Untested over the course of the match. Didn’t even have his handling tested from crossed balls.
The home captain was amongst those home players to turn in a gritty performance, very much leading by example. Though he was unable to express himself as an attacking force, he should be pleased with his efforts at the back.
Inexperienced at international level, the young centre-back gave an excellent account of himself in the heart of the home side’s defence, making several well-judged challenges to stop French advances.
Inches away from opening the scoring from a free kick early in the game, the Rangers defender would enjoy a solid performance throughout, getting his foot to several important balls. Not afraid to use his physical strength.
- S. Luchin
Put himself about well in the heart of the field and won a great deal of valuable possession, but his competitive edge got him booked 10 minutes into the second half with a late challenge on M’Vila.
Taken off shortly before half-time, suffering from injury. Had been combative and competitive in the heart of the field to that point.
Will ply his trade in France having signed for Saint-Etienne just before the transfer window, and posed Patrice Evra some problems over the course of the evening. His biggest threat, however, came from his dead-ball delivery, which was magnificent.
Though he was firm in the challenge, his discipline could be questioned at times as he gave away a couple of needless free kicks around the box that could have been more heavily punished.
The versatile player is known for his attacking strength, but he was unable to really stamp his authority on this encounter.
Left rather isolated at the peak of the attack, he struggled to get much change out of Adil Rami, who gobbled up everything in the air. Unable to bring his team-mates into the game in a meaningful way.
Produced two wonderful reflex stops in the first half as the home side threatened from set-plays, but the Lyon goalkeeper was largely a spectator as France controlled the ball.
The Arsenal right-back missed Friday’s game due to illness, and he still looked somewhat out of sorts in Bucharest. Steady at the back, but was sloppy at times in possession and his attacking threat was very limited. A misjudged header midway through the second half could have been costly.
Faced up against Marica, the Valencia centre-back was a dominant force, the kind of which Laurent Blanc’s men missed against Albania. Lacked concentration, which may have been crucial, though.
Made a vital challenge to prevent Marica scoring following a poor error from Evra. The Barcelona man was unmoving in the heart of the defence, but he was hardly overworked.
Pushed on increasingly as the game progressed by was unable to make a telling impact on the game. When he did get into promising positions he failed to produce the kind of delivery he is reputed for.
Something of a surprising choice in the starting XI, the Marseille man looked rather nervous in the early stages of the game, giving the ball away cheaply. Never really settled into this encounter and it was a surprise he lasted so long before being substituted.
Busy in the heart of the midfield, the young Rennes player has attracted a great deal of positive attention in recent weeks. Shackled to a more defensive role than on Friday, he was unable to take the spotlight to the same degree, but this was another accomplished showing.
Criticised for his frustrating performance against Albania, the former Marseille man failed to silence his critics with a similarly inefficient showing. On too many occasions he failed to produce a meaningful end product, though one second half burst showed he is capable of much better.
Something of a surprise selection in the starting XI, the Newcastle man was reliable in possession but was wasteful with his set-pieces, which was a vital route to goal for France on an evening in which they struggled to create. Had a shot fly just over after the break before being replaced by Nasri.
Didn’t provide the level of incision that was expected of him, though the playmaker produced a tight enough performance. Nearly created a glorious chance in the second half but was rugby challenged by Goian, who stopped the move crudely but effectively.
Didn’t receive possession in too many quality positions and was left to feed largely off scraps throughout. Had one hopeful header from outside the box fly just wide, but this was an difficult evening for the striker.
- C. Pantilimon
- I. Latovlevici
- C. Moţi
Had few real problems dealing with Ribery and was confident enough to push forward into the French half on several occasions. On occasion he allowed his concentration to drop, and that could have proved costly.
Came on earlier than expected and produced an industrious performance in the heart of the field.
- M. Niculae
- G. Bucur