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June 12, 2013 2:30 AM IST
Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa — Quito
Referee:‬ E. Cáceres‎
Attendance:‬ 35000‎
 
17′ S. Castillo
Sergio Agüero 4′ (PG)
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Ecuador 1-1 Argentina

Goal takes a closer look at the men involved in Tuesday's World Cup qualifying clash in Quito, where the Albiceleste survived sustained pressure to come away with a draw

By Daniel Edwards

  • Alexander Domínguez
    1
    1
    2.00

    Alexander Domínguez

    Gifted an opener for Argentina with a clumsy save that led to the penalty, but came back with some strong stops to keep the visitors at bay.

  • F. Erazo
    1
    0
    2.00

    F. Erazo

    The towering centre-back looked out of sorts in the opening minutes, but quickly found his stride to keep Argentina at arms length. Went close with a header in the second half.

  • J. Guagua
    1
    0
    2.00

    J. Guagua

    A solid display from the defender, who recovered from a shaky start to provide a strong presence in the middle. Later stretched by Messi, but Argentina could not capitalise.

  • Juan Carlos Paredes
    0
    0
    3.00

    Juan Carlos Paredes

    A worthy foil for Valencia on the right-hand side, got up and down the pitch consistently and was always on hand to help out the winger.

  • W. Ayoví
    1
    0
    3.00

    W. Ayoví

    Came up with a wonderful free-kick delivery that set up Castillo for Ecuador's equaliser. Got forward well and was rarely troubled in defence.

  • S. Castillo
    1
    0
    3.50

    S. Castillo

    Alongside Noboa, he ensured that the Tricolor used possession efficiently in the middle, and a perfectly-timed header restored parity. Almost added a second with his head later on.

  • Antonio Valencia
    4
    0
    3.00

    Antonio Valencia

    Alongside Montero on the opposite side of the pitch, was Argentina's tormentor-in-chief with a tireless display of running.

  • C. Noboa
    1
    0
    2.50

    C. Noboa

    Put in an understated, measured shift in the middle of the park, getting the ball out wide quickly and closing down well.

  • Felipe Caicedo
    0
    1
    3.00

    Felipe Caicedo

    Was incensed that a penalty was not forthcoming for a rather theatrical tumble under Romero's intervention. Was busy, but had few clear chances.

  • J. Rojas
    1
    0
    3.00

    J. Rojas

    Moved well as Ecuador's second striker, dropping deep and drawing defenders out of position.

  • Jefferson Antonio Montero
    3
    0
    4.00

    Jefferson Antonio Montero

    Gino Peruzzi will have nightmares about the nimble winger, who turned him inside out throughout the match. Earned the foul which led to the equaliser.

Substitutions

  • L. Saritama
    0
    0
    2.00

    L. Saritama

    Another attacking sub from Reinaldo Rueda as his team poured forward.

  • R. Ibarra
    0
    0

    R. Ibarra

    Slotted effortlessly into the middle off the bench, and helped the Tricolor in their frantic quest for a second.

  • Juan Luis Anangonó
    0
    0
    2.00

    Juan Luis Anangonó

    Was thrown up front as Ecuador searched for victory, but could not find the scoring touch.

  • Sergio Romero
    2
    1
    2.00

    Sergio Romero

    Could have done better to stop Castillo's point-blank header, but was otherwise an effective presence between the posts, doing his best to stabilise an overworked defence.

  • Ezequiel Garay
    4
    0
    3.00

    Ezequiel Garay

    The pick of the Argentine defence. Did his best to keep a close eye on Caicedo as the crosses streamed in from both flanks.

  • Federico Fernández
    3
    1
    2.00

    Federico Fernández

    Guilty of slack marking on Ecuador's early set-piece, and let in Castillo for the opener.

  • Gino Peruzzi
    3
    0
    2.50

    Gino Peruzzi

    A brutal match for the young Velez prospect. Was given the runaround by a scintillating Montero, who revelled in making the full-back look foolish.

  • José María Basanta
    2
    0
    2.50

    José María Basanta

    Committed a sloppy foul on Montero which was punished with the Ecuadorian equaliser. Seemed unsure of his place as sweeper in the back three.

  • M. Rojo
    2
    0
    3.00

    M. Rojo

    Like his companion on the opposite wing, was handed a stern test in the shape of the dynamic Valencia. Occasionally caught out, but withstood the challenge well.

  • Ángel Di María
    7
    2
    3.00

    Ángel Di María

    Argentina's principal attacking threat in the first half, carrying the ball from deep. At times too keen to try the long shot, although such an effort led to the opener.

  • Ever Banega
    3
    0
    2.50

    Ever Banega

    Too slow to react and cover Peruzzi when it was clear that Montero was destroying the youngster out wide. Sacrificed late on for Biglia.

  • Javier Mascherano
    2
    4
    2.00

    Javier Mascherano

    The former national captain did what he could to stem the Ecuador attack down the middle, but he was often unable to act as the hosts utilised the flanks. Guilty late on of an idiotic kick at a medical official, which earned him a red card.

  • Rodrigo Palacio
    2
    0
    2.50

    Rodrigo Palacio

    Started brightly and his quick reactions earned an early penalty for Argentina. Faded out of the game as Ecuador took control.

  • Sergio Agüero
    6
    1
    3.00

    Sergio Agüero

    Took his penalty with customary class and his movement gave Ecuador trouble throughout, although he needed to show more presence in the area.

Substitutions

  • Lucas Biglia
    2
    0
    2.50

    Lucas Biglia

    A late substitute, replacing Banega for the last 15 minutes.

  • Rodrigo Braña
    2
    0
    2.50

    Rodrigo Braña

    Played out an extended injury time in place of Palacio, as Argentina held on.

  • Lionel Messi
    15
    4
    3.00

    Lionel Messi

    Earned a rapturous ovation on entering the field, and could have stolen three points with one run that ended with a close effort.

Results
Matchday 14
Times In IST
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
11 2
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
10 3
Radamel Falcao Radamel Falcao
Striker
AS Monaco
9 3
Gonzalo Higuaín Gonzalo Higuaín
Striker
Napoli
9 0
Felipe Caicedo Felipe Caicedo
Striker
Al Jazira
7 4