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3 vs 0
Played
October 15, 2013 3:00 PM EDT
Stade de France — Paris
Referee:‬ M. Koukoulakis‎
Attendance:‬ 70156‎
 
 
76′ (OG) Joona Toivio
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: France 3-0 Finland

Franck Ribery had a say in all of his side's three goals, as Les Bleus were forced to settle for a playoff place en route to next year's World Cup in Brazil.

By Livio Caferoglu

  • Hugo Lloris
    1
    0
    3.00

    Hugo Lloris

    Had a comfortable match and was rarely tested throughout the 90 minutes.

  • Éric Abidal
    1
    0
    3.00

    Éric Abidal

    Formed a strong defensive partnership with Koscielny as he helped ensure Pukki and Co. did not prevail on the night.

  • Laurent Koscielny
    5
    0
    3.00

    Laurent Koscielny

    Along with the Monaco man, he defended well, winning a number of headers and going close from several set pieces.

  • Mathieu Debuchy
    1
    0
    3.50

    Mathieu Debuchy

    Burst down the right flank with venom on numerous occasions, while showing discipline to track back, despite picking up a yellow card in the process.

  • Patrice Evra
    1
    0
    3.50

    Patrice Evra

    Much like his fellow fullback Debuchy, he made a series of adventurous runs down the left flank, sending crosses into the box, and forced opponent Arkivuo into submission.

  • Blaise Matuidi
    1
    0
    3.00

    Blaise Matuidi

    Broke up play well during his stay on the pitch but failed to add much going forward. Replaced by the more ball-playing Cabaye.

  • Franck Ribéry
    6
    0
    4.00

    Franck Ribéry Top of the Match

    He may have drifted in and out of the contest at times, but nonetheless he put France on their way with a stunning opener before supplying the crosses for his side's other two strikes.

  • Mathieu Valbuena
    1
    0
    2.50

    Mathieu Valbuena

    Showed glimpses of his ability with the ball at his feet but fluffed a succession of set pieces and should've registered a goal on the scoresheet.

  • Paul Pogba
    2
    0
    3.00

    Paul Pogba

    A powerful display from the Juventus man who burst forward at will and tested Maenpaa on a few occasions but lacked a refinement in his play.

  • Samir Nasri
    2
    1
    3.00

    Samir Nasri

    The Manchester City man contributed to his side's initial dominance with his vision to find teammates, but his impact fizzled out in the second half.

  • Olivier Giroud
    5
    0
    3.00

    Olivier Giroud

    Provided a useful outlet with his physicality and aerial prowess to hold the ball up and trouble Finland's defenders, although he should have found the back of the net at least once.

Substitutions

  • Yohan Cabaye
    1
    0
    2.50

    Yohan Cabaye

    Late cameo from the Newcastle midfielder, who slotted seamlessly into France's midfield late on.

  • Karim Benzema
    3
    1
    3.00

    Karim Benzema

    Marked his return to form in front of goal with another instinctive finish.

  • Loïc Remy
    1
    0
    2.50

    Loïc Remy

    The Newcastle attacker crashed the woodwork during his short time on the pitch.

  • Niki Maenpaa
    0
    0
    2.50

    Niki Maenpaa

    The goalkeeper couldn't do anything about the three goals scored against him, but made a few other important stops.

  • Kari Arkivou
    0
    0
    2.00

    Kari Arkivou

    Had a tough evening stationed in his own half, as his attacking tendencies were shut down due to his constant patrolling of Evra and Ribery.

  • Petri Pasanen
    0
    0
    2.00

    Petri Pasanen Flop of the Match

    Struggled to compete in the aerial battle with Giroud and did not cover himself in glory with his positioning.

  • Veli Lampi
    0
    0
    2.50

    Veli Lampi

    Marginally better than Arkivou as he did his best to support Finnish attacks, but nonetheless allowed Debuchy to get the better of him at times.

  • Alexander Ring
    0
    0
    2.50

    Alexander Ring

    Arguably the best Finland player on the night, the Kaiserslautern star was dangerous on occasions as he did well to pick out teammates with his impressive range of passing.

  • Kasper Hamalainen
    0
    0
    2.00

    Kasper Hamalainen

    To his credit, the Lech Poznan ace tried his best to contribute as he saw the ball as much as he could, but ultimately his end product was lacking.

  • Markus Halsti
    0
    0
    2.50

    Markus Halsti

    Although his defense were breached on three occasions, the Malmo anchor was solid at the back and made the odd intervention.

  • Perparim Hetemaj
    0
    0
    2.00

    Perparim Hetemaj

    The Bologna man was very quiet for much of the evening and offered virtually no attacking threat. Outclassed by his French peers.

  • Roman Eremenko
    0
    0
    2.50

    Roman Eremenko

    Looked promising in the early stages with his direct running and long shots but eventually ran out of ideas, along with the rest of his team.

  • Teemu Tainio
    0
    0
    2.00

    Teemu Tainio

    The veteran midfielder's advancing years look to be catching up with him as he was overrun on more than one occasion by France's powerful midfield.

  • Teemu Pukki
    0
    0
    2.00

    Teemu Pukki

    Isolated for much of the first half as a lone striker. Peeled out wide in an attempt to offer Finland more options in attack, but he was well-marshaled by the French resistance.

Substitutions

  • Joona Toivio
    0
    0
    2.00

    Joona Toivio

    Only had an own goal to show for his efforts.

Results
Group A Matchday 11
Times In EDT
 
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