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Chelsea FC at Euro 2012: A mixed bag of performances where Torres grabbed the Golden Boot

Chelsea FC at Euro 2012: A mixed bag of performances where Torres grabbed the Golden Boot

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Torres won the Golden Boot while others chipped in with decent performances except Malouda. Goal.com's Adwait Bhattacharya analyzes..


GOALKEEPERS


Petr Cech | CZECH REPUBLIC


Czech Republic

Goal.com Average Rating: (2.13)
Appearances: 4
 Goals Conceded: 6
 Saves: 9
 Errors leading to goal: 1
Petr Cech had a pretty helpless beginning to his Euro 2012 campaign as he saw his team go 4-1 down to the Russians. He could do nothing about the goals other than stare at the mistakes of his teammates and how they made them over and over again. He had a disastrous game against Greece where he fumbled the ball to gift the Greeks a goal.

We saw an improved Petr Cech against hosts, Poland with a firm clean sheet. He replicated that performance in the quarter finals keeping Portugal out for most of the game. He stopped Ronaldo for scoring on two occasions but eventually it was CR7 who scored past him.

Chelsea FC


DEFENDERS



John Terry | ENGLAND


England

Goal.com Average Rating: (2.88)
Appearances: 4
 Tackles: 8
 Clearances: 21
 Blocks: 7
Terry allowed his defensive partner Lescott to attack the ball, while he swept up behind protecting the goal against a French side that liked to keep the ball. The Chelsea skipper made a good block to lessen the damage of an Ibrahimovic strike after initially giving the ball away, and was his characteristic self in his commitment and energy for most part of the game against Sweden.

His magnificent clearance is still fresh in our minds. Not to forget the goal-line "clearance" against Ukraine as well! He put up a strong performance against Italy but England came up short that night losing on penalties. Terry should be very satisfied with his overall performance as he had looked the best in the defence for England.


Ashley Cole | ENGLAND


England

Goal.com Average Rating: (2.75)
Appearances: 4
 Tackles: 7
 Clearances: 14
 Blocks: 3
He started his European campaign with another perfect performance against France. The Three Lions' Mr. Dependable gave Sebastian Larsson little room in the England half, forcing the better balls to be delivered from deep in the game against Sweden.

He coped admirably with the threat of Yarmolenko in the last game but as is often the case, was unable to get forward in the manner we are accustomed to seeing when he plays for Chelsea.

Against Italy, he did much of the defensive work and all the hardwork was undone as England were knocked out in the quarterfinals on penalty shootout.

Chelsea FC


MIDFIELDERS



Juan Mata | SPAIN


Spain

Goal.com Average Rating: NA
Appearances: 0 (1)
Passes: 8
 Passing Accuracy: 87.5%
 Passing Accuracy opp. Half: 75.0%
Juan Mata was yet to feature for an already impressive Spanish side filled with superstars. Fighting for a place directly with David Silva, Chelsea's player of the year never got his chance until the finals.

And he made it count. Despite being on the pitch for only 3 minutes plus added time, he scored just a minute after coming on. Torres played the pass and he swiftly guided the ball into the empty net as Buffon was beaten.





Raul Meireles | PORTUGAL


Portugal

Goal.com Average Rating: (2.90)
Appearances: 5
 Passes: 169
 Passing Accuracy: 78.78%
Passing Accuracy opp. Half: 63.31%
The Champions League winner showed his talents in possession when the game stretched, and defended well in a 1-0 loss to Germany. In the next game against Denmark, he picked up a silly yellow card and gave another decent performance in midfield. Against Holland, he worked hard to pressurize the Dutch midfielders off the ball and kept his passing simple when in possession to set up counterattacks.

He got better as the tournament progressed and was impressive in the three-man midfield throughout and was brilliant against Czech Republic. His passing was much better against Spain and he did a splending job against likes of Xabi Alonso and Xavi.

 

Florent Malouda | FRANCE


France

Goal.com Average Rating: (1.83)
Appearances: 2 (1)
 Passes: 118
 Passing Accuracy: 86.96%
Passing Accuracy opp. Half: 75.1%
The former Lyon winger was largely anonymous in the match against England and appeared to lack the pace to worry defenders. After that slow and dreadful performance he lost his place in the starting line-up in the next 2 games. He came on for Ben Arfa in the 60th minute against Sweden but failed to make any impact.

Against Spain, he did get a start but was rather slow and sluggish while attacking and was eventually removed for Samir Nasri in the 65th minute. He did not make any real impact in the tournament.

Chelsea FC


FORWARDS



Fernando Torres | SPAIN


Spain

Goal.com Average Rating: (2.90)
Appearances: 2 (3)
 Goals: 3
 Total shots on target: 5
Total shots off target: 5
Fernando Torres could have easily won the game for Spain in the opening game against Italy but failed to capitalize a couple of one-on-one situations against Buffon. He looked a different player against Ireland, though. His movement was great all night and was rewarded with two fabulous goals. His lack of involvement saw him substituted in the 61st minute against Croatia.

He did play a cameo in the win against France. Against Portugal, Del Bosque didn't call for his services. In the final when he came off the bench, he scored his third of the tournament and assisted Mata for Spain's fourth.

His three goals (tied with 5 other players), equal on assists and goals with Mario Gomez, but less playing time compared to him, earned Torres the Golden Boot Award which surely would do a great deal to boost his confidence. He had a fantastic campaign even though he was used often as an impact-player.

 

 

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