Barclays Premier League - Premwatch: Fab finish for Spain

Eurosport - Sun, 11 Jul 21:45:00 2010

A final glance at the participation of the non-English Premier League players at the World Cup in South Africa.

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(Eurosport-Yahoo! rating in brackets)

Arsenal:

Nicklas Bendtner - Denmark

v Netherlands - played 62 minutes: Missed a great goal chance to give Denmark the lead although was not fully fit after injury. (5)

v Cameroon - played 90 minutes: A real threat. Combined well with Rommedahl and Tomasson. (7)

v Japan - played 90 minutes: Booked and got little change out of the outstanding Nakazawa. (8)

Gael Clichy - France

v Uruguay - did not play.

v Mexico - did not play.

v South Africa - played 90 minutes: First and last game of the finals. (5)

Abou Diaby - France

v Uruguay - played 90 minutes: Got the nod over Florent Malouda to start and initially impressed with some surging runs from midfield. (7)

v Mexico - played 90 minutes: Spent most of his time trying to hunt down attacking Mexican players. (3)

v South Africa - played 90 minutes: Booked and failed to exert authority on the game. (5)

Emmanuel Eboue - Ivory Coast

v Portugal - played 89 minutes: Didn't get forward with his usual dynamism. (6)

v Brazil - played 72 minutes: Worked hard, but always swimming against the tide. (6)

v North Korea - played 90 minutes: Solid performance. Always willing to support the attack. (8)

Cesc Fabregas - Spain

v Switzerland - did not play.

v Honduras - played 34 minutes: Saw one shot whacked off the line. Difficult to judge him in such a one-sided contest. (6)

v Chile - played 35 minutes: Quite lively when he was introduced for Fernando Torres. (6)

v Portugal - did not play.

v Paraguay - came on after 56 minutes: Introduction changed Spain’s shape and helped them keep the ball better. (7)

v Germany - did not play

v Netherlands - came on after 87 minutes: Provided the crucial assist for Andres Iniesta's winning goal and was a bright spark from the outset. (8)

William Gallas - France

v Uruguay - played 90 minutes: Marshalled Diego Forlan well for the most part and kept a clean sheet. (6);

v Mexico - played 90 minutes: Hesitant evening for the defender. Was posted missing at the opening goal. (4)

v South Africa - played 90 minutes: Was given a torrid time by Mphela when his side were reduced to 10 men. (5)

Bacary Sagna - France

v Uruguay - played 90 minutes: Solid enough in keeping Uruguay strike-force at bay in goalless draw. (6)

v Mexico - played 90 minutes: Best of a bad bunch in French back four. (5)

v South Africa - played 90 minutes: Forgettable afternoon for the Arsenal defender in the French defence. (5)

Alexandre Song - Cameroon

v Japan - did not play.

v Denmark - played 90 minutes: Stopped a certain goal by Tomasson after giving away possession. (6)

v Netherlands - did not play.

Robin van Persie - Netherlands

v Denmark - played 77 minutes: Missed two chances he would have usually buried. (6)

v Japan - played 88 minutes: Replaced by Jan Klass Huntelaar with only two minutes remaining. Found it difficult to win space against a well organised Japan side. (6)

v Cameroon - played 59 minutes. Scored a fine goal. Should be more to come from him before this tournament is out. (7)

v Slovakia - played 80 minutes: Started brightly but by the time he was taken off looked slightly jaded. Perhaps still not quite fully fit. (6)

v Brazil - played 85 minutes: Linked up well with Robben but rarely threatened Julio Cesar's goal. Especially poor from free-kicks, and still not looking entirely happy. (6)

v Uruguay - played 90 minutes: Not suited to playing up top on his own but worked hard throughout despite being carefully watched by the Uruguay defence. (6)

v Spain - played 120 minutes: Was starved for service and was unable to make any real impact on the final for his side. (6)

Carlos Vela - Mexico

v South Africa - played 69 minutes: Had a first-half goal chalked off for offside. (6)

v France - played 32 minutes: Came off with a hamstring problem and could miss rest of the tournament. (7)

v Uruguay - did not play.

v Argentina - did not play.

Aston Villa:

Brad Guzan - USA

v England - did not play.

v Slovenia - did not play.

v Algeria - did not play.

v Ghana - did not play.

Birmingham:

Nikola Zigic - Serbia

v Ghana - played 69 minutes: The big man failed to make an impact before being taken off. (5)

v Germany - played 90 minutes: Hit the crossbar and played his part in winning goal. (6)

v Australia - played 64 minutes: Pretty poor showing. Missed a free header as Serbia chased the opening goal. (5)

Blackburn:

Brett Emerton - Australia

v Germany - played 74 minutes: Made minimal impact on the game. (5)

v Ghana - played 90 minutes: Gave his lot and helped to stem the tide when the Aussies when down to 10. (6)

v Serbia: played 90 minutes: Was booked, but always industrious. (7)

Vince Grella - Australia

v Germany - played 45 minutes: Struggled against the German midfielder before being taken off at the break. (4)

v Ghana - did not play.

v Serbia: did not play.

Lars Jacobsen - Denmark

v Netherlands - played 90 minutes: A comfortable afternoon before Elerio Elia's introduction, from which point he was given the run-around. (5)

v Cameroon - Played 90 minutes. Given a stern examination as Cameroon piled bodies forward in the second period. (6)

v Japan - played 90 minutes: Didn't really contribute much. (4)

Ryan Nelsen - New Zealand

v Slovakia - played 90 minutes: Typically stout at the heart of a three-man defence. (6)

v Italy - played 90 minutes: Outstanding effort by the Blackburn defender. The best player on the park. (9)

v Paraguay - played 90 minutes: Another formidable display. (8)

Bolton:

Lee Chung-yong - South Korea

v Greece - played 90 minutes: The Bolton man continues to show form that made him a fan favourite at end of the season. (8)

v Argentina - played 90 minutes: Korea's best player, scored a goal and set up a golden chance for an equaliser. (7)

v Nigeria - played 90 minutes: Almost scored in the opening seconds. Worthwhile outing. (7)

v Uruguay - played 90 minutes: Scored an opportunistic header after a defensive error from Uruguay and worked hard throughout. Good World Cup (7)

Stuart Holden - USA

v England - played four minutes: Holden came on with four minutes left in the match, so had no chance to impress. (5)

v Slovenia - did not play.

v Algeria - did not play.

v Ghana - did not play.

Danny Shittu - Nigeria

v Argentina - played 90 minutes: Ran ragged by Messi and co. (5)

v Greece - played 90 minutes: Strong at the back and a physical presence. (6)

v South Korea - played 90 minutes: Almost scored an own goal, but recovered from a knee injury to help his side's cause. (6)

Chelsea:

Nicolas Anelka - France

v Uruguay - played 72 minutes: Disappointed up front and did not threaten to score. (5)

v Mexico - played 45 minutes: Awful performance by the Chelsea forward. Did little before being hooked at the break. (3)

v South Africa - did not play.

Branislav Ivanovic - Serbia

v Ghana - played 90 minutes: One marauding run but was kept busy by Andre Ayew (6)

v Germany - played 90 minutes. The Chelsea player enjoyed a decent afternoon, even if Podolski gave him a few problems. (5)

v Australia - played 90 minutes. A solid display. Unlucky not to score for Serbia. (7)

Florent Malouda - France

v Uruguay - played 15 minutes: Fired a shot wide, but did not have enough time to make huge impact. (6)

v Mexico - played 90 minutes: Brought out a fine save from the Mexico keeper, but will want to forget this one. (5)

v South Africa - played 45 minutes: Enjoyed a decent second half. Scored the French goal, even it was too little, too late. (6)

Salomon Kalou - Ivory Coast

v Portugal - played 66 minutes: Below par, one decent chance straight at Eduardo. (5)

v Brazil - played 68 minutes. Was replaced after Brazil's third. Not his night. (5)

v North Korea - played 26 minutes: A worthwhile contribution from the bench. Scored one, but could have had more. (7)

Didier Drogba - Ivory Coast

v Portugal - played 24 minutes: Drogba came on after the hour mark and had one late chance but failed to direct an effort on target. (5)

v Brazil - played 90 minutes: Quiet for long periods, but scored a fine header. (6)

v North Korea - played 90 minutes: A bit like Samuel Eto'o and Cameroon. Scored against Brazil, but hit the bar here. Left to reflect on what might have been. (7)

Paulo Ferreira - Portugal

v Ivory Coast - played 90 minutes: Largely subdued Kalou but did not get forward so much. (6);

v North Korea - did not play.

v Brazil - did not play.

v Spain - did not play.

Ricardo Carvalho - Portugal

v Ivory Coast - played 90 minutes: Let Gervinho wriggle past him but a clean sheet nonetheless. (5)

v North Korea - played 90 minutes - a solid performance from the Chelsea defender. Hit the post early on, but was rarely troubled in defence. (7)

v Brazil - played 90 minutes: a stout performance at the heart of the Portugal defence. (7)

v Spain - played 90 minutes: Kept Fernando Torres and the Spanish strike force at bay for just over an hour but looked unsettled at the introduction of the more physical Fernando Llorente. (6)

Deco - Portugal

v Ivory Coast - played 62 minutes: Completely off the pace, a passenger. Worst player on the park, hauled off just after an hour. (4)

v North Korea - did not play.

v Brazil - did not play.

v Spain - did not play.

Everton:

Jan Mucha - Slovakia

v Italy - played 90 minutes: Conceded another two, but could not really have done much about either. (6)

v Paraguay - played 90 minutes: Conceded twice. (6)

v New Zealand - played 90 minutes: Solid enough performance on his World Cup debut, although will be disappointing to have conceded a late equaliser. (6)

v Netherlands - played 90 minutes: Made some top drawer saves to keep the Dutch at bay but was at fault for the second with an ill-advised rush off his line. (6)

Steven Pienaar - South Africa

v Mexico - played 83 minutes: Some nice touches but was substituted during the second half. (7)

v Uruguay - played 79 minutes: Made way for Josephs after Khune's red card. Tried his best, but a difficult night. (5)

v France - played 90 minutes: Energetic outing for the midfielder. Did his best keep alive South African hopes. (7)

Joseph Yobo - Nigeria

v Argentina - played 90 minutes: Made some vital last-ditch clearances. (6)

v Greece - played 90 minutes: Commanded his defence, but one horror clearance handed Gekas a sitter. (5)

v South Korea - played 45 minutes: Mysteriously hooked after 45 minutes. (6)

Aiyegbeni Yakubu - Nigeria

v Argentina - played 90 minutes: Ploughed a long furrow up front but showed signs of being back to full fitness. (6)

v Greece - played 90 minutes: Still looks a yard off his best after injury nightmare. (5)

v South Korea - played 70 minutes: Scored a penalty, but will forever be remembered for that awful miss. (5)

Tim Howard - USA

v England - played 90 minutes: Could do nothing about the goal but repelled everything else thrown at him. (7)

v Slovenia - played 90 minutes: Rooted to the spot for the first goal. (6)

v Algeria - played 90 minutes: A safe pair of hands. (6)

v Ghana - played 120 minutes: Culpable for the first goal, had little chance with the second but made one superb save to deny Kwadwo Asamoah. (6)

Tim Cahill - Australia

v Germany - played 56 minutes: Missed a trademark header early on and saw a straight red in the second half. (5)

v Ghana - did not play.

v Serbia - played 90 minutes. A superb performance. Great header and a constant threat. (8)

John Heitinga - Netherlands

v Denmark - played 90 minutes: The Danes offered little up front so he had a quiet game. (6)

v Japan - played 90 minutes: A solid if unspectacular performance in quelling the Japanese advances. (6)

v Cameroon - played 90 minutes: Has had better games, but then again he was up against Eto'o. (6)

v Slovakia - played 90 minutes: Solid performance at the back as the Dutch advanced to the quarter-finals. (6)

v Brazil - played 90 minutes: Shaky first-half partnership with Ooijer, and picked up a yellow card. Stronger in the second half as Brazil's threat dwindled. (6)

v Uruguay - played 90 minutes: Rarely put a foot long and always looked to play the simple pass. (6)

v Spain - played 109 minutes: The Dutch utility man made a stunning block to deny Villa with the Spain striker looking to drive the ball home from close range and with Stekelenburg beaten all ends up. However, his evening was spoilt in extra-time as he became the fifth man to be sent off in a World Cup final. (6)

Fulham:

Clint Dempsey - USA

v England - played 90 minutes: Was rewarded for his speculative effort with the equalising goal. (7)

v Slovenia - played 90 minutes: Lucky to avoid a red card for elbowing Ljubijankic in the face in the opening minute. (6)

v Algeria - played 90 minutes: Outstanding effort by Dempsey. Had an offside goal wrongly ruled off and also smacked the inside of a post with a shot. (8)

v Ghana - played 120 minutes: Became more influential when pushed further upfield. Won the penalty with an outrageous backheel nutmeg. (7)

Dickson Etuhu - Nigeria

v Argentina - played 90 minutes: Swamped in midfield. (5)

v Greece - played 90 minutes: Complained about playing at altitude and struggled when Nigeria were reduced to 10 men. (5)

v South Korea - played 90 minutes: A solid enough night, even if his side suffered an early exit. (6)

Kagisho Dikgacoi - South Africa

v Mexico - played 90 minutes: Went close with a first-half header. (6)

v Uruguay - played 90 minutes: An industrious display, but the midfielder contributed little going forward. (4)

v France - did not play.

John Pantsil - Ghana

v Serbia - played 90 minutes: Strong performance from the Fulham man. (7)

v Australia - played 90 minutes: Solid, but had to depart after suffering a nasty head injury. (6)

v Germany - played 90 minutes: did well to frustrate the Germany forwards. (6)

v USA - played 120 minutes. Part of a solid rearguard action that repelled a sustained US onslaught for the whole second half. (7)

v Uruguay - played 120 minutes. Lucky not to give away a penalty in extra-time, but otherwise it was another typically solid performance. (6)

Mark Schwarzer - Australia

v Germany - played 90 minutes: Conceded four but at least made a few decent saves to keep it to that. (6)

v Ghana - played 90 minutes: Fine effort by the Aussie keeper when his side went down to 10 men. (6)

v Serbia - played 90 minutes: A solid enough show. Unlucky to concede when he failed to hold a wicked shot from distance. (7)

Philippe Senderos - Switzerland

v Spain - played 36 minutes: forced off early after sliding in and kicking his own team-mate. (6)

v Chile - did not play.

v Honduras - did not play.

Liverpool:

Daniel Agger - Denmark

v Netherlands - played 90 minutes: Some raking diagonal balls and coped well with Van Persie, although was involved in the own-goal. (6)

v Cameroon - played 90 minutes: Looked a bit uncomfortable trying to keep Eto'o under wraps. (6)

v Japan - played 90 minutes: Solid enough on a bad night for his country. (6)

v Spain - played 70 minutes: Kuyt was as energetic and bright as ever, but did most of his work back in the Netherlands half and was not able to muster much going forward. Defended well when required, and was typically unselfish. (6)

Ryan Babel - Netherlands

v Denmark - did not play.

v Japan - did not play.

v Cameroon - did not play.

v Slovakia - did not play.

v Brazil - did not play.

v Spain - did not play.

Sotirios Kyrgiakos - Greece

v South Korea - did not play.

v Nigeria - played 90 minutes: Had a host of chances from set-pieces with one destined for the top corner superbly saved. (6)

v Argentina - played 90 minutes: Solid game for the Liverpool defender, but will be disappointed with the late goals. (6)

Dirk Kuyt - Netherlands

v Denmark - played 90 minutes: Workaholic as always and got a goal. (7)

v Japan - played 90 minutes: Didn't real find any space to display his striking talents. (7)

v Cameroon - played 66 minutes: The striker appeared in his 31st straight game for the Dutch. Was booked early on. (6)

v Slovakia - played 90 minutes: As always a willing runner, he made the second goal and could have had one himself. (7)

v Brazil - played 90 minutes: Perfect flick-on for Sneijder's goal, and made a couple of quality runs against some tired Brazilian legs late on in the match. (7)

v Uruguay - played 90 minutes: Ran his socks off, as usual, and got into good positions on both flanks. Excellent cross for Robben's goal. (7)

Javier Mascherano - Argentina

v Nigeria - played 90 minutes: The Liverpool midfielder was at his combative best. (8)

v South Korea - played 90 minutes: Covered acres of ground in midfield. (7)

v Greece - did not play.

v Mexico - played 90 minutes: Ran around putting in tackles and protecting the defence as usual. (6)

v Germany - played 90 minutes: Bastian Schweinsteiger dominated a light Argentina midfield, although Mascherano put in some good tackles and passed well.(6)

Jose Manuel Reina - Spain

v Switzerland - did not play.

v Honduras - did not play.

v Chile - did not play.

v Portugal - did not play.

v Paraguay - did not play.

v Germany - did not play.

v Netherlands - did not play.

Maxi Rodriguez - Argentina

v Nigeria - played 16 minutes: Rodriguez came on after 74 minutes and was subsequently given little chance to shine. (5)

v South Korea - played 90 minutes: Swung the ball into the box for the second goal. (7)

v Greece - played 63 minutes: Did a decent enough job in the midfield. (6)

v Mexico - played 87 minutes: Worked hard to support Tevez, Messi and co. but picked up an injury late on. (6)

v Germany - played 90 minutes: Is not a central midfielder. Looked weak and slow and, a few nice touches aside, barely got a look in. (5)

Martin Skrtel - Slovakia

v New Zealand - played 90 minutes: He and partner Durica exposed on a couple of occasions (6)

v Paraguay - played 90 minutes: Mostly reliable, but gave a few causes for concern. (7)

v Italy - played 90 minutes: Cleared one off line and contributed to a historic win. (7)

v Netherlands - played 90 minutes: Handled the threat of Robin van Persie well, but gave away the free-kick that led to the all-important second goal. (6)

Fernando Torres - Spain

v Switzerland - played 29 minutes: The forward looked rusty after his knee op and missed a couple of half-decent chances. (5)

v Honduras - played 70 minutes: Missed three decent first-half chances. (5)

v Chile - played 55 minutes: Still struggling to hit top gear. Was replaced by Fabregas. (5)

v Portugal - played 59 minutes: Struggled to make an impact again and still looked some way from full match fitness. Spain looked better without him. (5)

v Paraguay - played 56 minutes: Has had a poor World Cup and this was his worst game. His movement was slow and his touch deserted him. Will be lucky to start against Germany. (4)

v Germany - came on after 80 minutes: Held the ball up well but still looked off the pace and responsible for one poor decision in trying to go it alone with David Silva free. (6)

v Netherlands - Oh dear. The Liverpool striker was given 14 minutes in extra time, and sadly the only memorable moment for him was appearing to pull his hamstring. The final ended with the forward lying flat on his back in agony. (5)

Manchester City:

Carlos Tevez - Argentina

v Nigeria - played 90 minutes: A typical workaholic performance from the City striker. (6)

v South Korea) - played 75 minutes: Superb tireless running. (8)

v Greece - did not play.

v Mexico - played 69 minutes: Scored twice in a super performance - one should not have been allowed, but the other was a strike of sheer quality. (8)

v Germany - played 90 minutes: Ran around in typically energetic fashion but did not show his usual quality. Did not have any clear chances. (5)

Nigel de Jong - Netherlands

v Denmark - played 88 minutes: Could have seen red early for a two footed challenge. (6)

v Japan - played 90 minutes: Always busy and a vital part of the Dutch side. (6)

v Cameroon - played 90 minutes: Nearly scored a rare goal in the second half. (6)

v Slovakia - played 90 minutes: Did well to stifle the creative threat of Marek Hamsik in midfield. (6)

v Brazil - played 90 minutes: Booked for a needless tug on Robinho and will miss the semi-final. Otherwise a typically strong, stifling performance. (6)

v Spain - What mark do you give a man who should have been sent off twice? De Jong was his usual industrious self, and screened the Netherlands back four effectively. Was replaced in the first half of extra-time. (6)

Roque Santa Cruz - Paraguay

v Italy - played 22 minutes: Santa Cruz came on with just over 20 minutes left - did not look match fit but won a few headers. (5)

v Slovakia - played 90 minutes: Almost scored. Looked a real threat. (7)

v New Zealand - played 90 minutes: Not his most effective day in a Paraguay shirt. (6)

v Japan - played 94 minutes: Struggled to find a way through a well-organised Japan defence. The one time he did he fired wide. (6)

v Spain - came on after 73 minutes: Replaced Nelson Valdez and, while he seems a bit immobile, was denied a late equaliser by Iker Casillas. (6)

Vladimir Weiss - Slovakia

v New Zealand - played 90 minutes: Very impressive quick feet, our man-of-the-match. He went off, they conceded an equaliser. (8)

v Paraguay - played 90 minutes: Displayed potential, but no cutting edge. (6)

v Italy - did not play.

v Netherlands - played 90 minutes: Struggled to make an impact on the game. (6)

Kolo Toure - Ivory Coast

v Portugal - played 90 minutes: Solid but suffered with cramp late on. (6)

v Brazil - played 90 minutes: Struggled to track down Luis Fabiano. (6)

v North Korea - played 90 minutes: An assured display. Toure completed all 45 passes that he attempted in the match. A class above the North Koreans. (8)

Robinho - Brazil

v Chile - played 85 minutes: Another excellent performance from the forward, which included a super goal and even some tracking back to defend. (8)

v North Korea - played 90 minutes. Was Brazil's best player and got a superb assist for Elano's goal. Marginally outshone by Korean Jong Tae-Se. (8)

v Ivory Coast - played 90 minutes: Early attempt on goal but largely on the fringes (7)

v Portugal - did not play.

v Netherlands - played 90 minutes: Cool finish to give Brazil the lead. Looked dangerous on the ball, but was petulant off it. (7)

Manchester United:

Patrice Evra - France

v Uruguay - played 90 minutes: Skippered Les Bleus and got forward well enough. Booked early for cynical pull back. (6)

v Mexico - played 90 minutes: The United defender looked uncomfortable all night - a bit like the French side. (4)

v South Africa - did not play.

Javier Hernandez - Mexico

v South Africa - played 17 minutes: After coming on late in the second half, it was an encouraging cameo from United's new signing. (6)

v France - came on after 55 minutes: Scored the goal that gave his side the lead. Highly impressive contribution. (7)

v Uruguay - played 27 minutes: Lively but could not turn the game in Mexico's favour. (7)

v Argentina - played 90 minutes: Scored a stunning goal and went close on a few other occasions. (8)

Park Ji-sung - South Korea

v Greece - played 90 minutes: Scored in a third consecutive World Cup finals and put in an all-energy performance once again. (8)

v Argentina - played 90 minutes: Not as lively as against the Greeks. (6)

v Nigeria - played 90 minutes: The skipper led by example, but should maybe have looked rather than passed in the second half. (7)

v Uruguay - played 90 minutes: Led by example but it was not quite enough against a well-drilled side. (7)

Nemanja Vidic - Serbia

v Ghana - played 90 minutes: Solid enough and could do nothing about the goal. (6)

v Germany - played 90 minutes. Excellent apart from the hand that conceded the penalty which Germany missed. (7)

v Australia - played 90 minutes: Decent performance, but was nowhere when Tim Cahill rose to score for Australia with his head. (7)

Newcastle:

Jonas Gutierrez - Argentina

v Nigeria - played 90 minutes: Exposed a couple of times but he was playing out of position at right-back. (6)

v South Korea - played 90 minutes: Again coped well in an unfamiliar defensive role. (6)

v Greece - did not play.

v Mexico - came on as a 79th-minute sub: Helped fill the gaps as Argentina resisted a late Mexico surge. (6)

v Germany - did not play.

Stoke City:

Thomas Sorensen - Denmark

v Netherlands - played 90 minutes: No chance with the freakish own goal and unlucky for the second. (7)

v Cameroon - played 90 minutes: A class display. Brilliant save from Emana late on to keep Cameroon at bay. (7)

v Japan - played 90 minutes: A forgettable night for the keeper as his country crashed out. (4)

Sunderland:

Paulo da Silva - Paraguay

v Italy - played 90 minutes: Was superb at the heart of defence alongside Antolin Alcaraz, barely putting a foot wrong. (8)

v Slovakia - played 90 minutes: The Sunderland defender enjoyed a comfortable afternoon. (6)

v New Zealand - played 90 minutes: Solid enough afternoon, but New Zealand didn't do much attacking. (7)

v Japan - played 120 minutes: Impressive defensive performance from the Sunderland man, although Japan offered little going forward. (7)

v Spain - played 90 minutes: Manful at the back, the defender had a fine tournament and was helpless to stop Andres Iniesta in the build-up to the goal. (7)

Cristian Riveros - Paraguay

v Italy - played 90 minutes: Put in a nasty reducer on Riccardo Montolivo in the first minute that the Italian was lucky to get up front. (5)

v Slovakia - played 90 minutes: Scored the second goal and was impressive throughout. (7)

v New Zealand - played 90 minutes: Was given a remit to retain possession. Helped Paraguay record the draw they required. (6)

v Japan - played 120 minutes: Impressive performance in midfield and kept cool to score a penalty in the shoot-out. (7)

v Spain - played 90 minutes: Had a decent game, working hard and tidy in possession as Paraguay frustrated Spain for large parts. (6)

Tottenham:

Giovani Dos Santos - Mexico

v South Africa - played 90 minutes: Man-of-the-match performance and was at the heart of all Mexico's best moves. (8)

v France - played 90 minutes: A constant threat. All that was missing was a goal. (8)

v Uruguay - played 90 minutes: Part of a three-man attack, but could not find the net. (6)

v Argentina - played 90 minutes: Looks a fine player for his country, was involved in much of their attacking play although had few chances of his own. (7)

Sebastien Bassong - Cameroon

v Japan - played 90 minutes: Solid but Japan hardly threw men forward. (6)

v Denmark - played 73 minutes: Booked and substituted as Cameroon chased a later equaliser. (6)

v Netherlands - did not play.

Benoit Assou-Ekotto - Cameroon

v Japan - played 90 minutes: Started brightly but then continued to give the wall away. (5)

v Denmark - played 90 minutes: a match to forget for the Tottenham man. Struggled to hunt down the pace of the Danish forward. (6)

v Netherlands - played 90 minutes: Solid effort in defence. (7)

Heurelho Gomes - Brazil

v North Korea - did not play.

v Ivory Coast - did not play.

v Portugal - did not play.

v Chile - did not play.

v Netherlands - did not play.

Wilson Palacios - Honduras

v Chile - played 90 minutes: fought manfully in the engine room but overrun by Chile's adventure. (6)

v Spain - played 90 minutes: Tried to break up as many Spanish raids as possible in what was a thankless outing. (5)

v Switzerland - played 90 minutes: A robust outing as part of a stout Honduran defence. (7)

West Brom:

Marek Cech - Slovakia

v New Zealand – played 90 minutes: Solid but the All Whites lacked width (6)

v Paraguay - did not play.

v Italy - did not play.

v Netherlands - did not play.

Chris Wood - New Zealand

v Slovakia - played 18 minutes: In the area as the equaliser went in after making a brief cameo. (6)

v Italy - played 27 minutes: Came off the bench and almost won it for the Kiwis with a shot flashing narrowly wide in the dying minutes. (7)

v Paraguay - played 21 minutes: Failed to provide the goal the Kiwis craved late on, but never lacked effort. (6)

Gonzalo Jara - Chile

v Honduras - played 38 minutes: Held his own and did nothing wrong, but made very little impact. (6)

v Switzerland - played 90 minutes. Was posted at centre back and on left. Solid enough display. (6)

v Spain - played 90 minutes: Not completely convincing. Was outpaced by Torres early on. (5)

v Brazil - played 90 minutes: At times looked out of his depth against a fluid Brazilian front four. (5)

West Ham:

Valon Behrami - Switzerland

v Spain - did not play.

v Chile - played 30 minutes - harshly sent off for catching a Chile defender with his hand. Bad day for the West Ham player. (5)

v Honduras - did not play.

Jonathan Spector - USA

v England - did not play.

v Slovenia - did not play.

v Algeria - did not play.

v Ghana - did not play.

Wigan:

Vladimir Stojkovic - Serbia

v Ghana - played 90 minutes: No mistakes from the Wigan keeper and co do nothing about the penalty. (6)

v Germany - Played 90 minutes. Made an excellent penalty stop from Podolski. (7)

v Australia - Played 90 minutes: Not the most convincing of performances. (5)

Antolin Alcaraz - Paraguay

v Italy - played 90 minutes: Very solid defensively and weighing in with a goal, he did his job and then some and looks a top signing for boss Roberto Martinez. (7)

v Slovakia - Played 90 minutes: An assured performance. Played well as his country continues to grow in confidence. (7)

v New Zealand - did not play.

v Japan - played 120 minutes: Comfortable afternoon at the back and was rarely tested by Japan's forward line. (6)

v Spain - played x minutes: Played well mostly but lucky to stay on the pitch after fouling David Villa for a penalty that was missed. Booked for that foul. (6)

Steve Gohouri - Ivory Coast

v Portugal - did not play.

v Brazil - did not play.

v North Korea - did not play.

Hendry Thomas - Honduras

v Chile - played 24 minutes: Failed to quell the Chilean tidal wave and looked pretty uncomfortable. (6)

v Spain - did not play.

v Switzerland - played 90 minutes: Got stuck in and also yellow carded as Honduras collected their first point of the finals. (7)

Maynor Figueroa - Honduras

v Chile - played 90 minutes: Made a couple of superb last-ditch tackles but was left with too much to do. (7)

v Spain - played 90 minutes: The Wigan defender did his best to cover space in what was a tough assignment. (6)

Richard Kingson - Ghana

v Serbia - a solid performance by the Wigan keeper. (8)

v Australia - played 90 minutes: At fault for Australia's opener. Will need to improve. (6)

v Germany - played 90 minutes: Solid enough. No chance with the goal. (7)

v USA - played 120 minutes: Had a good game and dealt with the barrage of high balls, making one good save from Robbie Findley. (7)

v Uruguay - played 120 minutes: Made a number of terrific saves, and had no chance for Forlan's goal. Didn't manage a save in the penalty shoot-out. (7)

Wolves:

Adlene Guedioura - Algeria

v Slovenia - played eight minutes: Came on after 82 minutes and made a few strong challenges, but ultimately had little chance to shine. (6)

v England - played nine minutes: Replaced the injured Ziani. Rarely seen as Algeria held out for a draw. (6)

v USA - played 21 minutes: Came on a second-half substitute. Little time to make an impression with America pressing. (5)

Marcus Hahnemann - USA

v England - did not play.

v Slovenia - did not play.

v Algeria - did not play.

v Ghana - did not play.

Nenad Milijas - Serbia

v Ghana - played 62 minutes: Struggled to impose himself before being taken off in a disappointing display. (5)

v Germany - did not play.

v Australia - did not play.

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