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A summary of Chelsea’s players in the Euros.
Euro Performances –
Petr Cech (Czech Republic)
1-4 v Russia – Played 90 minutes (5)
Shipped as many goals in 90 minutes against Russia as he did in his last five Champions League knockout games.
2-1 v Greece – Played 90 minutes (5)
Produced an absolute howler to gift Greece a way back into the game, coming hesitantly for an easy ball, then letting it slip through his grasp.
1-0 v Poland – Played 90 minutes (6)
A decent first-half save from Boenisch as he bounced back after his blunder against Greece.
0-1 v Portugal – Played 90 minutes (9)
Kept his country in their quarter-final with a number of superb saves but was finally beaten by a Cristiano Ronaldo header after 79 minutes as Portugal progressed to the last four.
Raul Meireles (Portugal)
0-1 v Germany – Played 80 minutes (5)
Helped Portugal play well in spells against one of the favourites for the trophy, but did not shine.
3-2 v Denmark – Played 84 minutes (6)
Completed just 55 per cent of his passes against Denmark, who enjoyed the majority of the possession. Three shots from range all failed to test the keeper.
2-1 v Netherlands – Played 72 minutes (6)
A steady showing from the midfielder, who completed 95 per cent of his passes as Portugal overran the Dutch midfield.
1-0 v Czech Republic – Played 90 minutes (7)
Though incredibly wasteful when shooting himself, the midfielder created a number of good chances for his team-mates as they gradually wore down their opponents.
0-0 v Spain – Played 113 minutes (6)
After a brisk start from Portugal, Meireles’s influence waned, and he was taken off – clearly exhausted – seven minutes before penalties.
Fernando Torres (Spain)
1-1 v Italy – 73rd minute substitute, booked (5)
Looked bright and energetic after coming off the bench, but missed two clear chances.
4-0 v Ireland – Played 74 minutes, scored twice (8)
His best game in a Spain shirt for nearly two years, Torres responded to the challenge of a starting berth with two well-taken goals. Was a threat throughout.
1-0 v Croatia – Played 61 minutes (5)
A lacklustre performance that convinced coach Vicente del Bosque to withdraw his only striker and replace him with a midfielder.
2-0 v France – 67th minute substitute (6)
Again Spain opted for six midfielders rather than calling on Torres from the start. He ran gamely for the team in the latter stages, without providing much of a threat.
0-0 v Portugal – did not play
4-0 v Spain – 75th minute substitute (9)
What an impact. In 15 minutes Torres grabbed a goal and an assist, helping himself to the Golden Boot in the process.
Juan Mata (Spain)
1-1 v Italy – Did not play
4-0 v Ireland – Did not play
1-0 v Croatia – Did not play
2-0 v France – Did not play
0-0 v Portugal – Did not play
4-0 v Italy – 87th minute substitute (8)
Finally got a taste of tournament action, and took just a minute to score, finishing off from Torres’s unselfish lay-off.
Florent Malouda (France)
1-1 v England – Played 85 minutes (6)
A patchy performance from the Chelsea man, who never really convinced in a more central role. His use of the ball was unimpressive and he was rarely a threat to the England defence.
2-0 v Ukraine – Did not play
0-2 v Sweden – 59th minute substitute (6)
Brought on soon after Sweden went in front, but was no more effective than the men on the field as Les Bleus slipped to a disappointing defeat.
0-2 v Spain – Played 65 minutes (5)
An evening to forget for Malouda, who was given a central role in a packed France midfield. His failure to track back allowed Xabi Alonso a free run on goal to score the opener.
Ashley Cole (England)
1-1 v France – Played 90 minutes (6)
Was not the busiest member of the England back four with Nasri often drifting to the centre from the right, but coped well when called upon in his usual unfussy style.
3-2 v Sweden – Played 90 minutes (6)
Not the most comfortable evening for Cole. A rare misjudgement from a long ball hinted at a below-par performance and he duly delivered. Still, neither goal was his fault and he did cope well with Larsson on the right of the Sweden midfield.
1-0 v Ukraine – Played 90 minutes (6)
Misjudged a bouncing ball and was fortunate that Gusev did not punish him early on. Cole looked somewhat out of sorts in a nervous, rather insipid first half for England but along with his side improved in the second.
0-0 (2-4 pens) v Italy – Played 120 minutes (6)
Another average performance over 120 minutes – and that is no criticism of a consistently excellent player – Cole’s awful penalty saw Italy decisively take back the initiative in the penalty shoot-out.
John Terry (England)
1-1 v France – Played 90 minutes (7)
A typically robust performance from the former captain in the first half as he took one pass away from Benzema with an outstretched leg and made his presence felt in the box.
3-2 v Sweden – Played 90 minutes (6)
Was typically alert as he cut out a number of Sweden passes in the final third, but suffered one nervy moment when appearing to lose all pace altogether and being overtaken by Ibrahimovic in Sweden’s right channel. Should have scored when heading at Isaksson from close range.
1-0 v Ukraine – Played 90 minutes (7)
Another fine performance from one of England’s best players at the tournament. He helped repel a succession of Ukraine attacks but should have done better with a header at the other end. His crucial moment came when, having been exposed in the build-up, he cleared from under the bar, even if the match officials failed to spot it had already crossed the line.
0-0 (2-4 on pens) v Italy – Played 120 minutes (8)
A defensive colossus for England, the former captain led by example with a succession of crucial tackles and blocks. Terry was also unfortunate not to win a penalty when having his shirt blatantly tugged in the Italy box.