contact was made. Produced a wonderful save from Iniesta early in the second period and came close to producing a miracle save to deny Pedro.

  • Christophe Jallet
    3
    3
    2.50

    Christophe Jallet

    Although he created France’s best first-half chance with a terrific burst forward before creating an opportunity for Benzema, the PSG man struggled defensively and was the player that Spain most readily found space behind. It was he who was caught out when la Roja broke the deadlock.

  • Laurent Koscielny
    6
    2
    2.50

    Laurent Koscielny

    Replaced Mamadou Sakho in the centre of the France defence, and the Arsenal man was extremely busy throughout. Made countless clearances, although he was rarely forced into any of the last-ditch variety. His pace was vital for offering protection to Evra.

  • Patrice Evra
    1
    5
    2.00

    Patrice Evra

    Did not feature against Georgia on Friday for fear of a yellow card that would rule him out of this fixture. Prevented Pedro from getting to the by-line, yet one first-half slip might have been more emphatically punished by Villa. Late in the game he was terrorised by Jesus Navas.

  • Raphaël Varane
    5
    3
    3.00

    Raphaël Varane

    A big test for the Real Madrid centre-back against some of his club-mates, the youngster generally came through the test well. Showed good concentration and discipline but will rue a missed opportunity at the back post following a corner.

  • Blaise Matuidi
    2
    4
    3.00

    Blaise Matuidi

    Although the PSG man has had an excellent season to date, he struggled to be particularly involved in this game but held his position well in what was a dress rehearsal for a match against Barcelona in seven days. Not noted for his attacking play and missed les Bleus’ best opportunity to draw level.

  • Franck Ribéry
    7
    2
    3.00

    Franck Ribéry

    Has often failed to show his individual flair for his country in recent years, yet there was an encouraging purpose to his performance in this match. Missed a fine opportunity just before the break after being picked out by a Valbuena pass but was important to the French effort on the whole.

  • Mathieu Valbuena
    4
    2
    3.00

    Mathieu Valbuena

    The Marseille man has a Spanish father, but showed his determination for les Bleus to pick up the points with a spectacular overhead kick in the first minute. Another vibrant showing from France’s livewire, who played a magnificent pass to release Ribery at the end of the first period.

  • Paul Pogba
    5
    6
    2.50

    Paul Pogba

    Given a massive vote of confidence by Deschamps as he started just his second international. Showed good discipline on the whole, and one movement when he robbed Iniesta before beating two Spaniards and drawing a foul underlined his confidence. Displayed some fine long-range passing before being sent off for two quick yellow cards.

  • Yohan Cabaye
    3
    2
    3.00

    Yohan Cabaye

    Revealed his struggles with depression in the wake of Euro 2012 but failed to have a really telling impact in this clash. Shown a yellow card early in the second period for a foul on Busquets and was withdrawn with 20 minutes left.

  • Karim Benzema
    4
    16
    2.00

    Karim Benzema Flop of the Match

    Deschamps resisted the temptation to drop the Real Madrid striker, and there was rather more dynamism about his performance on this occasion compared to his flat display against Georgia. Shot high after being set up by Jallet with 15 minutes gone and then did likewise with a tough chance early in the second period.

Substitutions

  • Jérémy Menez
    5
    3
    2.50

    Jérémy Menez

    Given 20 minutes to change the course of the match, and gave his best.

  • Moussa Sissoko
    1
    5
    2.50

    Moussa Sissoko

    Added dynamism to the midfield towards the closing stages of the match.

  • Olivier Giroud
    4
    0
    2.00

    Olivier Giroud

    Came on right at the death.

  • Víctor Valdés
    22
    1
    3.50

    Víctor Valdés

    Did not have a great deal to do over the course of this game, but just before the interval the Barcelona goalkeeper made an excellent stop from Ribery. Looked assured when crosses came into the Spanish box.

  • Arbeloa
    6
    8
    3.00

    Arbeloa

    Struggled to match the pace of Ribery and therefore allowed the Bayern Munich man the opportunity to get in behind him, yet once Spain were on top he showed his experience. Measured his offensive play well.

  • Monreal
    15
    2
    4.00

    Monreal

    Got forward to good effect early on when his cutback should have been dispatched by Xavi and set up Pedro’s goal with a similar run, yet there were times he would leave his post exposed. Jallet once raided into the acres of space the Arsenal man was prone to leaving, which could have been costly.

  • Piqué
    12
    2
    3.00

    Piqué

    Covered across well when Monreal was beaten by Valbuena, showing terrific mobility in doing so. A strong performance from the Barcelona man, even though he allowed himself to get stuck under a diagonal ball from Valbuena that allowed Ribery to get clear.

  • Sergio Ramos
    8
    2
    3.00

    Sergio Ramos

    Matched up well against club-mate Benzema and showed a great deal of leadership at the back. A bullish performance in the centre of the back four.

  • Busquets
    14
    2
    4.00

    Busquets

    Allowed a couple of passes to squirt loose in the early stages of the match but thereafter took a firm grip of the centre of the park and did not let anything past him. Was the physical presence Spain needed to dictate the flow of the match and prevent France from getting a foothold.

  • Andrés Iniesta Luján
    13
    2
    3.50

    Andrés Iniesta Luján

    The catalyst to Xavi’s fifth-minute chance with an outstanding pass inside the full-back, this was his outstanding contribution in the opening period. Went close to finding the net early in the second period but was denied by Lloris after taking a fine first touch.

  • Xabi Alonso
    10
    3
    3.50

    Xabi Alonso

    Showed a willingness to dispense with Spain’s short passing game and opt for a more direct approach when the opportunity presented itself, and showed some excellent defensive work, too.

  • Xavi
    11
    2
    3.50

    Xavi

    Missed a glaring chance after five minutes when he scooped over the top from just six yards out, but then went on to dictate the match in his usual ebullient style. It was his vision that was key to the opening goal. Booked for protesting against the non-award of Pedro’s penalty.

  • David Villa
    6
    7
    2.50

    David Villa

    Pounced on an error from Evra to get a routine shot away on target, but this was the highlight of the first half for the Barcelona forward. Withdrawn after an hour having failed to make much of an impact.

  • Pedro
    13
    5
    4.00

    Pedro Top of the Match

    Spain’s top scorer in qualifying heading into this match, the Barcelona man opened the was once again decisive thanks to a well-timed run into the box. Was at the heart of controversy when he went down under a challenge from Lloris in the box and was not awarded a penalty.

Substitutions

  • Cesc Fàbregas
    5
    4
    3.00

    Cesc Fàbregas

    Booked during his brief appearance on the field.

  • Jesús Navas González
    12
    3
    3.00

    Jesús Navas González

    Showed plenty of trickery down the right during his half-hour cameo.

Results
Group A Matchday 6
Times In EST
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Robin van Persie Robin van Persie
Striker
Man. United
11 2
Edin Dzeko Edin Dzeko
Striker
Man City
10 0
Mesut Özil Mesut Özil
Midfielder
Arsenal
8 3
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Striker
PSG
8 1
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
8 0