France vs. Nigeria: Full Player Ratings

Jerrad Peters@@jerradpetersWorld Football Staff WriterJune 30, 2014

Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann scored in Brasilia as France defeated Nigeria 2-0 in their round of 16 contest.

Following a sustained siege in front of Super Eagles goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, Pogba rose to meet a Mathieu Valbuena corner and headed Les Bleus into the lead in the 79th minute.

Then, in the first minute of second-half stoppage time, Griezmann got the slightest of touches to another corner-kick, although Nigeria defender Joseph Yobo appeared to deflect the ball into his own goal.

Following are ratings and analysis for both sets of players.

France Player Ratings
Hugo Lloris77
Mathieu Debuchy77
Raphael Varane77
Laurent Koscielny78
Patrice Evra66
Paul Pogba78
Blaise Matuidi77
Yohan Cabaye77
Mathieu Valbuena78
Olivier Giroud55
Karim Benzema56
Antoine GriezmannN/A7
Moussa SissokoN/A5

Half-time analysis for France

Hugo Lloris: Doing well to find the ball in what has been a crowded goalmouth.

Mathieu Debuchy: France have looked at their most dangerous when he’s brought the ball downfield.

Raphael Varane: The 21-year-old has been playing well beyond his years throughout the competition.

Laurent Koscielny: The Arsenal man has so far won everything in the air.

Patrice Evra: Looking vulnerable opposite Musa.

Paul Pogba: Tested Enyeama with a vicious shot after initiating a dangerous counter-attack.

Blaise Matuidi: France’s most reliable midfielder so far in Brasilia.

Yohan Cabaye: Contributed a trio of first-half tackles.

Mathieu Valbuena: Making things happen when he cuts inside.

Olivier Giroud: Yet to place a shot on target.

Karim Benzema: Needs to be much more involved in the second half.

Full-time analysis for France

Hugo Lloris: Did well to deny Odemwingie early in the second half.

Mathieu Debuchy: His crosses generally lacked quality.

Raphael Varane: Picked up a knock shortly after the restart, but was able to continue.

Laurent Koscielny: He dug out every ball that came his way.

Patrice Evra: Faced the bulk of the Nigeria attack and managed to hold.

Paul Pogba: Opened the scoring with a fine header from Valbuena’s corner.

Blaise Matuidi: Should have been shown a red card for his studs-up challenge on Onazi.

Yohan Cabaye: Struck the crossbar with 15 minutes remaining.

Mathieu Valbuena: Grew into the match in the second half and took the corner that allowed Pogba to open the scoring.

Olivier Giroud: Did next to nothing before being replaced by Griezmann.

Karim Benzema: His goal-bound effort was denied at the last moment by Moses.

Antoine Griezmann: Added an insurance marker with a deft touch in front of goal that deflected off Yobo.

Moussa Sissoko: Played just the final few seconds of added time.

Nigeria Player Ratings
Vincent Enyema88
Efe Ambrose76
Joseph Yobo75
Kenneth Omeruo76
Juwon Oshaniwa65
John Obi Mikel76
Ogenyi Onazi66
Peter Odemwingie76
Victor Moses66
Ahmed Musa76
Emmanuel Emenike65
Reuben GabrielN/A5
Uche NwoforN/A5

Half-time analysis for Nigeria

Vincent Enyeama: His save on Pogba was his best of the first half.

Efe Ambrose: Performing well opposite Benzema.

Joseph Yobo: Making his 100th appearance for Nigeria.

Kenneth Omeruo: Chelsea have a real gem in the 20-year-old.

Juwon Oshaniwa: Allowing Valbuena to cut inside him a bit too often.

John Obi Mikel: Committing a few too many uncharacteristic give-aways in midfield.

Ogenyi Onazi: Was stretchered off following a collision with Pogba but returned to the pitch not long after.

Peter Odemwingie: His distribution in the final third has been excellent.

Victor Moses: His willingness to drop into midfield has been key to Nigeria’s possession game.

Ahmed Musa: Causing Evra all sorts of problems down the right-hand side.

Emmanuel Emenike: Had the ball in the back of the net, but his goal was correctly disallowed for offside.

Full-time analysis for Nigeria

Vincent Enyeama: Was absolutely exceptional until Pogba scored.

Efe Ambrose: Had all sorts of problems with Griezmann.

Joseph Yobo: Should have prevented Pogba scoring and directed Griezmann’s touch into goal.

Kenneth Omeruo: Completed more than 90 percent of his passes out of the defense.

Juwon Oshaniwa: Run into the ground by Debuchy and Valbuena.

John Obi Mikel: Far less effective following Onazi’s injury.

Ogenyi Onazi: Carried off the field of play after having his shin crunched into by Matuidi.

Peter Odemwingie: Had a decent chance to open the scoring in the second half but was stopped by Lloris.

Victor Moses: Chopped the ball off the line to prevent a Benzema goal.

Ahmed Musa: Had far fewer touches in the second half than during the first.

Emmanuel Emenike: As France started to dominate, the service dried up for him.

Reuben Gabriel: A second-half replacement for the injured Onazi.

Uche Nwofor: Introduced for the final minute of normal time.


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