France vs. Jamaica: Live Player Ratings for Les Bleus

Karl Matchett@@karlmatchettFeatured ColumnistJune 8, 2014

French soccer team forward Yohan Cabaye, reacts after scoring against Jamaica during the friendly soccer match between France and Jamaica at the Lille Metropole stadium, in Villeneuve d'Ascq, northern France, Sunday, June 8, 2014. France in preparation for the upcoming FIFA soccer World Cup in Brazil starting on 12 June. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
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France took on Jamaica in their final pre-World Cup friendly on Sunday evening, looking for a morale-boosting victory to head to Brazil with.

They certainly achieved that, rattling eight past the Jamaicans without reply. At the break, France were well in control and led 3-0 thanks to goals from Yohan Cabaye, Blaise Matuidi and Karim Benzema. Olivier Giroud made it four after the break before Benzema and Matuidi scored their second goals, with sub Antoine Griezmann scoring two late goals himself to make it 8-0 at full-time.

France Player Ratings


First half analysis

LLORIS—Hasn't had much to do. Confident in punching clear aerial balls.

DEBUCHY—Afforded huge space to run into thanks to Valbuena's movement and is using it well.

VARANE—Solid, committed one unavoidable foul, confident in possession.

SAKHO—One poor back-pass aside, he has been impressive with covering and clearing infrequent danger.

EVRA—Playing a support act from fairly deep down the left flank, not overly adventurous.

CABAYE—Excellent in possession and making his frequent runs from deep in midfield.

SISSOKO—Playing well in terms of moving on the ball and hassling opposition, but not doing enough to suggest he could win a place.

MATUIDI—Excellent. Covering the entire left half of the pitch, he works the channel, shows for possession centrally and breaks forward into the area. Great strike for the goal.

VALBUENA—Very adventurous in possession, always looking to find space to receive the ball in. A very free-roaming role so far.

GIROUD—Better movement than we sometimes see from the forward. Has won a few aerial duels, a big attacking threat in that regard, but not quite the end product on the ground.

BENZEMA—Started from the left but has run centrally whenever possible. Terrific finish for his goal.


Second half analysis

LLORIS—Made one save but essentially had nothing to do.

SAGNA—Pushed forward well and supported, though not as dynamic as Debuchy.

VARANE—An impressive showing considering he didn't have too much to do. Might have sneaked a starting role for the finals.

SAKHO—Commanding and solid, constantly talking. In the XI for sure.

EVRA—Was more offensive and aggressive in the second half. Helped create two goals and almost a third.

CABAYE—Not as heavily involved but still neat in possession. Subbed.

MAVUBA—Didn't make too much impression on the ball but tracked back quickly to mop up the few counter-attacks.

SISSOKO—Made more bursting runs forward in the second half. Still a bench option, not a starter.

MATUIDI—Hugely impressive throughout. Real driving ability to get into the box got him his goals.

VALBUENA—Superb other than falling over when he should have scored. In terrific form and will be key to France's tactics in attack.

GIROUD—Performed admirably, scoring one and involved in several more.

BENZEMA—The best player on the park, almost had a hat-trick but for the woodwork.

GRIEZMANN—Excellent cameo showcasing his final-third prowess.

POGBA—Not too long on the pitch but showed flashes of class.


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