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France 8-0 Jamaica: Player Ratings

See our player ratings from France’s phenomenal thrashing of Jamaica, as Les Bleus won the game 8-0. 

Hugo Lloris- 7

The France captain actually had more to do than in the Paraguay game, simply due to the end-to-end nature of this evening’s encounter. He was assured and executed every necessary action effectively. 

Patrice Evra- 6.5

His attacking contribution was noted through his assist for Matuidi’s second goal, but it was not as efficient as it usually is, due to the Jamaican tactic of doubling up on the Manchester United full back when bombing down the wing. Defensively, he performed carelessly and allowed Humphrey to swing in several dangerous crosses. There is however no question that Evra will start for France in Brazil. 

Mamadou Sakho- 6

Despite having little to do throughout large periods of the game, he was characteristically shaky on the ball when his services were called for, evidenced by his misjudged back pass to Lloris in the first half. Many questions surrounding the legitimacy of his position on the starting XI, considering the talent of both Laurent Koscielny and Eliaquim Mangala at the left central defensive position. 

Raphael Varane- 7

The Real Madrid youngster offers an incredible calmity and assurance to the French back four and that was highlighted again tonight. Expected to start at the World Cup.

Mathieu Debuchy- 6

Was substituted off at half time after an injury scare, with certain French media outlets reporting a possible fracture, but these seem to be wide of the mark, with the player rejoining the bench during the second half. He tried to perform effectively going forward, but failed to produce any crosses of note. Defensively, he had very little to do. 

Blaise Matuidi- 8.5

The engine and poacher of the French midfield performed excellently, grabbing two excellent goals and providing great interlinking options throughout the contest. His first goal showed real shooting prowess and tonight proved his credentials as an out and out, box to box midfielder. 

Moussa Sissoko- 7

Was admittedly chasing shadows in the first half but gained confidence in the second. Deschamps’ decision to allow him to play the full 90 minutes was intelligent as he now gives one of his generally accepted impact subs a real personal boast. His runs offer another, refreshing attacking element to France.  

Mathieu Valbuena- 9

If Matuidi was excellent, Marseille’s attacking midfielder was phenomenal. The key to France’s attacking play, Valbuena was tirelessly proactive and his short, sharp passing added both speed and purpose to France’s moves. He did miss an open goal in the second half, probably due to exhaustion, but Griezmann saved his blushes. 

Yohan Cabaye- 7.5

Produced some subtle and deft linking play and showed good poise for the first goal of the night. Was substituted early on for Rio Mavuba, and, admittedly, in his deeper lying midfield role was purposefully less involved in France’s goalfest. Remains a linchpin for Deschamps. 

Karim Benzema- 9.5

The Real Madrid striker quite possibly had the best game in a French shirt of his career. With two world class goals and a couple of poignant assists, Benzema’s confidence and unselfishness combined may well be turning him into a surprise star player for the World Cup this month, if he can continue in the same vain. The joy that he possessed this evening was a sight for sore eyes after an historically difficult relationship with the national set up. The fact that he was playing out wide, an unknown position, makes this performance all the more striking. 

Olivier Giroud- 7.5

The Arsenal man linked up impeccably well with Karim Benzema, and scored a good goal. His touch let him down occasionally, but his interchanging in terms of distribution was possibly the most pleasing element of his game. Assisted the first goal with a perfectly cushioned header. 


Rio Mavuba- 6.5

Non-existent for the most part of the second half and failed to really break down the Jamaican attacks before they got to the defence when they were fortunate enough to break out. Failing to see the logic behind his selection at present. 

Bacary Sagna- 6.5 

Again, some notably intelligent passing play with the France attack and solidified the defence further in the second half. Neck and neck between Debuchy and Sagna for that spot in the starting XI. 

Antoine Griezmann- 7.5

There is no question about this youngster’s ability and touch of magic. HIs backheeled goal was a true ‘bijoux’ and he offers France a more shot-minded attacking midfield option. Two goals as a second half substitute further evidences that his reading of the game is well beyond that of the majority of players of his age. 

Loic Remy- 6

Was not on the pitch long enough to make a sufficient impression. 

Paul Pogba- 6

Was not on the pitch long enough to make a sufficient impression. 

Morgan Schneiderlin- 6

The Southampton man won his first cap for France this evening after being called up to replace Franck Ribery who quit the squad through injury. A great milestone for the central midfielder and a nice touch by Deschamps. 


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