Spain vs. Italy: Grading the Spanish Players in Euro 2012 Group C

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Spain vs. Italy: Grading the Spanish Players in Euro 2012 Group C
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Xavi and Pirlo

Spain finally got their turn to go to work on defending their European championship at Euro 2012 on Sunday, as they opened up against Italy.

La Furia Roja surprised many, as manger Vicente Del Bosque started the game with six midfielders in the lineup, including Cesc Fabregas as a “false number nine.”

The game saw the ball possession control of Spain that we are used to seeing. It was a different back line than what we are used to seeing, as Sergio Ramos moved to center back, replacing the injured Carles Puyol. Alvaro Arbeloa took Ramos’ usual national team spot at right-back, while Jordi Alba took the left-back spot—a spot Joan Capdevila held for many years.

David Villa is very much missed, and it was evident both on the pitch as well as by Del Bosque deciding to go with Fabregas at the nine and not go with one of his strikers to begin the game.

The game saw good play from a few of the Spanish players like Xavi and Iker Casillas, while others simply played poorly. Overall, I felt the 1-1 tie was the deserving score line for both teams.

So how would I grade the Spanish players in this first game for Spain in Euro 2012?

Here are my grades for each Spanish player in their 1-1 tie against Italy. 

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