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2 vs 3
Played
February 7, 2013 3:30 AM MYT
Friends Arena — Solna
Referee:‬ A. Gautier‎
Attendance:‬ 49646‎
 
18′ Jonas Olsson
M. Lustig 3′ (OG)
90+5′ Rasmus Elm
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Sweden 2-3 Argentina

Goal.com rates the men involved in Wednesday's friendly at the Friends Arena, where an entertaining match ended with Alejandro Sabella's men narrowly taking the honours

By Daniel Edwards

  • Andreas Isaksson
    3
    0
    3.00

    Andreas Isaksson

    Given a thankless task between the posts, as Argentina's stars used his net almost for target practice. A marvellous piece of improvised goalkeeping saved a certain fourth.

  • Andreas Granqvist
    1
    0
    2.00

    Andreas Granqvist

    Like the rest of the Sweden defence, simply had no answer to Argentina's attacking force, who broke through almost at will.

  • Jonas Olsson
    0
    0
    2.00

    Jonas Olsson

    Got his team on the scoresheet with a towering header, but it will be small consolation after a nightmare evening.

  • M. Lustig
    0
    1
    1.50

    M. Lustig

    His unfortunate deflection sent the first goal spiralling past Isaksson with barely two minutes played. Given a torrid time at the back by Higuain and Di Maria.

  • Martin Olsson
    1
    0
    2.00

    Martin Olsson

    The only defender in yellow to give a decent account of himself, keeping the left flank more or less quiet as Argentine attackers streamed in elsewhere.

  • Alexander Kacaniklic
    2
    2
    1.00

    Alexander Kacaniklic

    The young forward was enthusiastic and never gave up his quest to break open the visitors, going close on more than one occasion.

  • Kim Källström
    2
    1
    2.50

    Kim Källström

    Started the game out of position and sluggish, and was punished by the Albiceleste's devastating counterattacking. Withdrew to the edge of his own area and plugged some gaps.

  • Sebastian Larsson
    0
    2
    1.50

    Sebastian Larsson

    Could not find the space to operate on a right flank well-policed by Campagnaro, and ended up fading into obscurity.

  • Anders Svensson
    0
    2
    0.50

    Anders Svensson

    Argentina's 2002 nemesis could not match his Japan heroics, as he was overrun in the middle. Withdrawn on the hour.

  • Tobias Hysen
    0
    2
    1.50

    Tobias Hysen

    Given few sights of goal during a match spent almost entirely on the back foot by the home team.

  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic
    4
    10
    1.50

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    A lacklustre showing from the Paris Saint-Germain star, who barely featured before coming off at half-time.

Substitutions

  • Adam Johansson
    0
    0
    2.50

    Adam Johansson

    Appeared to shore up the defence, although that may have had more to do with the exit of Di Maria.

  • Jimmy Durmaz
    1
    0
    2.00

    Jimmy Durmaz

    Given 13 minutes at the end in place of Kacaniklic.

  • Pontus Wernbloom
    0
    1
    1.00

    Pontus Wernbloom

    Only contribution was a reckless tackle that earned him a yellow card.

  • Rasmus Elm
    2
    0
    2.50

    Rasmus Elm

    Gave his side the perfect end to a painful match, with his stunning late goal.

  • Mathias Ranégie
    0
    1
    2.00

    Mathias Ranégie

    Replaced Ibrahimovic at half-time but did little of note.

  • Sergio Romero
    3
    2
    2.50

    Sergio Romero

    Questions remain over his confidence in claiming the high ball after he conceded yet another goal from a set-piece, but his shot-stopping remains impressive.

  • Ezequiel Garay
    7
    1
    2.50

    Ezequiel Garay

    Looked very comfortable with the Albiceleste tactic of continually taking the ball out from the back, and also weighed in with several decent interventions.

  • Federico Fernández
    5
    1
    2.50

    Federico Fernández

    Made a big mistake in taking his eye off Olsson, who headed home Sweden's equaliser.

  • Hugo Campagnaro
    7
    0
    1.00

    Hugo Campagnaro

    A tactical masterstroke moving the Napoli man to the left, allowing Di Maria to surge forward at will to devastating effect.

  • Pablo Zabaleta
    11
    0
    3.00

    Pablo Zabaleta

    A key component of Argentina's devastating counterattacks, getting up and down the pitch and rarely caught out when called on to defend.

  • Ángel Di María
    17
    5
    4.00

    Ángel Di María

    A masterful display in the first half, showing how much he has grown as a player with his passing yielding the first two goals. Withdrawn at the break.

  • Fernando Gago
    10
    2
    4.00

    Fernando Gago

    The new Velez recruit formed an effective midfield duo with Mascherano, doing all the hard work so the stars in front could run rampant.

  • Javier Mascherano
    11
    2
    3.50

    Javier Mascherano

    Harried, tackled, and anchored brilliantly the middle of the pitch for Argentina, winning the midfield battle with Kallstrom and Svensson.

  • Gonzalo Higuaín
    25
    11
    5.00

    Gonzalo Higuaín

    Added two more to his ever-growing tally for the national team, with a pair of typical poacher finishes.

  • Lionel Messi
    51
    5
    4.00

    Lionel Messi

    Even though he did not make the scoresheet, the Barcelona star was the man who made the entire Argentina attack tick. Only acrobatics from Isaksson denied him a goal.

  • Sergio Agüero
    23
    1
    4.00

    Sergio Agüero

    A constant nuisance for the Sweden backline with his movement and eye for breaking the defence. Netted one classy finish, but could have added more.

Substitutions

  • Cristian Ansaldi
    2
    1
    2.50

    Cristian Ansaldi

    Replaced Zabaleta with 30 minutes to play, and acquitted himself well.

  • Fabricio Coloccini
    1
    1
    2.00

    Fabricio Coloccini

    Looked just as shaky from set-pieces as the starting centre-back pair after being introduced late on.

  • Ever Banega
    2
    1
    3.00

    Ever Banega

    The Valencia man made a calm, assured return to the international fold after a long absence through injury.

  • Walter Montillo
    1
    1
    2.50

    Walter Montillo

    Replaced Di Maria at half-time, but could not give the same explosive impact.

  • Ezequiel Lavezzi
    3
    1
    2.50

    Ezequiel Lavezzi

    Given little time to shine, but still threatened the Sweden defence in his short stint.

  • Franco Di Santo
    3
    2

    Franco Di Santo

    A cameo for the Wigan man as he came on for Higuain.

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