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1 vs 2
Played
November 14, 2012 7:50 PM GMT
Stadio Ennio Tardini — Parma
Referee:‬ Alberto Undiano‎
Attendance:‬ 20000‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Italy 1-2 France

Goal.com rates the players on show as Mathieu Valbuena stars to help inspire Les Bleus to come from behind to defeat Cesare Prandelli's men in Parma

By Tom Webber

  • Salvatore Sirigu
    47
    10
    3.50

    Salvatore Sirigu

    Was largely untested in the first half until Valbuena bent a beautiful effort past him and into the top corner. He controlled his area well and made a brilliant save from Menez in the closing stages to keep the difference at one goal.

  • Andrea Barzagli
    36
    22
    3.00

    Andrea Barzagli

    The centre-back looked vulnerable when France countered with pace and he showed no resistance as Valbuena cut inside him to score the equaliser. He was replaced by Bonucci at half time.

  • Federico Balzaretti
    20
    28
    2.50

    Federico Balzaretti

    It was a very adventurous performance from the full-back as he marauded up and down the left flank. He got into some decent crossing positions but unfortunately his delivery let him down more often than not.

  • Giorgio Chiellini
    29
    33
    2.50

    Giorgio Chiellini

    The Juventus centre-back was not at his best as he lacked awareness on both the French goals. He failed to close down Valbuena for the first and was unaware of Gomis' presence on the winner.

  • Antonio Candreva
    17
    30
    2.50

    Antonio Candreva

    Hugged the right wing and was always available for the pass. Yet he regularly lacked conviction and failed to create a clear-cut chance for his side. A wayward shot that never looked like testing Lloris was probably his highlight.

  • Christian Maggio
    44
    15
    3.50

    Christian Maggio

    Got forward as much as possible and linked up well with Antonio Candreva. He proved his stamina by getting back just as fast in order to stop Ribery from exploiting any excess space. His delivery could perhaps have been better.

  • Claudio Marchisio
    31
    52
    2.00

    Claudio Marchisio Flop of the Match

    The midfielder did not get much opportunity to get forward and was pulled into a hotly contested midfield. He failed to really get going and was withdrawn in the 50th minute.

  • Marco Verratti
    118
    9
    3.50

    Marco Verratti

    Displayed glimpses of why he has been likened to midfield maestro Andrea Pirlo with a number of superbly precise passes. He looked suitably comfortable on the international stage and looks to have the makings of an awesome player.

  • Riccardo Montolivo
    115
    6
    3.50

    Riccardo Montolivo

    Showed some very bright touches and a number of quality passes. Got himself an assist with an excellent pass up to El Shaarawy and was key to the threat his side posed in the opposing half.

  • Mario Balotelli
    119
    23
    3.50

    Mario Balotelli

    Rattled the bar in the 10th minute but did not come as close to beating Lloris for the rest of the game. However, his movement was good as he frequently got into promising positions, drifting across the defence and playing on the last man.

  • Stephan El Shaarawy
    182
    9
    4.00

    Stephan El Shaarawy

    Kept Valbuena busy for the whole of the first half, stopping him from attacking completely. He moved into a more central position when his side were in possession and his movement and composure was excellent on his goal.

Substitutions

  • Leonardo Bonucci
    18
    29
    2.00

    Leonardo Bonucci

    Replaced Andrea Barzagli at half time and failed to offer any more steel and resistance in defence for Cesare Prandelli's men.

  • Andrea Pirlo
    55
    17
    2.50

    Andrea Pirlo

    Replaced Verratti early in the second half but failed to dictate the midfield in a similar fashion to the Paris Saint-Germain youngster.

  • Emanuele Giaccherini
    31
    25
    2.50

    Emanuele Giaccherini

    Played 40 minutes after coming on in place of Marchisio in the 50th minute. Did not do an awful lot but almost bagged a late equaliser, though his shot came back off the bar.

  • Alessandro Florenzi
    18
    26
    2.00

    Alessandro Florenzi

    Failed to make an impact on his international debut.

  • Alessandro Diamanti
    46
    9
    3.00

    Alessandro Diamanti

    Came on in the 73rd minute and looked fairly lively. A decent cross was almost turned in by Giovinco.

  • Sebastian Giovinco
    83
    5
    3.50

    Sebastian Giovinco

    Brought on for Candreva late on and put in a very impressive cameo. He was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet when he pulled a brilliant save from Lloris.

  • Hugo Lloris
    69
    5
    3.50

    Hugo Lloris

    The keeper was largely untested during the first half but dealt with crosses into the area adeptly. He made a fantastic save from Giovinco in the closing stages to ensure that les Bleus secured the win.

  • Laurent Koscielny
    70
    5
    3.50

    Laurent Koscielny

    Put in a decent performance at the back as he rarely looked like being beaten. He and Sakho did well to contain Balotelli with a superior physical display. He was cool at the back and never lost his head.

  • Mathieu Debuchy
    37
    6
    3.00

    Mathieu Debuchy

    Was restricted in his vertical movements by the threat of El Shaarawy on his flank. Spent most of his time tracking the AC Milan star but allowed him to get away from him to slot home the opening goal.

  • Mamadou Sakho
    57
    5
    4.00

    Mamadou Sakho

    Although he looked a bit shaky at the start, Sakho had a predominantly positive night. He used his strength to keep Balotelli under wraps for large periods of the game and was solid as a rock thereafter.

  • Patrice Evra
    66
    19
    4.00

    Patrice Evra

    An impressive night for the full-back, putting his chequered history with the national team aside to put in an astute display. Although Maggio pushed on a lot, he kept his space limited and also had a hand in the winning goal.

  • Blaise Matuidi
    33
    7
    3.50

    Blaise Matuidi

    Competed well in the middle and proved that he can be a danger higher up the pitch with a great turn on Montolivo in the first half. He fought hard for his side and made some decent challenges.

  • Etienne Capoue
    31
    8
    3.00

    Etienne Capoue

    Read the game well and got about the field in order to screen the defence and break apart the play. He was very efficient in midfield and helped keep a limit on the creativity coming from the Italians.

  • Franck Ribéry
    44
    15
    3.00

    Franck Ribéry

    The Bayern Munich winger was rather subdued throughout the course of the match, failing to make the most of the advances by Maggio. He rarely got the chance to run at the opposition in an ineffectual performance.

  • Moussa Sissoko
    41
    8
    3.00

    Moussa Sissoko

    Put in a good shift for Dechamps' team as he never stopped running. Played on the right side of midfield and always tracked back to help his side defend. He was by no means hesitant to attack and his powerful running caused Italy some problems.

  • Mathieu Valbuena
    96
    6
    4.50

    Mathieu Valbuena Top of the Match

    The Olympique Marseille winger was effervescent throughout and was easily his side's greatest threat. His passing was crisp and he showed immense technical ability to score a stunning equaliser for les Bleus.

  • Olivier Giroud
    47
    30
    2.00

    Olivier Giroud

    Unable to continue from his impressive display for Arsenal at the weekend, Giroud was starved of a level of service to replicate such a display. He hardly got a sight of goal and failed to test Sirigu.

Substitutions

  • Benoit Tremoulinas
    11
    9

    Benoit Tremoulinas

    Came on for Sissoko in stoppage time and was unable to influence the game.

  • Anthony Réveillère
    20
    5
    3.00

    Anthony Réveillère

    Replaced Valbuena at the break and had a competent night, keeping the right side of the pitch tight.

  • Maxime Gonalons
    18
    7

    Maxime Gonalons

    Brought on for Capoue in the 83rd minute and made no impression on the match.

  • Yoann Gourcuff
    43
    5
    3.00

    Yoann Gourcuff

    Was only given 18 mintues in place of Valbuena but looked lively when on the ball.

  • Jérémy Menez
    71
    4
    4.50

    Jérémy Menez

    Caused all sorts of problems for Italy with his excellent dribbling after replacing Ribery in the 63rd minute. His cutback led to the winner and he could have netted one himself late on.

  • Bafetimbi Gomis
    55
    8
    4.00

    Bafetimbi Gomis

    Did what Giroud could not despite having only been on the pitch for three minutes. He scored a typical poacher's goal to win the match for his side.

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