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August 15, 2013 12:15 AM IST
Stadio Olimpico — Roma
Referee:‬ W. Stark‎
Attendance:‬ 35000‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Italy 1-2 Argentina

Gonzalo Higuain is the star man as the Albiceleste extend their unbeaten run over the Azzurri to four games with victory at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome

By Max Bentley

  • Gianluigi Buffon
    10
    3
    3.00

    Gianluigi Buffon

    The Azzurri captain closed in on Fabio Cannavaro's record by making his 134th international appearance but could do nothing to prevent either Argentina goal.

  • Luca Antonelli
    6
    4
    2.50

    Luca Antonelli

    The full-back worked tirelessly down the left and proved a good match for Lamela in the first half.

  • Giorgio Chiellini
    10
    2
    2.50

    Giorgio Chiellini

    Was Italy's most dangerous attacking threat from corners but was often caught out by the movement of Higuain. Fortunate not to concede a penalty in the first half.

  • Christian Maggio
    2
    9
    3.00

    Christian Maggio

    Proved an effective attacking outlet from right-back but will be disappointed with the accuracy of his crossing and was often exposed when committing himself forward.

  • Claudio Marchisio
    6
    6
    2.50

    Claudio Marchisio

    The Juventus midfielder was uncharacteristically simple-minded in attack and struggled to create chances for the front three. Missed a good chance to level the scores.

  • Daniele De Rossi
    5
    7
    2.00

    Daniele De Rossi

    Was culpable for the first goal after sloppily giving away possession under no pressure. Prandelli's gamble to play him at centre-back backfired.

  • Marco Verratti
    7
    7
    2.00

    Marco Verratti Flop of the Match

    The PSG youngster has been tipped to fill Pirlo's boots but on this performance he has a long way to go. Often over-complicated things and lost possession in midfield.

  • Emanuele Giaccherini
    2
    9
    2.50

    Emanuele Giaccherini

    Struggled to make an impression down the left and was unable to provide service to Osvaldo.

  • Antonio Candreva
    10
    5
    3.50

    Antonio Candreva

    Continues to impress after his good Confederations Cup campaign and was a constant threat down the right wing, producing a series of precise crosses.

  • Riccardo Montolivo
    12
    3
    2.50

    Riccardo Montolivo

    Was well-marshaled by Biglia and Mascherano in the middle and thus struggled to pick his passes from deep. Replaced at half-time.

  • Pablo Daniel Osvaldo
    6
    6
    2.50

    Pablo Daniel Osvaldo

    The Argentine-born forward returned after being left out of the Confederations Cup squad but he cut a frustrated, isolated figure up front. Had very little service from the Azzurri midfield but provided the assist for Insigne's goal.

Substitutions

  • Federico Marchetti
    10
    2
    3.50

    Federico Marchetti

    Provided a sublime display between the sticks, pulling off a string of world-class saves to deny Palacio, Higuain, Di Maria and Fernandez.

  • Alberto Aquilani
    5
    7
    2.50

    Alberto Aquilani

    Could not provide the creative spark that Prandelli demanded and was rather anonymous during Italy's fightback.

  • Alessio Cerci
    6
    3
    3.00

    Alessio Cerci

    Came on midway through the second half and caused Basanta problems with his dribbling down the right.

  • Alessandro Florenzi
    3
    6
    3.00

    Alessandro Florenzi

    The Roma man helped to steady the Azzurri midfield in the second half.

  • Alessandro Diamanti
    8
    4
    3.50

    Alessandro Diamanti

    Added much-needed creativity to the Azzurri midfield as a second-half substitute and came close to scoring when his free kick was excellently parried by Andujar.

  • Lorenzo Insigne
    14
    2
    4.00

    Lorenzo Insigne

    Opened his international goalscoring account with a wonderful curling strike and it is doubtful he will score too many better. Caused Campagnaro problems with his pace down the left.

  • Mariano Andújar
    7
    0
    3.50

    Mariano Andújar

    The Catania goalkeeper was relatively untested but did produce a wonderful save to deny Diamanti. His positioning for Insigne's wonderful strike was questionable however.

  • Ezequiel Garay
    9
    3
    3.50

    Ezequiel Garay

    Produced a solid and spirited defensive display, showing his strength and great positional awareness to cope well with the threat of Osvaldo.

  • Federico Fernández
    6
    1
    3.00

    Federico Fernández

    Was fortunate not to concede a penalty on Chiellini but proved a tough obstacle for the Azzurri attack with a series of important blocks and sliding challenges.

  • Hugo Campagnaro
    8
    0
    3.00

    Hugo Campagnaro

    Was identified as the weak defensive link in the second half with Insigne's introduction but handled Giaccherini well for the first 45 minutes.

  • José María Basanta
    4
    1
    3.00

    José María Basanta

    The 29-year-old is doing a good job to establish himself as potential starting left-back for Sabella's World Cup plans as he was rarely beaten. Composed on the ball.

  • Ángel Di María
    12
    1
    3.00

    Ángel Di María

    Was a constant threat with his mazy dribbling but often failed to produce the goods with his final ball. Missed a presentable one-on-one late on.

  • Javier Mascherano
    11
    0
    3.00

    Javier Mascherano

    Excelled in his natural defensive midfield role and produced a solid shield in front of the back four. His effective pressing prevented Marchisio and Montolivo from pulling the strings.

  • Lucas Biglia
    7
    0
    3.00

    Lucas Biglia

    Lazio's new signing merged a good understanding with Mascherano and helped Argentina to dominate the midfield battle in the first half.

  • Gonzalo Higuaín
    21
    2
    4.00

    Gonzalo Higuaín Top of the Match

    Scored his 21st international goal with a clinical strike before turning provider for Banega to score the winner. Caused the Italy backline problems with his movement.

  • Rodrigo Palacio
    11
    2
    3.50

    Rodrigo Palacio

    The Inter man was unfortunate not to get on the scoresheet after a selfless and hard-working display. His accurate passing and clever runs pulled the Italian midfield out of shape.

  • Erik Lamela
    9
    1
    2.00

    Erik Lamela

    Sabella has high expectations for the 21-year-old but this was not one of his better performances as he was well-marshlled by Antonelli. Provided the assist for Higuain's opener.

Substitutions

  • Fabricio Coloccini
    9
    0
    3.00

    Fabricio Coloccini

    The curly-haired centre-back helped to shore up the Albiceleste defence in the closing stages when under heavy pressure.

  • Ever Banega
    12
    1
    3.50

    Ever Banega

    Made a brilliant impact from the bench, scoring the winner with a thumping low finish from the edge of the box. Will be pushing for a starting position in the upcoming qualifier against Paraguay.

  • Maxi Rodríguez
    5
    1
    3.00

    Maxi Rodríguez

    Gave the Albiceleste some much-needed fresh legs late on and his backtracking proved valuable to breaking up Azzurri attacks.

  • Ezequiel Lavezzi
    8
    1
    2.50

    Ezequiel Lavezzi

    Came on as a late substitute and had little time to influence the game, especially with Argentina on the back foot in the closing stages.

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