Evra, who was stripped of the captaincy after the 2010 World Cup and was only on the bench, delivered a rousing speech before the French stormed back to win 4-2.
Playmaker Franck Ribery said: "It was a bit of a bizarre match, especially in the first half.
"We had a real talking to from Patrice Evra at half-time which did everyone a lot of good.
"It was a man's speech.
"He told us that if we wanted to make second place, we had to show a different face."
"Pat is a real leader.
"Even if he was not with us on the pitch, he was with us during a difficult time."
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