Player Ratings: Spain 4-1 Russia

Ewan Macdonald rates the individual performances after Spain's thrashing of Russia in Innsbruck...

Casillas 7:
Did as much as he could in terms of saves. He was let down defensively for the Russian goal - fine otherwise. He could do more organising.

Sergio Ramos 7: Had surprisingly little to do defensively as Russia focused their attention elsewhere. Seemed to grow more foward-looking as the game wore on,.

Puyol 5: Ever-vocal and a decent organiser, but he was caught out for the Russian goal and somewhat unconvincing before that. He remains a question-mark in an otherwise solid-looking side.

Marchena 6.5: An improved showing from the Valencia stopper, who might have done enough to keep his place ahead of teammate Raúl Albiol.

Capdevila 7.5: Let himself down badly by sleeping at the far post during the Russian goal. Other than that he was impressive: he was only caught out once in defence. Masterful going forward as usual: his through ball to Torres for the first goal was a delight.

Iniesta 8.5: His rating might be even higher but for his puzzling early substitution. A tremendous through ball to set up Villa for the second. Covered every area of the pitch.

Xavi 8: Seems to have saved his best form for his country after another excellent showing. Seemed to tire towards the end; superb before that.

Senna 6.5: Great passing range as usual, but a little bit hesitant in defending. Granted he has a lot to do as the sole true defensive midfielder in the side, but he can do better than this.

Silva 6: Saw plenty of the ball, but tended towards selfishness and was quite often wasteful in the final delivery. Needs to show the maturity he cultivated last season at the Mestalla.

Torres 6.5: A generous pass to Villa for the first goal and some good moments of control, but he has yet to hit stride. Capable of improvement.

Villa 9.5: A hat-trick and an assist: not bad at all for El Guaje. Wonderful stuff from the man of the match, who may well have put in the best individual showing of the tournament so far.


Cesc 7.5: An assist and a goal, albeit a rather simple one, must give Luis Aragonés a headache ahead of his selection for the next game. Had he been on the pitch longer he could well have earned an 8.

Cazorla 6.5: Didn't have too much opportunity to stamp his unique brand of wing play on the game, but what he did he did well.

Xabi Alonso 6: Little time to impress, but not quite the steadying influence he might have been.


Akinfeev 6:
While none of the goals could be readily termed "preventable" from his point of view, there is the lingering idea that the youngster just wasn't commanding enough.

Anyukov 5.5: Afforded the likes of Silva too much space, although he was actually better than his teammates in that regard. A thankless task.

Shirokov 3.5: Very nearly sold the first goal to Torres 19 minutes in, and was responsible for selling the ball to Capdevila seconds later for the 1-0. Things didn't get better from there. He will watch the replays through his fingers.

Kolodin 4.5: Niggly in the tackle and nervy overall. Caught out repeatedly. One to forget for him.

Zhirkov 5: Run ragged defensively but held his own overall. Set-piece deliveries were disappointing. Nervousness dripped from his passes.

Zyryanov 6.5: An energetic presence, no matter where he was. It seemed as though any Russian spark would come through him for a while, although ultimately he didn't live up to this promise.

Semak 6.5: Broke up play effectively - sometimes a little too effectively for the referee's liking - and composed in the pass. Not at all calm in the shot, though: wasted a superb chance right at the end that any player should have scored.

Semshov 6: Saw little of the action and was predictably substituted.

Bilyaletdinov 5.5: He could have provided more for Pavlyuchenko but in fairness he was operating under tough circumstances.

Sychev 6:
Energetic, but hooked at half-time nonetheless. Could maybe have tracked back more.

Pavlyuchenko 6.5: Earned his goal thanks to his work ethic in difficult circumstances. We probably haven't seen the last of his name on the scoresheet in the tournament.


Bystrov 6: Didn't do too much to vindicate coach Hiddink's decision to send him into the breach. Withdrawn, probably due to injury.

Torbinsky 6.5: A success story off the bench, although perhaps not a decisive one. Could have earned a start for the next game.

Adamov 6: A difficult task for him to impress in such odd circumstances - a substitute for a substitute - and one that he quite understandably did not seize.