France 0, Spain 1: Grading France's Players in the Loss

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France 0, Spain 1: Grading France's Players in the Loss
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In the World Cup qualifier against Spain, a number of France's players performed with encouraging showings.

Despite the 1-0 loss, Les Bleus can take heart from the displays of Raphael Varane and Paul Pogba, who both delivered fine demonstrations of their talents despite their relatively tender years.

Franck Ribery and Blaise Matuidi were also impressive for the hosts, but while many performed well on the international stage, players such as Karim Benzema and Christophe Jallet may be left fearing for their place in the team after failing to produce their best.

The 1-0 loss more than likely leaves Didier Deschamps' side facing a playoff to reach the Finals, but the man who captained his country to the World title should now have a better idea of the lineup most suited to achieving that goal.

Here are the French player grades from a fascinating evening at the Stade De France on Tuesday.

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