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October 12, 2012 8:00 PM BST
Stade de France — Paris
Referee:‬ W. Collum‎
Attendance:‬ 55000‎
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: France 0-1 Japan

Goal.com rates the players on show at the Stade de France, as les Bleus crashed to a shock 1-0 home defeat to Japan on Friday

By Mohammed Ali

  • Hugo Lloris
    18
    26
    2.50

    Hugo Lloris

    The Tottenham man had a pretty quiet evening, but when Japan stepped up the pace, he couldn't match them. Spilled a speculative shot from distance, and looked a little shaky late on.

  • Gael Clichy
    12
    29
    3.00

    Gael Clichy

    The Manchester City defender was decent throughout the match, finding the mix of attack and defence well. Linked up with Valbuena late on, but couldn't exactly make the left wing his own.

  • Laurent Koscielny
    43
    17
    3.00

    Laurent Koscielny

    Defensively solid up until the frantic last few minutes, it was his attacking from set-pieces which let him down. Headed wide two good chances in the first half, but otherwise, a good showing.

  • Mathieu Debuchy
    22
    14
    3.00

    Mathieu Debuchy

    The Lille man only featured for 45 minutes, but appeared solid, with his crosses causing more than a few problems for the Japanese rearguard. Subbed at half-time.

  • Mamadou Sakho
    28
    14
    3.00

    Mamadou Sakho

    The 22-year-old looked suspect on one or two occasions, but generally stepped up to limit Japan late on with two fine blocks. Couldn't deal with the last minute winner.

  • Etienne Capoue
    14
    17
    3.00

    Etienne Capoue

    The Toulouse midfielder was making only his third international appearance, and was a calm figure throughout, causing Hasebe to make mistakes on the ball, but couldn't link up with the attacking trio well.

  • Jérémy Menez
    25
    16
    3.00

    Jérémy Menez

    Arguably France's best player for almost an hour, with a range of trickery, dribbling, good passing and mixed with poor shooting, Caused Sakai and Konno to keep a close eye on him, but tailed off towards the end - a phase coupled with France's eventual downfall.

  • Moussa Sissoko
    14
    17
    2.50

    Moussa Sissoko

    The 23-year-old returned to the international scene, but on this occasion, but like Capoue, couldn't link defence with attack. Enjoyed a decent phase in the first half, but on the whole, needs to improve at this level.

  • Mathieu Valbuena
    13
    13
    2.50

    Mathieu Valbuena

    Came on for Karim Benzema after half-time, but generally couldn't stop France's downward spiral in the second half. His over-zealous passing would be easily cut out by Konno and Yoshida.

  • Karim Benzema
    37
    18
    2.50

    Karim Benzema

    Deployed on the left-wing by Deschamps, the Real Madrid striker couldn't test Kawashima on more than two occasions in the first half. Should've perhaps been given more time to show himself, but subbed after half-time.

  • Olivier Giroud
    39
    19
    3.00

    Olivier Giroud

    The Arsenal striker again showed good initiative and movement to get into the danger zone, but just like in the Premier League, the finishing looked a little off. Spurned a couple of glorious opportunities to break the deadlock.

Substitutions

  • Christophe Jallet
    6
    20
    2.50

    Christophe Jallet

    Brought on for Debuchy after the break, but couldn't match the attacking level set by the Lille man. Was caught out of position, with his crossing below-par.

  • Franck Ribéry
    28
    18
    2.50

    Franck Ribéry

    Only had 20 or so minutes to prove himself, but the Bayern Munich winger failed to impose himself on the match. Was no more than a passenger late on.

  • Maxime Gonalons
    10
    19

    Maxime Gonalons

    Like Ribery, only had 20 minutes on the field. Brought a good save by Kawashima, but nothing else of note.

  • Blaise Matuidi
    7
    15
    2.50

    Blaise Matuidi

    Deployed in a rather defensive-minded midfield, Matuidi was surprisingly attack-minded in the first half. Should've done better with the chances that came his way. Made way for Clement Chantome at half-time.

  • Bafetimbi Gomis
    13
    10

    Bafetimbi Gomis

    Only France player to put the ball into the net, but despite the offside flag, had a decent cameo.

  • Eiji Kawashima
    107
    4
    3.50

    Eiji Kawashima

    The Standard Liege goalkeeper was in inspirational form for the Japanese, keeping the French at bay in the first half, whilst producing two world-class stops late in the game, to instigate the counter-attack which saw Japan score.

  • Hiroki Sakai
    40
    13
    2.50

    Hiroki Sakai

    The 22 year old won his sixth cap in Saint-Denis, and recovered from a rather poor first half to shine in the second. Failed to stop the likes of Menez and Valbuena on his wing, but provided more of a threat attacking-wise.

  • Maya Yoshida
    60
    3
    3.00

    Maya Yoshida

    The Southampton centre-back did well to deny Olivier Giroud and ensured that Japan would keep a clean sheet against more illustrious opponents. However, could've done better with a sloppy first half performance.

  • Yuto Nagatomo
    101
    5
    3.00

    Yuto Nagatomo

    Another player who suffered in the first half, but stormed back to be a major impact in the second. Eerily quiet on the flanks early on as France dominated, but led the charge for the game-winning goal.

  • Yasuyuki Konno
    80
    2
    3.50

    Yasuyuki Konno

    The Gamba Osaka star was resolute throughout, intercepting key moves with last-ditch tackles, and provided confusion with the match winner. Superb 90 minutes for the 29-year-old, whose performance did not drop throughout.

  • Hiroshi Kiyotake
    32
    25
    2.00

    Hiroshi Kiyotake

    Kiyotake was desperately disappointing for Alberto Zaccheroni's men. Earmarked to be the creative force, the midfielder never really got going.

  • Kengo Nakamura
    36
    21
    3.00

    Kengo Nakamura

    A surprise call-up, given the attacking arsenal Zaccheroni had on the bench, but Nakamura was decent throughout, instigating what little attacking chances Japan had in a forgettable first half. Subbed after the hour.

  • Makoto Hasebe
    21
    66
    2.50

    Makoto Hasebe

    The captain was surprisingly poor, and failed to stem the attacking onslaught France provided in the first half. Booked for a cynical challenge on Menez.

  • Yasuhito Endō
    76
    6
    3.50

    Yasuhito Endō

    On the night which Endo equalled the record number for caps in Japanese history, he produced the performance which would match the milestone. Helped defensively on occasions too.

  • Mike Havenaar
    32
    61
    2.50

    Mike Havenaar

    The striker was all too isolated in the first half, and given the few chances Japan had up until the final few minutes, he would spurn both. Failed to seriously trouble Hugo Lloris.

  • Shinji Kagawa
    142
    10
    3.00

    Shinji Kagawa

    The Man Utd midfielder shrugged off a poor and unassuming first half, to be the star of the second. Used his pace to trouble the French defenders, and also notched the historic game-winning goal.

Substitutions

  • Hideto Takahashi
    44
    5

    Hideto Takahashi

    Replaced Havenaar with five minutes to go, and ensured he played a part in a historic win for the Asian champions, participating in the winner.

  • Takashi Inui
    76
    2

    Takashi Inui

    Came on for Nakamura midway through the second half, but apart from a few mazy runs in midfield, couldn't get the better of Jallet.

  • Hajime Hosogai
    57
    3
    2.50

    Hajime Hosogai

    Replaced Hasebe with 28 minutes left, but couldn't really assert his impact in midfield.

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