EURO '08: Romania stifles France

[FRANCE-ROMANIA REPORT CARD] Group C, the requisite "Group of Death," kicked off with a barely a heart murmur, as a resilient Romanian eight-man phalanx blunted just about everything the French could muster. Romanian catalyst Cristian Chivu played a cagier game than counterpart Franck Ribery, and left back Razvan Rat highlighted an excellent match for the back line with a few daring runs. Soccer America's Ridge Mahoney grades the players.

France Player Ratings
GRADE PLAYER (CLUB) GP/G
5 Gregory Coupet (Lyon) 32/0
5 Willy Sagnol (Bayern Munich) 57/0
6 Lilian Thuram (Barcelona) 141/2
5 William Gallas (Arsenal) 63/2
5 Eric Abidal (Barcelona) 36/0
5 Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich) 28/4
4 Claude Makelele (Chelsea) 69/0
5 Jeremy Toulalan (Lyon) 14/0
3 Florent Malouda (Chelsea) 40/3
3 Karim Benzema (Lyon) 12/3
4 Nicolas Anelka (Chelsea) 49/11
Subs:
nr Samir Nasri (Marseille) 11/2
4 Bafetimbi Gomis (St. Etienne) 3/2

Romania Player Ratings
GRADE PLAYER (CLUB) GP/G
5 Bogdan Lobont (Dinamo Bucharest) 64/0
5 Cosmin Contra (Getafe) 64/7
6 Dorin Goian (Steaua Bucharest) 20/3
6 Gabriel Tamas (Auxerre) 33/2
7 Razvan Rat (Shakhtar Donetsk) (49/1
4 Razvan Cocis (Lok. Moscow) 22/1
5 Mirel Radoi (Steaua Bucharest) 44/1
6 Cristian Chivu (Inter Milan) 60/3
5 Daniel Niculae (Auxerre) 23/5
5 Banel Nicolita (Steaua Bucharest) 21/1
4 Adrian Mutu (Fiorentina) 62/28
Subs:
nr Nicolae Dica (Steaua Bucharest) 26/8
nr Marius Niculae (Inverness) 31/13
5 Paul Codrea (Siena) 34/1

(1=low; 5=average, 10=high.)

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