After France’s 2-0 win over opponents Denmark, with goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Olivier Giroud, Get French Football News gives each player a rating out of 10 and a comment about their performance.
Stephane Ruffier – 7.5
The big St-Etienne goalkeeper had little to do, but did what was asked of him very well indeed. Came for a lot of crosses to relieve the pressure from the defence, and made some solid stops, especially in the second half.
Christophe Jallet – 6.5
Probably the weakest of the two French full backs, because he did not offer as much of an attacking threat. Solid defensively, as Jallet normally is, but was not as effective in an attacking sense as Tremoulinas was.
Raphael Varane – 7.5
The captain was a wall at the back, as ever, and looked more comfortable partnering Laurent Koscielny than he did with Sakho on Thursday (although that might have something to do with the opposition…). Made some good challenges and was good on the ball.
Laurent Koscielny – 7.5
Carried his good form with Arsenal into this game, and hardly ever looked troubled by the Denmark front line, led by ex-team mate Bendtner. Made one excellent header to deny Bendtner an open goal in the first half, and was a threat from offensive set pieces.
Benoit Tremoulinas – 8
An impressive performance all round from the Sevilla left back. He was good defensively – he and Koscielny patrolled the left side of the Les Bleus defence effectively – and was always a threat going forward, putting in plenty of dangerous crosses into the box for Giroud to attack.
Morgan Schneiderlin – 8.5
Another very accomplished game from Southampton’s midfielder. He seems to thrive in his defensive midfield position for France, and is always there to break up the play at the right time. He looks to fit right into the line-up for Les Bleus, but whether he can keep his spot with Pogba and Cabaye to come back is not clear.
Geoffrey Kondogbia – 8
A typically powerful performance from the imposing Monaco man. Schneiderlin did most of the defensive work in midfield, but Kondogbia made his fair share of tackles, and made a few trademark attacking runs as well, one of which led to the second French goal.
Antoine Griezmann – 7.5
Had a good first period, and played a crucial role in the first French goal as his shot was saved by Schmeichel, with Lacazette turning in the rebound. Faded slightly after the break, but an improvement on his display against Brazil.
Alexandre Lacazette – 8
Despite not starting in his favoured position as a striker, Lacazette worked well out on the right, and looked very dangerous whenever he got on the ball. Scored the first goal of the evening with a neat finish, and could have had more, with Schmeichel denying him a goal with a one-on-one save.
Dimitri Payet – 9
My man of the match. Everything good that Les Bleus did in an attacking sense seemed to come through Payet. He played a wonderful first-time pass to Griezmann to create the first goal, played in Lacazette with a delicious through ball a few minutes later, and generally dictated the French play in the final third. An excellent performance.
Olivier Giroud – 8
Giroud is in very good form with his club Arsenal, and brought that clinical sense for a goal to the Les Bleus side. He showed some nice touches to bring team mates into play, and took his goal extremely well, sending a low finish through the legs of Schmeichel.
Substitutes (who played at least 20 minutes):
Josuha Guilavogui – 7
Did not have all that much time to make an impact, but did enough to show that he can break into the French team in a few years time. Looked composed on the ball and made a few good tackles.
Nabil Fekir – 7.5
Would have been somewhat disappointed not to start, but when he came on he fitted in very well with the fast-tempo passing football Les Bleus were playing when it came to attacking. Showed some good touches and never afraid to take on players to create space. An exciting prospect.