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September 6, 2013 7:15 PM BST
Boris Paichadzis Erovnuli Stadioni — Tbilisi
Referee:‬ F. Aydinus‎
Attendance:‬ 26360‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Georgia 0-0 France

Goal runs the rule over the players on show in Tbilisi as les Bleus look consigned to a place in the play-offs after being held by a spirited home side

By Mohammed Ali

  • Giorgi Loria
    64
    0
    4.00

    Giorgi Loria Top of the Match

    Superb performance from the Georgia goalkeeper, who was solid in goal. Denied Sagna and Giroud with two fantastic saves late on to cap an enjoyable night.

  • Alexander Amisulashvili
    31
    1
    3.00

    Alexander Amisulashvili

    Like Grigalava, was somewhat jittery at the back, but largely kept a clean sheet thanks to the goalkeeping heroics of Loria as well as France’s rather paltry attack.

  • Akaki Khubutia
    30
    1
    3.00

    Akaki Khubutia

    The Georgian midfielder struggled initially as he lost territory to the likes of Sissoko, but grew into his performance as the game grew on, eventually playing a major role at the end.

  • Gia Grigalava
    29
    1
    2.00

    Gia Grigalava

    Decent performance from the defender, who was hesitant and erratic in his play, hoofing the ball away on many occasions.

  • Guram Kashia
    29
    2
    2.50

    Guram Kashia

    One of the better defenders for Georgia this evening. Although losing out aerially, he managed to produce a number of good blocks and tackles to deny the visitors.

  • Ucha Lobjanidze
    30
    1
    2.50

    Ucha Lobjanidze

    The full-back was a real threat on the flanks, and gave France a headache. Managed to marshal the likes of Valbuena and Sagna well.

  • Aleksandre Kobakhidze
    30
    1
    3.00

    Aleksandre Kobakhidze

    Scorer the last time these two nations met in Paris in March, the Dnipro midfielder fared well on the flanks, combining well with Ananidze and Okriashvili.

  • Zhano Ananidze
    43
    1
    3.50

    Zhano Ananidze

    The young midfielder, on loan at Rostov, enjoyed a superb encounter. Linked up delightfully with Okriashvili, and his burst of pace and ability to play around the midfield saw him stand out in what was a very good outing.

  • Jaba Kankava
    49
    1
    3.00

    Jaba Kankava

    The Georgia captain performed well in the middle of the park, attempting to thwart France’s advances. Better after the break, he memorably saw a stinging volley narrowly wide.

  • Tornike Okriashvili
    45
    0
    3.50

    Tornike Okriashvili

    The creative midfielder posed more than a few problems for France, particularly in the second half. Highlighted some quality, but not too efficient on the ball.

  • Nikoloz Gelashvili
    28
    0
    3.00

    Nikoloz Gelashvili

    Failed to initially see much of the ball in a quiet first half, but rallied in the second. Saw an effort denied by Lloris at a time when Georgia were on top.

Substitutions

  • David Targamadze
    29
    0

    David Targamadze

    The midfielder came on for the superb Ananidze with 20 minutes to go, and showed glimpses of quality on the counter.

  • Elguja Grigalashvili
    23
    1

    Elguja Grigalashvili

    Helped the Georgian defensive after coming on midway through the second half. Solid at the back.

  • Vladimir Dvalishvili
    20
    1

    Vladimir Dvalishvili

    Came on for Gelashvili with 11 minutes to go for a brief cameo.

  • Hugo Lloris
    15
    18
    3.00

    Hugo Lloris

    The Tottenham goalkeeper was generally not troubled for large periods, but spilling a teasing effort before being saved by the woodwork.

  • Bacary Sagna
    19
    16
    2.50

    Bacary Sagna

    The full-back was challenged continuously out on the flank, but struck up a good partnership with Valbuena, though they failed to create a goal.

  • Éric Abidal
    14
    16
    3.00

    Éric Abidal

    The better of the French defenders on his continued resurgence in the national team. Produced a couple of fine tackles to deny Ananidze and Gelashvili.

  • Laurent Koscielny
    12
    20
    2.50

    Laurent Koscielny

    The Arsenal defender was decent at the back alongside Abidal, but was poor in the air, especially when attacking from set-pieces. Saw a great chance wide late on.

  • Patrice Evra
    8
    27
    2.50

    Patrice Evra

    Not the best game from the Manchester United left-back, but generally comfortable at the back. After a poor start recovered to make an otherwise-brief impact in attack.

  • Franck Ribéry
    29
    12
    3.50

    Franck Ribéry

    The winger, recently named Uefa’s Best Player, was hoping to replicate his Bayern form for France – and it worked to some extent. Showed brilliant movement and authority on the flanks but was let down by team-mates not on the same wavelength, as well as a resolute Georgian midfield.

  • Guilavogui
    7
    20
    3.00

    Guilavogui

    The young midfielder, who sealed a move to Atletico on Monday, was also in good form for France, especially when vying for a starting position with Paul Pogba. Showed great strength to muscle his opponents off the ball on many occasions.

  • Moussa Sissoko
    16
    13
    3.50

    Moussa Sissoko

    The Newcastle midfielder starred in the middle of the field, perhaps the only impressive point for France this evening. Was a real presence in the air, as well as comfortable in possession.

  • Mathieu Valbuena
    13
    14
    2.50

    Mathieu Valbuena

    France’s best player of the 2012-13 season, but the Marseille midfielder failed to replicate that form. Bright initially, and created a few chances, but didn’t play with conviction. Struggled with Georgia’s compact defence.

  • Karim Benzema
    18
    42
    2.00

    Karim Benzema Flop of the Match

    Another torrid performance from the Real Madrid man, who broke through the 20 hour barrier since his last international goal. One good chance, and a couple of decent link-ups with Ribery, but never really threatened.

  • Olivier Giroud
    23
    24
    2.00

    Olivier Giroud

    Handed a start to solve France’s poor goalscoring form, but even that failed. Missed a host of chances, particularly a late diving header. Stark contrast to his in-form self at Arsenal.

Substitutions

  • Samir Nasri
    12
    21
    3.00

    Samir Nasri

    Came on as an answer for France’s attacking profligacy, but couldn’t make a sustained impact

  • André Pierre Gignac
    7
    21
    2.00

    André Pierre Gignac

    The Marseille striker made a first appearance for the national team since the ill-fated Knysna episode at the World Cup, but was out of his depth after replacing Benzema.

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