Captain for the evening, the Lyon goalkeeper had a quiet outing but was not at his assured best. Needlessly conceded a corner in the first half, and from that set-play he was lucky not to concede. Not a disastrous showing, but he can do better.
On his international debut, Laurent Blanc could be very happy with the contribution of the Lille man, who showed the confidence in getting forward he does on a weekly basis for his club. Posed Albania a huge headache with his attacking intent.
Looked a little vulnerable down the left hand side of the flank, allowing Hyka to blast by him in the opening minute. It was by no means a nightmare showing by the Manchester United man, but he was well shown up by the more dynamic Debuchy on the opposite flank. Withdrawn at half-time, hinting at an injury problem.
Steady in the center of defense, the Tottenham man was happy to let Rami do much of the pressing and he simply mopped up the few scraps. Didn’t play in a heroic fashion, but that wasn’t required.
Went close with a header in the first half, which rather summed up his performance. Was a dominant figure in the air throughout, carrying his impressive club form into this match in a very encouraging fashion.
Was rewarded for his strong start with a goal early in the game, but he would fade from the scene thereafter. His injection of pace in the opening stages was, nevertheless, and important platform.
Included in the team after a superb start to the season at Newcastle and the central midfielder looked every inch a Premier League standard player. Was a more offensive presence than fellow sitting midfielder M’Vila, showing a willingness to shoot from range. Picked up an injury and had to be withdrawn.
Positioned nominally on the right hand side of the midfield, the Manchester City man drifted inside regularly, which posed problems the Albanians couldn’t cope with. Showed superb balance and poise to create the goal for Remy, and some of his other touches were sheer class.
Made a misplaced pass in the first minute but otherwise didn’t put a foot wrong in the destructive role in the heart of the field. Stopped countless Albanian attacks with smart interceptions or positive challenges.
Has been out of favor in the French set-up in recent times but came in to make a decent return. Linked cleverly and intelligently with the midfielders, but when he was required to finished a chance, he was profligate.
An outstanding performance from the Marseille forward, whose level this season has rarely dipped below the excellent. Ran the channels brilliantly, showing great pace and willingness. Capped his performance with a fine goal from a tight angle.
Helpless as the first French goal was deflected past him by his own defender, but should have blocked Remy’s second, which was scored from a tight angle. The third was almost a complete replica. Didn’t communicate with his defense well and wasn’t nearly commanding enough.
Struggled to get to grips with Remy, who was fouled several times by the center-back. At least gave a determined account of himself throughout this encounter, though he will sit out Tuesday’s match against Romania after picking up a booking with a foul on the Marseille striker.
Bullied out of the way as Remy marched down his flank to open the scoring in the early stages of the match, and never looked comfortable when faced with the searing pace of the Marseille man. He was tormented all evening.
It was Dalku’s leg that the ball flew into the net off as France opened the scoring, though that was hardly his fault. Found the going tough against Malouda, nevertheless. Improved after the break, making two vital challenges on Gomis in quick succession.
In possession of a French passport, the former PSG and Marseille player was his typically rugged self in the heart of the Albanian defense. Struggled to match the physicality of Gomis and was caught out of position on a number of occasions, showing a certain naivety in this role.
Showed moments of promise from his position on the right, cutting in dangerously from his flank on several occasions. His final ball was often lacking, though, so the French defense weren’t as stretched by his play as they might have been.
Showed plenty of willingness to get involved in the physical side of the game and was really lucky not to be booked after a thumping challenge on Nasri. Had a couple of efforts at goal from his position on the left side of the midfield.
Offered perhaps the most notable attacking threat for the visiting side. An early burst caused the hosts problems in the opening seconds, and a fierce shot from range would have stretched Lloris had it
Offered very little in the midfield, playing in the center as opposed to his preferred role on the left hand side of the park. Did have one well-struck effort at goal.
Delivered a number of dangerous corner kicks and put in a handful of fine challenges, but found himself outclassed in the center of the field, forced to chase the ball for much of the game. Booked for a clear handball.
A ghostly figure in this encounter. He was simply a passenger for the Albanians, and though the French threat wasn’t so great down his flank, they still managed to produce a goal from down that channel.
- S. Mandanda
- L. Koscielny
Brought on for Evra at half-time and was forced to play in an unfavored left-back role. Scored an extremely rare goal and offered more both in attack and in defense that the starter.
- A. Diarra
Played virtually all of the second half after coming on for the injured Cabaye. Showed his class on the ball, playing with great swagger and setting up a goal for Reveillere with a classy feed.
- J. Ménez
Only given the last 10 or so minutes.