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2 vs 2
Played
November 18, 2013 2:45 PM EST
Craven Cottage — London
Referee:‬ M. Atkinson‎
Attendance:‬ 15267‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Italy 2-2 Nigeria

Goal runs an eye over the performances of the players at Craven Cottage as Stephen Keshi and Cesare Prandelli's sides served up a thrilling game packed with chances

By Charlie Scott

  • Salvatore Sirigu
    9
    2
    3.00

    Salvatore Sirigu

    Pulled off a smart stop from Onazi before being beaten twice in quick succession by Dike and then Ameobi.

  • Angelo Ogbonna
    9
    5
    2.50

    Angelo Ogbonna

    The centre-back, of Nigerian descent, read the play well for the most part, but was beaten in the air when Dike made it 1-1 and by Ameobi as he added a second.

  • Andrea Ranocchia
    7
    2
    2.50

    Andrea Ranocchia

    The Inter defender looked off the pace when faced with Moses during the exciting attacker's time on the pitch.

  • Manuel Pasqual
    4
    4
    2.00

    Manuel Pasqual

    Had little impact on the game, either defensively or going forward. Too often misplaced his passes out of defence.

  • Antonio Candreva
    4
    5
    2.50

    Antonio Candreva

    The Lazio attacker looked comfortable playing in behind Rossi and Balotelli and did well to set Giaccherini up with a crisp pass for Italy's second.

  • Christian Maggio
    5
    3
    3.00

    Christian Maggio

    Positionally at fault once or twice as Nigeria surged down the left-hand side in the first half, he looked far more competent when his side were in possession and offered a dangerous outlet going forward.

  • Emanuele Giaccherini
    9
    2
    3.50

    Emanuele Giaccherini

    Stretched Nigeria's defence with his devastating pace, which caused Kwambe in particular numerous problems. Drew the Azzurri level with a clinical finish to make it 2-2.

  • Riccardo Montolivo
    6
    6
    2.50

    Riccardo Montolivo

    The Milan man did nothing outstanding during his time on the pitch, in stark contrast to the man who replaced him, Pirlo. Slid a shot wide in the first half when he should have scored.

  • Thiago Motta
    5
    4
    3.00

    Thiago Motta

    Put in some vital tackles to stop the likes of Onazi and Mikel breaking from midfield for Nigeria and distributed the ball well for his side with some tidy passes.

  • Giuseppe Rossi
    10
    3
    3.50

    Giuseppe Rossi

    Opened the scoring with a dinked finish and frequently linked well with Balotelli on his first start for the Azzurri in two years.

  • Mario Balotelli
    11
    2
    3.00

    Mario Balotelli

    The unpredictable striker sparkled at times, particularly when he provided the assist for Rossi's opener.

Substitutions

  • Andrea Pirlo
    10
    1
    3.00

    Andrea Pirlo

    The midfield maestro effortlessly sprayed long passes to his team-mates after coming on in the second half and forced Ejide into making a save from a free kick.

  • Marco Parolo
    5
    6
    2.00

    Marco Parolo Flop of the Match

    Struck the post with a deflected effort and wasted a chance after Ejide parried Pirlo's free kick into his path.

  • Alessio Cerci
    4
    2
    3.00

    Alessio Cerci

    Made the most of his chance to impress Prandelli despite his short time on the pitch. Cut in from the right on a couple of occasions and shot at goal well.

  • Alessandro Diamanti
    6
    0
    3.00

    Alessandro Diamanti

    Whipped a delicious free kick onto the woodwork and showed a very good understanding with Balotelli two or three times in the closing stages of the game.

  • Austin Ejide
    10
    0
    3.00

    Austin Ejide

    Produced a very good performance, saving well from Balotelli on a number of occasions, before being withdrawn through injury midway through the second half.

  • Azubuike Egwueke
    8
    0
    3.00

    Azubuike Egwueke

    Had his hands full up against Balotelli, with the Italy striker really looking in the mood. Tracked the attacker well but was also booked for a cynical off-the-ball challenge.

  • Francis Benjamin
    8
    0
    2.50

    Francis Benjamin

    Rampaged down the left to great effect in the first half for the Super Eagles and provided the assist for Ameobi's brilliant volley. Faded after the break.

  • Godfrey Oboabona
    7
    1
    2.50

    Godfrey Oboabona

    The centre-back will have been relieved to see Rossi withdrawn after the break after he was dragged all over the place by the Fiorentina attacker's intelligent movement.

  • Solomon Kwambe
    7
    0
    3.00

    Solomon Kwambe

    Quite fortunate not to give away a penalty after bundling into Giaccherini in the first half, but recovered from that error to put in a strong performance at the heart of his side's defence.

  • John Obi Mikel
    12
    1
    3.50

    John Obi Mikel

    The Chelsea midfielder was metronomic in midfield for the Keshi's side, and did exactly what was expected of him by keeping the ball brilliantly and completing the majority of his passes.

  • Ogenyi Onazi
    11
    0
    3.00

    Ogenyi Onazi

    Impressed in central midfield for the Super Eagles, against a team that featured many players he will have encountered while playing for Lazio in Serie A.

  • Victor Moses
    15
    0
    4.00

    Victor Moses

    Terrorised the Italy backline with his pace and willingness to drive at goal with the ball. Linked well with Benjamin in the build-up to Nigeria's second.

  • Bright Dike
    9
    0
    3.50

    Bright Dike

    Nodded Keshi's side level with a deft header in the 35th minute and was a willing runner for the Super Eagles during his spell on the pitch.

  • Nnamdi Oduamadi
    5
    2
    3.00

    Nnamdi Oduamadi

    The Brescia midfielder, on loan from Milan, chased and harried Italy's midfield and provided a solid platform in front of the Nigeria back four alongside Mikel.

  • Shola Ameobi
    16
    0
    4.00

    Shola Ameobi Top of the Match

    Scored a marvellous volley before half-time to give his side the lead at the break. His link-play with Moses looked telepathic at times, before both were withdrawn in the second half.

Substitutions

  • Vincent Enyeama
    11
    0
    3.00

    Vincent Enyeama

    Produced a couple of simple saves after replacing Ejide after the break.

  • John Ogochukwu Ogu
    8
    0
    3.00

    John Ogochukwu Ogu

    Forced Sirigu into making a fine diving stop with a long-range effort midway through the second half.

  • Ahmed Firaz Moosa
    8
    0
    3.00

    Ahmed Firaz Moosa

    Introduced during a frenetic second half he did well to settle into the game and pick out Emenike with some intricate passes.

  • Emenike
    8
    1

    Emenike

    Smashed an effort into the side netting late on.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Rank/Player Position Team Rating
1. A. PulidoStrikerMexico3.67
2. C. PeñaMidfielderMexico3.33
3. Rafa MárquezDefenderMexico2.83
4. RodríguezDefenderMexico2.83
5. L. MontesMidfielderMexico2.83
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
A. Pulido A. Pulido
Striker
Tigres
4 0
Chris Wondolowski Chris Wondolowski
Striker
Earthquakes
3 0
Neymar Neymar
Striker
Barcelona
3 0
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
2 0
Ivica Olic Ivica Olic
Striker
Wolfsburg
2 0