1 shot, 1 goal: Chelsea star stakes claim for starting role in France win

Loic Remy

Loic Remy's cameo display yesterday evening saw him score the only goal of the match as Didier Didier Deschamps’ France overcame European champions Spain.

Appearing as a second half substitute, Remy took just 13 minutes to find the back of the net, breaking the deadlock with a thundering finish. After receiving a lovely layoff from Mathieu Valbuena, he pulled the trigger, firing the ball into the roof of the net with his left foot. France one, Spain nil. 

While Diego Costa is the main man at Stamford Bridge, Remy is showing he means business. The former QPR player displayed the clinical shooting that tempted Jose Mourinho into spending £8.5million on his services, sending a firm warning to his new club team-mate that he's going to offer stiff competition for a starting place.

The Chelsea duo faced-off in this tie, with Remy emerging as the clear victor. Costa recorded yet another lacklustre performance for the 2010 World Cup winners and despite his side dominating possession, he failed to muster a single shot on target.

Considering he enjoyed far longer on the pitch than his Blues team-mate, the former Atletico Madrid striker faced a significant struggle in terms of having an impact on proceedings. He recorded just 39 touches of the ball, compared to the 23 of the Frenchman. 

Even if he fails to establish himself in the Portuguese head coach's starting-eleven, Remy has proven his ability to come off the bench and have a noteworthy impact. He had just one opportunity at goal throughout his cameo display, yet this proved enough to ensure victory over the Spaniards.

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