thumbnail Hello,'s Ewan Macdonald runs the rule over the individual performers in La Furia Roja's win over the All-Whites...


Moss 7 - Statistically speaking his shots:save ratio was poor, but this wasn't really his fault. Managed one superb stop in particular from Villa and can be proud with his day's work.

Mulligan 3 - Started well but very quickly lost concentration and confidence: Capdevila had the run of the flank as he was beaten time and again.

Boyens 4.5 - All at sea throughout and couldn't keep his eye - or his mind - on his man.

Elliott 4.5 - Another difficult evening for a defender who was caught flat-footed.

Lochhead 5 - Clearly didn't relish having to challenge Torres in the air or the ground, but he wasn't alone in that.

Bertos 5 - Largely anonymous and was ball-watching too often when he should have been putting the tackle in.

Vicelich 3.5 - Tracked back well but was a spare body on the edge of the box. Kept on losing possession.

Brown 4.5 - Was not the calming influence he should have been and he didn't drive forward, either.

Brockie 6 - A leading light of the side until his early substitution.

Smeltz 6.5 - Probably the best outfielder on the All-Whites side. Looked like he could provide flair when nobody else could.

Killen 5 - Barely saw the ball but didn't track back to great effect either.


Christie 5 - Came on early doors for Brockie but failed to make too much of an impact.

James 5.5, Bright N/A


Casillas 7 - Had a sedate evening, to say the least, but made one good stop from a free kick.

Sergio Ramos 7.5 -
Got forward to good effect and did not shy away from the physical battle (such as it was.)

Raul Albiol 6.5 - A quiet evening for the Valencia man, who faded out of the game quite quickly but can be forgiven for conserving energy.

Puyol 7 - Another confident showing from the Barcelona stopper, who just loves to get forward.

Capdevila 8 - Superb wide work - albeit not against much opposition - and some excellent passing and movement with Riera.

Xavi 7- Kept the ball and himself moving, which is all that was asked of him. Removed fairly early.

Xabi Alonso 6.5 - Made a couple of errors but overall his performance had enough about it to keep Spain's engine ticking over.

Cesc Fabregas 8.5 - Excellent work from the Arsenal man, who has staked a claim to a more regular spot with some brilliant assist play.

Albert Riera 8 - Teamed up well with Capdevila on the left flank and showed plenty of invention when cutting inside. Iniesta should still be default for his place, though.

Villa 7.5 - Got well-involved in the attacking play and dragged his men wide. Also flagged offside more than he correctly should have been.

Fernando Torres 9 -
The opposition wasn't up to much but there is no questioning his execution in the finish - his first goal in particular was masterful. A fine evening for the Liverpool man.


Santi Cazorla 6.5 - Decent enough from the Villarreal winger, who can operate centrally as well.

Alvaro Arbeloa 6 - Didn't quite do enough to give Vicente del Bosque a selection headache, but he was on to run down the clock in any case.

Silva 6.5

Ewan Macdonald,