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November 14, 2012 10:30 PM IST
King Fahd International Stadium — Ar-Riyāḍ (Riyadh)
Referee:‬ Ali Abdulnabi‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Saudi Arabia 0-0 Argentina

Goal.com was on hand to score the performers on show at the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh as Frank Rijkaard's side warded off the Albiceleste

  • Waleed Abdullah
    24
    6
    3.00

    Waleed Abdullah

    Made some comfortable saves in the first half and was quick to come off his line throughout. Denied Messi on several occasions but could have conceded a penalty.

  • Osama Hawsawi
    13
    7
    1.50

    Osama Hawsawi

    Kept things simple when in possession but, defensively, his positioning was often suspect. The weak link in an otherwise reasonably solid Saudi back-line.

  • Yasir Al Shahrani
    15
    5
    3.00

    Yasir Al Shahrani

    Put in some strong tackles and didn't look in any way overawed by his illustrious opponents.

  • Ahmed Ateef
    13
    5
    2.00

    Ahmed Ateef

    Looked vulnerable at times but played his part in a solid team effort with some neat passes and a couple of decent interceptions.

  • Mohammed Al Bishi
    12
    5
    2.50

    Mohammed Al Bishi

    Decent display at the back. Was not drawn out of position too often and held his line well in the face of Argentina's constant through-balls.

  • Saud Khariri
    14
    5
    2.00

    Saud Khariri

    Floated in the free kick for the disallowed goal. Went off injured before half-time.

  • Mansour Al Harbi
    16
    5
    2.50

    Mansour Al Harbi

    Put in plenty of running and helped guide his team-mates, too. Made captain during the second half.

  • Taisir Al Jassim
    12
    5
    2.00

    Taisir Al Jassim

    Showed plenty of endeavour but contributed little of note.

  • Salem Al Dawsari
    13
    5
    2.00

    Salem Al Dawsari

    A solid contributor to a determined team effort without really excelling in his own right.

  • Nasser Al Shamrani
    12
    5
    2.00

    Nasser Al Shamrani

    Could have given his side the lead on the break in the first half, but shot tamely. Reasonable game otherwise.

  • Mohamed Shaarawi
    14
    5
    2.00

    Mohamed Shaarawi

    Did well, without ever really shining. Decent on the ball and helped the team break when they had the opportunity.

Substitutions

  • Abdulrahman Al Qahtani
    2
    2
    2.00

    Abdulrahman Al Qahtani

    Made no positive impression on the game.

  • Sergio Romero
    8
    6
    2.50

    Sergio Romero

    Had little to do in the first half but saved his side after the break. Just about kept out a counterattack in the first half, too.

  • Fabricio Coloccini
    8
    8
    2.50

    Fabricio Coloccini

    By no means overworked but repeatedly headed the ball back from where it came. Looked at home, albeit under little pressure in the first half.

  • M. Rojo
    5
    9
    2.00

    M. Rojo

    Did not really get forward to support the attacks, but was comfortable enough in defence before half-time. After the break looked a little more vulnerable.

  • Federico Fernández
    5
    10
    2.00

    Federico Fernández

    An average night for the man hoped to be Argentina's long-term centre-back. Stood and watched as the Saudis poured through the defence in the second half.

  • Pablo Zabaleta
    4
    15
    2.00

    Pablo Zabaleta

    Provided more of an attacking option on the right-hand side of defence and got a couple of shots in.

  • Tino Costa
    4
    21
    1.00

    Tino Costa

    Did absolutely nothing in the first half and was substituted at the break.

  • Ángel Di María
    14
    22
    2.50

    Ángel Di María

    Created a decent chance for Di Santo late on with a good cross, but otherwise his creative talents were limited.

  • Javier Mascherano
    10
    16
    2.50

    Javier Mascherano

    Played a number of direct balls through to the forwards, but they didn't come to anything. Held court well in the centre of the pitch, though.

  • Toto Salvio
    3
    18
    1.00

    Toto Salvio

    Was withdrawn at half-time after an anonymous first-half showing.

  • Lionel Messi
    46
    45
    2.50

    Lionel Messi

    Failed to hit the heights that he normally manages. Had a few tame efforts that were comfortably saved. Rarely ran with the ball or created chances.

  • Sergio Agüero
    18
    18
    2.00

    Sergio Agüero

    Some neat touches but very little else. Struggled on the night, but he was not the only one.

Substitutions

  • Ricardo Álvarez
    7
    10
    2.50

    Ricardo Álvarez

    On the fringes of Argentina's attacks as Messi, Aguero and Di Maria attempted to dominate, although, of course, they couldn't.

  • Augusto Fernández
    2
    9
    2.50

    Augusto Fernández

    Unable to impose himself on the proceedings - despite having the entire second half in which to attempt do so.

  • Franco Di Santo
    6
    9
    1.50

    Franco Di Santo

    Made no impact on the proceedings after coming on at the start of the second period. Indeed, looked a little out of his depth.

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