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PLAYER RATINGS | France 5-2 Iceland – How the French fared

In a great night for Les Bleus, Tom Scholes takes a quick look at the individual performances of the French side in their 5-1 thrashing of Iceland.

Hugo Lloris: 6

Lloris had hardly anything to do for large portions of the game, but when he was called upon, he made some great saves including one from point blank range from Sigthorsson. A great captain who has managed to marshal in a makeshift defence in an international tournament, despite conceding two goals this evening.

Bacary Sagna: 6

Another game where Sagna has hardly been called into action, but again he was alert when needed to be. A very solid performance from Sagna again, but could be a weak link against Germany in the next round.

Laurent Koscielny: 6

Solid from Koscielny once more, who proved to be the perfect partner for Samuel Umtiti, and helped him throughout the game. Koscielny has certainly improved from the previous performances, and was taken off for Elaquim Mangala in the second half with the Arsenal man at risk of suspension.

Samuel Umtiti: 4.5

A debut from the new Barcelona centre back, who impressed with his composure and calmness on the ball. Certainly looks like he will suit the Barcelona style of play with his passing performances. However, he appeared scared in defence, unwilling to attempt to make decisive tackles and interceptions for fear of conceding a foul. He was also at fault for Iceland’s first goal and was shaky in terms of positioning throughout.

Patrice Evra: 5

Eva performed adequately in the left back position, and got forward on a few occasions. His leadership is certainly a great asset to his squad, but his lack of pace and awareness were exposed in the second half for both of Iceland’s goals. Matuidi will have to double up on Evra against Germany.

Paul Pogba: 7

One of his finer performances of the tournament, Pogba looked powerful and superb this game, and it was topped off by a great header in the first half. He seemed to be freed by the lack of Kanté in the side, and was a bigger threat going forward knowing he had the protection of Matuidi behind him. Hopefully, he continues this form for the semi final.

Blaise Matuidi: 7

A lot better on the ball and off it tonight, and also was a huge aid for the rest of the forwards, giving them the freedom to attack. The PSG man won the ball back excellently well, dominating the Icelandic midfield. His best performance at EURO 2016 to date.

Moussa Sissoko: 6

Many felt that after the season Sissoko had at Newcastle that he would not be able to cut it at Euro 2016, but he showed tonight that he can be very powerful on the right hand side of the midfield and provided good cover for Sagna when he went forward in attack. Sissoko can be very useful against Germany, and can nullify the attacks on that right hand side whilst also providing a good attacking threat.

Dimitri Payet: 7

It just wouldn’t be a France game at Euro 2016 if Payet didn’t get his name on the score sheet, and he did just that on the stroke of half time. His link up play between Giroud and Griezmann was superb to watch and really made you feel that every time he lined up a shot that it would find it’s way into the back of the net. It will be very interesting to see what Payet does against Germany, as they’ll be without both Sami Khedira and Mats Hummels.

Antoine Griezmann: 8

Probably man of the match tonight, Griezmann was at the pinnacle of every French attack and was crucial in most of the goals. He obviously scored his wonderfully executed chipped goal, but also managed to set up Payet and Pogba respectively. After a slow start to the tournament, Griezmann is looking like the world-class player many believe he is.

Olivier Giroud: 8

The two-goal hero for Les Bleus, Giroud was outstanding with his hold up play, his finishing and his build up play with his fellow attackers. Giroud has drastically improved in these last two games against Iceland and Ireland, but most importantly in both games was his relationship up top with Griezmann, which is starting to look like France’s biggest weapon going forward.

Substitutes:

Andre Pierre-Gignac: 5

Gignac had a few chances to score, but didn’t manage to put any away. To be fair to him, he had a tough job replacing the in form Olivier Giroud tonight, so I think we can cut Gignac some slack!

Eliaquim Mangala: 5

A standard performance at the back, but not much to write home about.

Kingsley Coman wasn’t on the pitch long enough to get a rating, but did show some quick feet in glimpses.

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