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France Player Ratings vs Armenia

After France’s comprehensive 3-0 victory over Armenia, we give each of the players a rating out of 10 and a comment about their performance.

Steve Mandanda: 7

Didn’t have much to do, but was solid when called upon. Made two good saves in particular from Armenian striker Pizzelli, but never looked too troubled.

Lucas Digne: 6

Had a good game at left back, linking up well with Loic Remy in the left wing position, and tracking back to do his defensive duty when Armenia looked to counter.

Jeremy Mathieu: 5

Looked suspect at times in the first half in a shaky Les Bleus defensive display. Was taken on and beaten a few too many times, but improved in the second half when he had far less to do.

Raphael Varane: 6

Another solid performance, but his partnership with Mathieu needs work if it is to develop. The French defence was uncharacteristically insecure in the first period.

Christophe Jallet: 6

A decent, if unspectacular, performance from the right back. He was less inclined to go forwards than his counterpart Lucas Digne, and as a result a lot of the attacking play from France went down the left hand side.

Morgan Schneiderlin: 7

Struggled a little bit in the first half to provide full protection to the back four as Armenia were effective on the counter. His second half performance was impressive, though, as he picked up the scraps when needed and sured up the defensive side of France’s game.

Blaise Matuidi: 6

Handed the captain’s armband, Matuidi was less effective than normal as he played in a midfield two with Schneiderlin. It restricted his attacking instincts, which he could express more easily in Deschamps’ preferred 4-3-3 system on Saturday.

Dimitri Payet: 7

Showed some very nice touches, and was always a tricky customer both through the middle and down the wings. On another day, his performance would have merited a goal or assist. Was never afraid to pick up the ball and drive at defenders.

Moussa Sissoko: 6

Struggled a little bit to provide any real spark down the right hand side. In attacking terms, he and Jallet were far less effective than Loic Remy and Digne on the other side. Seemed to go backwards more often that forwards.

Loic Remy: 9

One of the two standout players of the match. He scored the first goal after a great run into the box, and was consistently a problem for Armenia with his runs in behind the defence from his wing. On this form, he is knocking on the door to be included in Deschamps’ first choice team.

Andre-Pierre Gignac: 9

Gignac was able to bring his recent good form at club level with Marseille to the international team. He set up the first and third goals, the latter with a fantastic through ball to Griezmann, and scored the second from the spot. He was the focal point of the team, impressing with all aspects of his performance.

Substitutes:

Paul Pogba: 8

Pogba came on at half time, and looked different class to most of the other players on the field. He played some sublime passes throughout his time on the field, and won the penalty that led to France’s second goal with a brilliant, mazy run past two or three Armenian players.

Antoine Grizemann: 7

Didn’t see too much of him until he scored, but he made a very good run to get away from the defence, and kept his cool to round the goalkeeper and slot home to put the game to bed.

Remy Cabella: 6

Was active and never afraid to receive the ball, without really delivering much of a final product. Perhaps lacking confidence after an average start to the season with Newcastle, but he put in a decent performance when he came on in the second half.

Mathieu Valbuena: 6

Had very little time to make an impact as he came on for the last 20 or so minutes, but he was smart with his use of the ball as ever in attacking areas.

[PHOTO: Zimbio.com]

N.Ba



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