With captain Andres Guardado suspended and center back partner Diego Reyes sidelined, Mexico's Hector Moreno found himself with no shortage of responsibility in the Confederations Cup semifinals.
To be fair, that was a lot to ask of the 29-year-old — even this experimental German side offers attacking talent that would make most countries envious. As Moreno wore the captain's armband and served as El Tri's undisputed back line anchor, he wilted under the pressure.
The likes of Guillermo Ochoa and Oswaldo Alanis certainly take their share of the blame for Mexico's 4-1 defeat Thursday in Sochi, Russia. But it was Moreno whose miscalculations directly led to both Leon Goretzka strikes in the opening eight minutes, putting El Tri in a hole they would never dig out of.
Here are Goal's full player ratings from Mexico's semifinal loss to Germany:
GK GUILLERMO OCHOA, 4: Wasn't directly to blame for any of the goals but still could have done better, reacting a step slow on the opener before making a questionable decision to come out as Goretzka made it 2-0.
D MIGUEL LAYUN, 5: Made some promising forays into the attack, though the end product wasn't quite there. Held his own defensively until the dying moments, when Amin Younes slipped behind him at the back post to score Germany's fourth.
D NESTOR ARAUJO, 4: There wasn't much he could have done about the early struggles but he was badly pulled out of position on Timo Werner's strike, leading the entire back line to collapse.
D HECTOR MORENO, 2: Germany's opener began with Moreno giving the ball away and ended with the defender failing to step up on Goretzka. He also was in no man's land as Goretzka slipped behind him for the second strike, and was caught ball watching on the third. An evening to forget.
D OSWALDO ALANIS, 3: Looked a step behind the pace of the game from the start, making careless decisions on and off the ball. His poor positioning kept Germany onside in the buildup to Werner's strike.
M JONATHAN DOS SANTOS, 5: Didn't play with the authority that had defined his previous performances in Russia but still put in a diligent shift buzzing around defensively.
M HECTOR HERRERA, 6: Offered a calming influence on the ball, gliding through midfield at times and spraying passes around the field as Mexico tried to get back in the game.
M GIOVANI DOS SANTOS, 6: Was the most dangerous player as Mexico looked to slice the deficit in the first half, forcing Marc-Andre ter Stegen into a stellar save before picking out Chicharito for another golden chance. Curiously exited early in the second half.
F RAUL JIMENEZ, 4: Struggled to get going on the right flank against a Germany team well equipped to deal with his size and physicality, though he did manage to hit the crossbar in the second half. Saw yellow for a rough challenge in a dangerous spot.
F JAVIER HERNANDEZ, 6: Brought his teammates into the attack with some clever hold-up play and was unlucky not to get on the board late in the first half.
F JAVIER AQUINO, 4: Tried to carve out opportunities with his pace on the dribble but seemingly ran out of ideas as Germany kept him under wraps. Got the hook after 45 minutes.
F HIRVING LOZANO, 6: Entered the fray at halftime and injected some energy down the flank, creating a couple promising opportunities.
M MARCO FABIAN, 7: Gave Mexico a deserved consolation goal with a phenomenal strike from long range.
M RAFA MARQUEZ, 6: Picked out some smart passes from a deep midfield role and tested Ter Stegen with a powerful header.