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Manchester City full-back Pablo Zabaleta was also on show in the Argentina game, while Edin Dzeko looked to score the goals to down Nigeria for Bosnia and Herzegovina

Manchester City duo Sergio Aguero and Pablo Zabaleta both turned out for Argentina against Iran, but how did they fare as the South Americans, thanks to Lionel Messi, avoided what would have proved an embarrassing result?

Elsewhere the likes of Edin Dzeko, Mesut Ozil and Christian Atsu were all on show and Goal rounds up how all the representatives from the Premier League got on on day 10 of the World Cup...

EDIN DZEKO

Yet again Dzeko disappointed on the biggest stage, and though he would have got his name on the scoresheet if not for an appalling offside decision, the remainder of his performance was of the consistent nature that Manchester City fans have, at times, become frustrated with.

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Starting the match with real energy, he gave Joseph Yobo a torrid time with his movement and willingness to come short before turning the former Everton centre-back, with his ruled out strike the perfect example of his understanding with those playing in midfield behind him.

But after missing out on a first international tournament goal he faded badly, with his strikes on goal becoming more and more wayward and his willingness to show for the ball lacking the energy he had shown earlier.

His final act came in injury-time as he looked set to grab a dramatic equaliser, only for his downward header to land safely in the arms of Vincent Enyeama before seconds later the goalkeeper tipped his low effort onto the post.

Seen as the man who would spearhead the World Cup debutants to the knockout stages before the tournament, he has certainly been one of the major disappointments away from the showings of Spain and England's star names.

SERGIO AGUERO

Despite taking to the field alongside four-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi, Aguero struggled to make an impact against an Iran side many expected Argentina to beat comfortably.

With Carlos Queiroz's side successfully limiting the threat of the South Americans' attacking talent – including Angel Di Maria and Gonzalo Higuain – Aguero saw very little action in the final third and took just two shots, with his frustration visible.

As a result, the Manchester City star was substituted in the 77th minute and Argentina went on to win the game, with Messi's brilliant last-minute strike proving the winner.

PABLO ZABALETA


Manchester City full-back Zabaleta was his usual buccaneering self on the right flank against Iran although he didn't get it all his own way in the narrow 1-0 win.

The 29-year-old joined in with plenty of attacks but often struggled to get to the byline and deliver a telling cross and he was involved in Iran's two most dangerous moments in the second half.

After bringing down Ashkan Dejagah in the penalty area, he was fortunate to get away with not conceding a spot-kick while he was beaten by the Fulham man in the air as Sergio Romero made a crucial save to keep out the Iranians.

MESUT OZIL

The Arsenal playmaker started on the right-hand side of a front three, as he did against Portugal, and was involved in much of their bright play going forward in the first half.

He created four openings in the opening period which equalled the chances created by the entire Ghana team in the same stage and looked like he be the one to unlock a stubborn Ghanaian defence.

Notably, he pulled the ball back to Sami Khedira on the edge of the box and hit a fine low delivery to Thomas Muller who could only get his toes to the ball, but neither saw the Germans take the lead.

A flurry of goals then came in the second half as Germany and Ghana contested a thrilling final 45 but Ozil didn’t provide any assists, despite a teasing low cross in the final minutes of the game.

PER MERTESACKER

Capped his 100th international appearance with a disappointing performance at the heart of the Germany defence, with the Arsenal man struggling with the pace of the Black Stars' attackers.

Though he had little to do in the first half, he did look slightly sluggish when Ghana brought the ball forward, and that slowness to react was much more evident in the frantic second period.

Caught flatfooted as Andre Ayew headed in the equaliser, he was then left for dead by Asamoah Gyan as the former Sunderland man put the African side into a surprise lead.

Better sides will look to utilise their quicker attackers up against the 29-year-old after this showing.

CHRISTIAN ATSU

The Chelsea winger, who spent last season on loan with Vitesse, was arguably Ghana's main attacking threat in the first half as he regularly looked to cut in onto his left foot from his position out wide on the right of the Black Star's attack.

He showed exactly what he was capable of going forward when he moved inside and unleashed a left-footed drive at goal that Manuel Neuer could only parry away and he certainly didn't fail to shirk his defensive duties either, getting back to assist right-back Harrison Afful.

Atsu was eventually withdrawn with just over 15 minutes to play but, with his future at Stamford Bridge looking uncertain after the World Cup, he'll be hoping for more chances to impress before the end of the tournament.

PETER ODEMWINGIE

Back in the international fold following a rejuvenated season in the Premier League with Stoke City, Odemwingie operated just behind lone-striker Emmanuel Emenike and was terrific throughout.

He very nearly got his side off to a flyer, hitting a superb free-kick from the edge of the box that flew narrowly past the post via a deflection. But just before the half-hour mark he put Nigeria ahead.

Emenike drove down the right to set-up the unmarked striker from just yards out, notching a thoroughly deserved goal and his first for Nigeria in four years, knocking Bosnia out in the process.

JOHN OBI MIKEL

Neither side had control over the midfield in the first half which allowed the game to develop into such an open contest, but that also meant John Obi Mikel had a lot of ground to cover.

The 27-year-old did not enjoy the greatest of games in the middle and failed to stop the attacking play of Miralem Pjanic in particular, his slow movement to the ball allowing him far too much space.

Nigeria’s midfield began to be overrun but despite Mikel’s lack of control in the middle, the Super Eagles held on to their lead to earn their first win at the World Cup since victory over Bulgaria in 1998.

ASMIR BEGOVIC

Begovic made history as the first goalkeeper from an English league side to be beaten by a club team-mate at a World Cup, but this is unlikely to be an evening he looks back on with much fondness once the dust has settled.

The way in which Peter Odemwingie’s low strike flew between his legs will have disappointed Begovic, especially given the fact that the Nigerian striker gave him every chance to pull off a save by hitting his effort straight at him.

Alas that was the only error in an otherwise composed showing, with saves from Ogenyi Onazi - twice - and particularly Emenike, Begovic gave his side every chance to get back into the match and keep their World Cup hopes alive but ultimately they fell to the 1-0 defeat.

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