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October 16, 2013 5:00 AM IST
Estadio Centenario — Montevideo
Referee:‬ Marcelo de Lima Henrique‎
Attendance:‬ 55000‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Uruguay 3-2 Argentina

Goal took in the action in Montevideo, where the hosts overcame a Maxi Rodriguez double to win, but failed to ensure automatic entry to the World Cup and must now face a playoff

By Keeghann Sinanan

  • Néstor Muslera Micol
    1
    2
    2.50

    Néstor Muslera Micol

    Left rooted to the spot on Rodriguez's second goal and will be disappointed that he did not attempt to safe that effort.

  • Diego Godín
    0
    2
    2.00

    Diego Godín Flop of the Match

    Slipped up quite embarrassingly in the buildup to Argentina's first, as he was left on his backside when Rodriguez drilled home.

  • Diego Lugano
    0
    1
    2.50

    Diego Lugano

    Took his typical no-nonsense approach to most of his defensive challenges, but was exposed badly for the opener as he was too far away from his man.

  • J. Fucile
    0
    1
    2.50

    J. Fucile

    Another of Uruguay's backline to be directly exposed for a goal, as Rodriguez beat him with consummate ease to slot in the second.

  • Maxi Pereira
    1
    1
    3.00

    Maxi Pereira

    Motored up and down the right flank, but despite plenty of positive off the ball runs, he was decidedly less productive when on the ball.

  • Cristian Rodríguez
    3
    1
    4.00

    Cristian Rodríguez

    Took his goal with aplomb, controlling a loose ball and arrowing a fine finish into the far side to give Uruguay an early, and much needed lead that set the tone for the rest of his evening. He was quality throughout with his movement and touches, and allied that with a desire to keep attacking.

  • Diego Pérez
    0
    1
    3.00

    Diego Pérez

    The elder statesman of Uruguay's midfield, and he did a good job of mopping up loose ends and setting his side in motion for a few counter attacks.

  • E. Arévalo
    1
    1
    2.50

    E. Arévalo

    Never quite got involved in the match, but still bore battle scars by the end after a tough Fernandez challenge left him bleeding and swollen.

  • Stuani
    1
    1
    3.00

    Stuani

    Made himself a menace in the box on a series of set plays, and smacked the crossbar with a thud after a towering header from Suarez's corner.

  • Edinson Cavani
    8
    1
    3.50

    Edinson Cavani

    Put in an honest shift up front, even if Suarez somewhat outshone him in both a good and a bad way. Pulled off his man often to make space, and drove forward well on the counter to power in a lovely finish for the home side's third.

  • Luis Suárez
    16
    7
    4.00

    Luis Suárez Top of the Match

    Won and converted a contentious penalty after making the most of a challenge in the box. But made up for that blot with some sublime play otherwise, dragging defenders all over the pitch and laying on chances after chance, including Cavani's goal. A perfect encapsulation of just what Suarez is all about.

Substitutions

  • G. Ramírez
    2
    3
    3.00

    G. Ramírez

    Facilitated his side well in both halves of the field, keeping the ball moving quickly.

  • Sergio Romero
    1
    1
    3.00

    Sergio Romero

    Made one or two fine saves, but could have done a lot better to save Suarez's penalty, given that he got a strong hand to the spot kick.

  • Federico Fernández
    2
    0
    2.50

    Federico Fernández

    Won a few challenges in the air, but looked as unprepared as the rest of the defence when Uruguay turned it on on the counter attack.

  • Hugo Campagnaro
    2
    0
    2.00

    Hugo Campagnaro

    Torn this way and that by the twin terror of Cavani and Suarez, as the pair's movement left him scrambling in vain to close them down, then scrambling back to recover his position.

  • José María Basanta
    1
    0
    2.50

    José María Basanta

    Extremely lucky not to concede a penalty, as his clumsy and highly dangerous boot into the face of Stuani

  • S. Domínguez
    1
    0
    3.00

    S. Domínguez

    Exposed for pace whenever the home side broke, and was lucky not to be directly responsible for more Uruguay goals, but for their profligacy.

  • Augusto Fernández
    1
    1
    3.00

    Augusto Fernández

    Cushioned a cute assist with his chest into the path of Rodriguez for Argentina's first goal, but he nearly dealt Arevalo some significant damage with an inadvertent challenge.

  • Ever Banega
    1
    0
    2.50

    Ever Banega

    There were a few spells in the first half where he looked remarkably poised on the ball, but mostly, he was forced into a lot more defensive work than he wold have wanted.

  • Lucas Biglia
    3
    0
    3.50

    Lucas Biglia

    Twice he stood tall to deny Cavani a clear run through on goal on two potentially devastating Uruguay breaks. That was a microcosm for his evening, as his defensive work was top notch. A little lucky to avoid a late penalty call, however.

  • Maxi Rodríguez
    15
    0
    4.00

    Maxi Rodríguez

    The veteran attacking midfielder showed that he still has some tricks up his sleeve, as he opened the scoring with an opportunistic finish, before jinking his way into space to slot home a fine second.

  • Erik Lamela
    1
    1
    2.00

    Erik Lamela

    After receiving a few rough challenges in the first half, he retreated completely into his shell, and rarely contributed anything dynamic for his team in attack thereafter.

  • Rodrigo Palacio
    0
    0
    3.00

    Rodrigo Palacio

    Drifted into the channels whenever his side were on the ball, and one such move saw him break free down the left and set the events of the opening Argentina goal in motion.

Substitutions

  • José Sosa
    0
    0

    José Sosa

    Not enough time to make an impact on the pitch.

  • Leandro Somoza
    0
    0
    2.50

    Leandro Somoza

    His side were paying conservatively after his arrival, and he never stood out in any way.

  • Mauro Icardi
    0
    0

    Mauro Icardi

    A very late cameo where he barely touched the ball.

Results
Matchday 18
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