Player ratings: Pogba stinker for France; Pepe & Patricio shine

Date published: Sunday 10th July 2016 11:05

Paul Pogba: Failed to exert influence in Paris

Paul Pogba: Failed to exert influence in Paris

We rate and slate the players’ performances as Portugal defied the critics and the loss of Cristiano Ronaldo to beat hosts France 1-0 in the Euro 2016 final.

Portugal snatched victory during extra-time when Eder’s sublime finish handed his nation their first piece of silverware.

Here, we rate and slate the players’ performances in the Stade de France.


Eder: Celebrates his winner with Pepe

RUI PATRICIO: Denied Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud in normal time to frustrate France and capped an excellent tournament with a crucial shut-out in the final. – 7.5/10

CEDRIC SOARES: A steady display from the Southampton right-back, but tested by France substitute Kingsley Coman – 6

RAPHAEL GUERREIRO: A crucial outlet down the left. Hit the bar with an extra-time free-kick – 7

PEPE: A rock solid performer in the heart of the defence and kept the French attack at bay with a number of timely interceptions and tackles. Turned by Andre-Pierre Gignac late on, but an otherwise quality display at the back – 8

JOSE FONTE: A composed display from the Southampton defender and rarely looked troubled – 7

WILLIAM CARVALHO: Solid, nullifying the threat of France’s attacking midfielders – 6


CRISTIANO RONALDO: The talisman was carried off on a stretcher midway through the first half to spark tears of frustration– 6

JOAO MARIO: The tricky winger had his moments, but they were few and far between – 7

NANI: A threatening presence, but did not have the opportunity to run at France as often as he would have liked – 7

RENATO SANCHES: Not quite as influential as he been, but was neat and tidy in the middle of the park – 6

ADRIEN SILVA: Energetic performance, but little opportunity to show his quality – 6


RICARDO QUARESMA (for Ronaldo, 25 minutes): One acrobatic effort apart, pretty ineffective – 6

JOAO MOUTINHO (for Silva, 67): Was unable to exert his playmaking influence – 6

EDER (for Sanches, 79): A stunning goal for the Swansea flop settled the final in Portugal’s favour – 7.5



HUGO LLORIS: Saved from Nani and Quaresma in quick succession and could do nothing about the goal – 7

BACARY SAGNA: A composed performance from the Manchester City defender – 6

PATRICE EVRA: Calm display. Rarely did Portugal test the 35-year-old’s pace by running at him – 6.5

LAURENT KOSCIELNY: Started well, but looked nervous as the match progressed – 6

SAMUEL UMTITI: Made some good interceptions and clearly reads the game well, but the Barcelona-bound defender was exposed on occasions – 6

Moussa Sissoko: Takes on the Portugal defence

MOUSSA SISSOKO: The Newcastle man was full of energy and France’s best performer on the night. He’s likely to be a man in demand now… – 8

DIMITRI PAYET: His robust challenge led to Ronaldo’s departure, but endured his least effective performance of the tournament to date. – 5.5

BLAISE MATUIDI: The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder ran and ran, but did not get his rewards – 7

OLIVIER GIROUD: Spurned a good chance in the second half before being replaced. Tidy on the ball, but little threat where it mattered – 6

PAUL POGBA: Played a deep-lying role, where his influence was limited. A £100million footballer? Not if you watched this performance alone! – 5

ANTOINE GRIEZMANN: Two chances, both headers, but no goal. Not as clinical as previously – 6


KINGSLEY COMAN (for Payet, 58): Created chances for France, but his team-mates could not seize them – 7

ANDRE-PIERRE GIGNAC (for Giroud, 78): Hit the post in second-half stoppage time – 6

ANTHONY MARTIAL (for Sissoko, 110): Had too little time to stretch Portugal – 6


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