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October 16, 2013 12:15 AM IST
Stadio San Paolo — Napoli
Referee:‬ M. Oliver‎
Attendance:‬ 22000‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Italy 2-2 Armenia

Goal rates every player as Mario Balotelli's equaliser spared the Azzurri's blushes and ensured that they finish their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign unbeaten

By Max Bentley

  • Federico Marchetti
    0
    0
    3.00

    Federico Marchetti

    Failed to impress in Buffon's absence and his inexplicable fumble conceded the corner from which Mkhitaryan put Armenia back in front.

  • Davide Astori
    0
    1
    2.00

    Davide Astori

    The centre-back did not help his chances of featuring in Italy's World Cup campaign with a display that was littered with sloppy errors.

  • Ignazio Abate
    1
    0
    3.50

    Ignazio Abate

    His willingness to run up and down the right flank ensured he was key to both Italy's attacking and defensive efforts.

  • Leonardo Bonucci
    0
    0
    3.00

    Leonardo Bonucci

    The Juventus centre-back struggled with the physical presence of Movsisyan and looked far from solid in a shaky Azzurri backline.

  • Manuel Pasqual
    0
    0
    2.00

    Manuel Pasqual

    Failed to make the most of a rare start and despite the fact he was hardly exposed, he offered very little going forward.

  • Alberto Aquilani
    0
    0
    2.00

    Alberto Aquilani

    He was culpable for Movsisyan's opener as he gifted possession straight to Mkhitaryan and he struggled to add creativity and incision to the Azzurri attack.

  • Alessandro Florenzi
    1
    0
    3.50

    Alessandro Florenzi

    The Roma youngster capped an impressive display with a goal, nodding in Insigne's cross from close range.

  • Andrea Pirlo
    3
    0
    3.50

    Andrea Pirlo

    Sat back deep with the intention of lifting balls over the Armenian defence and his perfect first-time pass assisted Balotelli's equaliser.

  • Riccardo Montolivo
    1
    0
    2.50

    Riccardo Montolivo

    Helped keep things simple in the Azzurri midfield and his good reading of play broke up many opposition attacks.

  • Lorenzo Insigne
    1
    0
    3.50

    Lorenzo Insigne

    The youngster has been fantastic since stepping up from the Under-21 set-up and his dribbling, vision and close control caused problems for the Armenian defence.

  • Pablo Daniel Osvaldo
    0
    0
    2.00

    Pablo Daniel Osvaldo

    Failed to add to his goal against Denmark and was disappointing up front with his failure to hit the target and his tendency to drift offside.

Substitutions

  • Antonio Candreva
    0
    0
    2.50

    Antonio Candreva

    The Lazio wide man failed to build on his recent impressive international performances as he struggled to get involved from the bench.

  • Giuseppe Rossi
    2
    0

    Giuseppe Rossi

    Back from injury, the Fiorentina man enjoyed a good run out but he could not find a way past Berezovski.

  • Mario Balotelli
    4
    0
    3.50

    Mario Balotelli Top of the Match

    A magnificent impact from the bench. His power and determination were crucial to Italy's fightback and he took his goal smartly, lifting the ball over Berezovski.

  • Roman Berezovskiy
    0
    0
    3.00

    Roman Berezovskiy

    The 39-year-old goalkeeper was reliable between the sticks and he made several smart saves but could not prevent either Italy goal.

  • Hrayr Mkoyan
    0
    0
    3.00

    Hrayr Mkoyan

    He struggled to deal with Insigne's movement and dribbling but his experience helped to guide Armenia to a famous point.

  • Robert Arzumanyan
    0
    0
    3.00

    Robert Arzumanyan

    The commanding centre-back dealt well with the threat of Osvaldo but found things more difficult when Balotelli entered the fray.

  • Varazdat Haroyan
    0
    0
    3.00

    Varazdat Haroyan

    Insigne caused him problems all match, while he missed a glorious chance to steal the points for Armenia when he headed over unmarked from close range late on.

  • Aras Özbiliz
    0
    0
    3.50

    Aras Özbiliz

    The Spartak Moscow star showed neat footwork and was effective when cutting in from the right-hand side. His ability to spot a pass highlighted him as one of Armenia's threats.

  • Artur Edigaryan
    0
    0
    2.00

    Artur Edigaryan

    Was not afraid to shoot although his efforts often flashed wide and high of the target. Afforded Pirlo too much space to dictate the midfield.

  • Gevorg Ghazaryan
    0
    0
    3.00

    Gevorg Ghazaryan

    The midfielder whipped in a number of teasing set pieces and it was not surprising that one of these eventually led to a goal.

  • Henrikh Mkhitaryan
    2
    0
    3.50

    Henrikh Mkhitaryan

    The Borussia Dortmund star turned in a brilliant display, scoring one goal and assisting another. His distribution and reading of the play was crucial to Armenia's point.

  • Karlen Mkrtchyan
    0
    0
    2.50

    Karlen Mkrtchyan

    The Anzhi midfielder battled hard to break up the opposition attacks and he offered a solid shield in front of the defence.

  • Levon Hayrapetyan
    0
    0
    1.50

    Levon Hayrapetyan Flop of the Match

    The left-back was often drawn out of position and he failed to track Florenzi's run for Italy's equaliser.

  • Yura Movsisyan
    0
    0
    3.50

    Yura Movsisyan

    The striker was a constant thorn in the Azzurri defence with his physical presence and pace. Showed brilliant composure to open the scoring early on.

Substitutions

  • Kamo Hovhannisyan
    0
    0
    2.50

    Kamo Hovhannisyan

    The 21-year-old was introduced late on to help shore up the Armenian defence.

  • M. Pizzelli
    0
    0

    M. Pizzelli

    Came on in stoppage time to help run down the clock.

  • Artur Sarkisov
    0
    0
    2.50

    Artur Sarkisov

    Offered fresh legs to a tiring Armenian attack but struggled to penetrate the Azzurri defence.

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