Written by Ethan Mason
Following a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Croatia, Spain surrendered their spot at the top of group D as the reigning European Champions booked themselves an unscheduled date with Italy in the last 16 of Euro 2016. The 2010 World Cup winners looked set to finish their group with maximum points after Alvaro Morata’s early opener, however following Niko Kalinic’s half time equaliser and Ivan Perisic’s late winner meant that the Spaniards had to settle for second place in the group stages. With manager Vicente Del Bosque naming an unchanged starting XI, here is each players rating.
David De Gea – 3/10
On the whole had a poor a game. Was at fault for Croatia’s winning goal, and nearly gifted them an equaliser mid way through the first half. He struggled to command his box and was uncharacteristically clumsy with his feet.
Juanfran – 5/10
Indecisive with the ball at times. Struggled with his defensive duties and lost the ball at key moments for his team.
Gerrard Pique – 7/10
One of Spain’s best players. Did well to nullify the threat of the oppositions attacking threat, however was helpless to prevent Perisic’s winning goal.
Sergio Ramos – 3/10
Was an all round poor evening for the defender. Was potentially at fault for the first goal after losing his marker and missed a vital penalty for his team.
Jordi Alba – 6/10
Played well. Used his pace and movement to often get in the right areas for Spain, however only lacked accuracy with his crosses.
Andres Iniesta – 7/10
Iniesta was composed and accurate with his passing as always. However he wasn’t as effective on the game as he would have liked but tried to create openings for his team.
Cesc Fabregas – 6/10
Assisted Morata for Spain’s opening goal and looked the part in the first half with his vision and movement. Also linked up well with David Silva in the first half , however as the game went on looked less influential.
David Silva – 6/10
Demonstrated great vision to play Fabregas in for his team’s goal and remained calm in possession for most parts of the game. However looked tired towards the end, and missed a crucial chance for Spain in the last minute for a potential equaliser.
Nolito – 6/10
Was good on the ball and always provided a threat for Spain going forward. Despite starting in an unfavoured position still tried to affect the game before being substituted mid way through the second half.
Alvaro Morata – 6/10
Scorer for his teams opening goal. Was a nuisance for the Croatian defence, however had few chances to feed off in the second half and just liked most of his team mates struggled to get into the game the longer it went on.
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