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June 24, 2012 2:45 AM MYT
Donbass Arena — Donets'k
Referee:‬ N. Rizzoli‎
Attendance:‬ 47000‎
 
19′ Xabi Alonso
 
90+1′ (PG) Xabi Alonso
 
   
 
 

Euro 2012 Player Ratings: Spain 2-0 France

Alonso marks his 100th cap with a double to send reigning champions into the last four

By James Goldman in Donetsk

  • Iker Casillas
    300
    40
    2.50

    Iker Casillas

    Unoccupied for large swathes of the game but was alert when called upon, none more so than when he tipped Cabaye's threatening free-kick over the crossbar and when clinging on to Ribery's dangerous second half cut-back.

  • Piqué
    213
    109
    3.00

    Piqué

    Had very little to do and what he did was accomplished with the usual authority and finesse that sees him firmly established as Spain's premier centre-half

  • Sergio Ramos
    329
    52
    3.00

    Sergio Ramos

    Booked for a foul on his Real Madrid colleague Benzema but was otherwise virtually fault free. The biggest credit you can pay him is to say Spain have not appeared to miss the presence of ageing warhorse Carles Puyol at all.

  • Arbeloa
    189
    93
    3.00

    Arbeloa

    Not quite as adventurous as Alba on the other flank, but with Ribery paying scant regard to his defensive obligations, the Real Madrid defender enjoyed success down France's left flank, particularly in the first half.

  • Jordi Alba
    412
    53
    4.00

    Jordi Alba

    His overlapping runs have been a feature of Spain’s play so far in this tournament and it was from one such adventurous foray that he provided the perfect cross for Alonso’s opener.

  • Andrés Iniesta Luján
    263
    140
    3.50

    Andrés Iniesta Luján

    It was his eye of the needle pass that released Alba in the build-up to the opener and he was his usual busy self. Looks happier when he drops deep and links up with his club colleagues, rather than when he is stuck out on the flank.

  • Xavi
    262
    125
    3.00

    Xavi

    Despite France's attempts to crowd central areas, Barcelona's schemer supreme found space at will and passed the opposition to death.

  • Cesc Fàbregas
    216
    166
    3.00

    Cesc Fàbregas

    Selected ahead of Torres and although he showed some neat touches when dropping deep, a lack of pace and positional awareness told. He was caught needlessly offside on several occasions and appears unsuitable for the ‘false nine’ position.

  • Xabi Alonso
    903
    58
    4.50

    Xabi Alonso Top of the Match

    Capped his 100th international appearance with a rare, but supremely well-taken, headed goal and an emphatic late penalty. Laser-guided cross-field passes were a delight to behold. A supreme footballer playing at the peak of his powers.

  • Busquets
    270
    131
    3.50

    Busquets

    Performed the water-carrying role with his usual distinction, while a couple of clever changes of direction won the approval of the many neutral fans in the stadium

  • David Silva
    169
    109
    2.50

    David Silva

    Enjoyed success early on against Clichy but this was one of the Manchester City forward's quieter evenings.

Substitutions

  • Santi Cazorla
    116
    55

    Santi Cazorla

    Introduced with a little over five minutes remaining. Vicente del Bosque is lucky to be able to use such a talented player so sparingly.

  • Pedro
    260
    104
    2.50

    Pedro

    Neat and tidy but not as dynamic as his coach may have liked until he won a late penalty, converted by Alonso.

  • Fernando Torres
    103
    58
    2.50

    Fernando Torres

    With his side seemingly intent on keeping possession rather than searching for a second goal, the Chelsea striker was not given the opportunity to look as threatening as he has earlier in the tournament.

  • Hugo Lloris
    107
    40
    2.50

    Hugo Lloris

    Given no chance by Alonso's textbook downward header but his distribution was strangely erratic and his decision to consistently kick long was never likely to play into the hands of Ribery or Benzema.

  • Mathieu Debuchy
    44
    93
    1.50

    Mathieu Debuchy

    Was surprisingly deployed in a more advanced position but was assigned to curtail the impressive Alba. The plan worked for all of 19 minutes until his unfortunate slip let in the Valencia full-back.

  • Adil Rami
    50
    61
    2.50

    Adil Rami

    Like his defensive partner he looked comfortable enough but it is a feature of Spain's style that it is usually opposition central midfielders, rather than centre-halves, who face the supreme test.

  • Anthony Réveillère
    36
    168
    1.50

    Anthony Réveillère Flop of the Match

    A workmanlike performance from a workmanlike and honest player. His career to date suggested he would not offer much by way of an attacking threat and so it transpired. Conceded a late penalty with a clumsy tackle.

  • Laurent Koscielny
    207
    48
    2.50

    Laurent Koscielny

    Brought into the side as a result of Philippe Mexes's suspension and coped adequately enough with the threat of the roaming Fabregas and later on the more orthodox challenge of Torres.

  • Gael Clichy
    40
    114
    2.00

    Gael Clichy

    Could have conceded an early penalty for checking the progress of his former Arsenal team-mate Cesc Fabregas but was punished soon after for failing to mark Alonso. Found it tough going up against his Manchester City team-mate Silva.

  • Yohan Cabaye
    117
    43
    2.50

    Yohan Cabaye

    The most constructive of the France midfielders and tested Casillas with one superbly struck free-kick from distance, but with his side operating a safety first policy for much of the game he was unable to exert the sort of influence we have come to expect of such a polished midfielder.

  • Franck Ribéry
    145
    107
    2.50

    Franck Ribéry

    Hardly given room to breathe by Spanish defence, epitomised by the fact he had to ask for a replacement shirt shortly before the interval with his original one having virtually been torn in half.

  • Florent Malouda
    45
    163
    1.50

    Florent Malouda

    Wasteful in possession and easily bypassed and outmanoeuvred by Spain’s posse of bright, quick thinking tiki-taka experts.

  • Yann M'Vila
    77
    83
    2.50

    Yann M'Vila

    Looked sluggish and short of that extra yard of pace required to get to really get to grips with the likes of Xavi and Busquets. Grew in stature as the game progressed but was substituted late on with his side chasing an equaliser.

  • Karim Benzema
    114
    165
    2.00

    Karim Benzema

    It just was not to be his tournament. The way France set out their stall suggested it would be a tough evening for the Real Madrid striker and so it proved.

Substitutions

  • Samir Nasri
    56
    138
    2.00

    Samir Nasri

    Was introduced with 25 minutes remaining but struggled to adapt to the rhythm of the game.

  • Jérémy Menez
    40
    99
    1.50

    Jérémy Menez

    Was asked to provide the thrust France had lacked without him but was starved of possession and was booked for a crass and needless challenge.

  • Olivier Giroud
    98
    58

    Olivier Giroud

    Another of France's forward players not given enough time to make his mark on the game, or the tournament for that matter.

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