France Player Ratings vs Norway

After France’s comprehensive 4-0 win against Norway, we give each of the individual players a rating for their performance on the night:

Stephane Ruffier – 7

What he had to deal with, which was very little, he dealt with easily. Was solid when he was called upon, but had no real saves to make.

Patrice Evra – 6

Played the first 45 minutes only, and showed some promise going forwards, as well as making some good defensive challenges. Final ball let him down a little bit.

Laurent Koscielny – 7

Aside from a few moments of miscommunication with Sakho, he looked his solid self – aggressive in defence as usual. He barely gave the Norway attacker a sniff, and laid down a marker for his selection come June.

Mamadou Sakho – 6

The Liverpool man gave the ball away in dangerous positions a few times, and could be punishes for those errors by better teams. Luckily, Norway did not have the quality to capitalise. Was generally untroubled otherwise.

Mathieu Debuchy – 6

Was good going forwards when he got the chance, but a little suspect defensively. Struggled with the trickery of Daehli on the left wing for Norway, and was forced to foul him on a few occasions. 

Yohan Cabaye – 8

Controlled the pace of the game with ease from midfield. His range of passing was in full evidence today, and more performances like this will see him secure his place in the starting 11. Had a few chances to shoot, but his aim was not quite there today.

Paul Pogba – 8

Scored a good header from Valbuena’s cross to give France the lead. Made some very good challenges in midfield to win the ball back, but often gave it away with over-casual passes. Only given 45 minutes, but he showed Deschamps what he needed to see.

Blaise Matuidi – 9

Once again, a fantastic performance from the PSG midfielder. He was the workhorse in the midfield trio, breaking up play whenever Norway looked like going forwards. A must in the starting line up in Brazil.

Antoine Griezmann – 7

Had a bright opening spell, in which he forced the Norwegian goalkeeper into some good saves, but faded away as the game progressed. Unlikely to start in Brazil, but a very good option from the bench.

Mathieu Valbuena – 10

Man of the match by far. He made three assists from France’s 4 goals, and was behind everything good that France produced going forward. A few doubted his selection over the likes of Nasri, but if he keeps performing like this, then nobody can argue with his position. His passing in particular was sublime.

Olivier Giroud – 8

Had little impact in the first half, but came alive in the second. He scored a brilliant volley to give France a 2-0 lead, and then capped off the night with a fourth goal. He must try to get involved more, but his goal scoring is definitely promising.


Lucas Digne – 7

Did not have much to do at all defensively, but did not really put a foot wrong after replacing Evra at half time. Promising performance from the youngster.

Moussa Sissoko – 7

His power and strength gave France a different option going forward, and he was able to dominate a rather weak Norway outfit. His final ball sometimes let him down though.

Loic Remy – 8

Had an instant impact, scoring within minutes of coming on, and had a few shots saved by Norway’s goalkeeper. A very promising performance in all, and is sure to be involved one way or another come Brazil.



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