M. De Sanctis
Not often tested by the opposition, but saved what was in front of him. Solid display.
Defended well against Taarabt throughout, not often abandoning his favorable position to let the winger behind.
Won his fair share of aerial battles and was more than a match for Balotelli.
Did not put a foot wrong at the back throughout, but was the victim of a late nasty tackle that left him hobbling.
Motored up and down the flanks to provide some good support for the attack, while not neglecting his defensive duties.
Won the ball high up the field on a number of occasions, and was always a good foil for De Rossi defensively.
D. De Rossi
Put in a great shift covering the back four, breaking up a number of attacks as the opposition could not get past him.
A wonderful dribble past a host of players saw him finish the move off for the opening goal. His playmaking was also spot on tonight.
Kept the defence honest with his constant threat to run in behind, and won a fair few free kicks. Prodded home the second from close range.
Not his most earth shattering game, but he still did what needed to be done to create danger for his side.
Just could not grab a goal, but not for the want of trying. His dribbling was accurate and his movement dangerous.
Made some strong saves, but was guilty of causing the second goal with a poor parry.
Committed a few careless fouls as he looked shaky when the opposition attacked in numbers.
Like Constant, he came off second best on most of his direct battles with his opponents.
Took care of Gervinho in a few of their tussles, but was booked late on for persistent fouling.
Worked hard in midfield to close down the opposition, but began to tire in the second half.
Flashed an effort or two over the top, but ultimately was frustrated in his attempts to break down the defence.
Try as he might, he could not inspire his team to great er things in the attacking third.
Unable to create much and was off target with a few deliveries from out wide.
Offered nothing going forward and was rather slipshod defensively as well.
Not often able to get into stride offensively as he was well marshaled for the most part.
A terrible game for him as he looked disinterested and lethargic throughout.