Heurelho Gomes (6) â€“ Why oh why do keepers rush out like that?Â
Vedran Corluka (8) â€“ Top class, unruffled performance. Had Babel in his ample back pocket giving him plenty of time support Lennon.
Benoit Assou-Ekotto (8) â€“ Excellent game given that he was up against two internationals in Kuyt and Johnson and what a goal!
Ledley King (8) â€“ Itâ€™s like getting the Rolls out for a spin. Superb comedy moment when he accidentally tripped Torres in the first half prompting some Spanish handbags.
Sebastien Bassong (8) â€“ A debut verging on the faultless and a cracking goal. Woodgate will have taken notice.
Aaron Lennon (6) â€“ Unusually ineffective I thought. Never took Insua on on the outside. Was double teamed a lot with Babel tracking back.
Luka Modric (7) â€“ Classy and creative as usual but too often marginal to the action rather than central. Nice free kick for Bassongâ€™s goal.
Tom Huddlestone (7) â€“ Good performance overall. One lovely long ball to Lennon in the first half that would be great if it became a trademark. Faded in the last ten, appeared a bit knackered, gave the ball away needlessly a few times.
Wilson Palacios (8) â€“ Man of the match for me. Disciplined, powerful and skilful. Only complaint is that he also gave the ball away towards the end with a few fanny touches.
Robbie Keane (6) â€“ Showed himself a lot and was available to receive the ball from midfield but really should have scored. Appeared more like his old self than he has done of late.
Jermain Defoe (6) â€“ Fought manfully but very rarely came out on top in the battle of little v large. Good effort with one header from a corner. Like everyone, worked his socks off.
By Mick Faldo
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