The Barca duo shined on Spain’s coronation night

Avatar of Nick John By Nick John Dec20,2023 #Barca #coronation #Spain
The Barca duo shined on Spain's coronation night 8
The Barca duo shined on Spain's coronation night 8

Although he did not have any assists or goals, Iniesta’s tireless work in the middle of the field helped Del Bosque and his team completely dominate the match for 90 minutes.

Meanwhile, on the Italian side, with 4 goals conceded, it is not surprising that midfielder Barzagli was rated the lowest in last night’s final.

Below are the scores as well as detailed evaluation of the players of both teams.

Spanish team

Iker Casillas: 7 points

Showing certainty as usual when successfully blocking Italy’s shots.

Gerard Pique: 7 points

The yellow card after the tackle with Cassano could not dim Pique’s brilliant performance.

Ramos forced Balotelli to surrender in the Euro 2012 final.

Sergio Ramos: 7 points

Defensively solid and often dominating in aerial duels, Ramos prevented Balotelli from getting close to the Spanish goal.

Arbeloa: 6 points

Playing well as a right-back, Arbeloa dispelled doubts about him being the weakest link in the Spain squad.

Jordi Alba: 8 points

Ended a perfect tournament by scoring Spain’s second goal in the 41st minute. Alba received the ball from Xavi and calmly beat Buffon.

Andres Iniesta: 9 points

Spain’s hero in the 2010 World Cup once again did the same thing in this year’s tournament.

The Barca duo shined on Spain's coronation night

Xavi completely dominated Pirlo.

Xavi: 9 points

Ignoring criticism about his poor performance in this year’s tournament, Xavi showed his class in the most important match last night.

Cesc Fabregas: 7 points

Choosing Fabregas to play in the highest position in the starting lineup made many people worried in this match.

Xabi Alonso: 7 points

The Real Madrid midfielder plays the lowest in the midfield with the task of competing for the ball and launching attacks for Spain with accurate passes to the striker players.

Sergio Busquet: 7 points

Always showing excellent ability to hold the ball and compete for the ball against the Italian midfield.

David Silva: 8 points

The opening goal in the final was only Silva’s second goal in this year’s tournament but was probably his most important goal in a Spain shirt.

Reserve

Pedro: 6 points

The Barcelona striker caused the Italian defense many problems with his speedy dribbles and smart movements.

Fernando Torres: 8 points

Entering the field in the final 15 minutes, Torres left a strong impression by scoring the third goal and assisting the fourth.

Juan Mata (not graded)

Only coming on the field in the 87th minute, Mata also scored a goal in this year’s final.

Italian team

Gianluigi Buffon: 5 points

Italy’s captain couldn’t do anything about all the goals he conceded.

Giorgio Chiellini: 3 points

Spent 21 difficult minutes on the left wing before being forced to leave the field due to injury.

Ignazio Abate: 5 points

Abate is the best player in the Italian defense, showing his certainty.

Andrea Barzagli: 2 points

A truly forgettable match for this midfielder and unfortunately it was a Euro final.

Leonardo Bonucci: 4 points

Successfully made a number of saves in the penalty area but proved difficult with the speedy movements of the Spanish midfielders.

Claudio Marchisio: 3 points

A very lackluster match for the Juventus midfielder, at least compared to previous matches.

The Barca duo shined on Spain's coronation night

Rossi is the best player on the Italian side.

Daniele De Rossi: 5 points

Rossi was the one who had more balls than Pirlo and his performance was the most impressive among the Italian players on the field.

Riccardo Montolivo: 3 points

Stuck in getting the ball up the field and causing danger towards the Spanish goal.

Andrea Pirlo: 5 points

Constantly looking for the ball and trying to make favorable passes, Pirlo seemed lost in Spain’s midfield.

Mario Balotelli: 4 points

The Italian striker showed effort in running and creating opportunities for himself.

Antonio Cassano: 5 points

Cassano tested Casillas twice in the first half with a shot from a tight angle and a cannon shot from 25 meters.

Reserve

Federico Balzaretti: 4 points

Replacing Chiellini and what he showed was no different from his predecessor as he had difficulty fending off Fabregas’ moves.

Thiago Motta (not scored)

Came on the field to replace Montolivo at the beginning of the second half but quickly left the field after 5 minutes due to injury.

Antonio Di Natale: 4 points

Missed two extremely clear opportunities in the second half to help Italy turn the game around.

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