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February 6, 2013 2:30 PM EST
Amsterdam ArenA — Amsterdam
Referee:‬ C. Çakιr‎
Attendance:‬ 45000‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Netherlands 1-1 Italy

Goal.com evaluates the performances of everyone involved in Amsterdam, after Marco Verratti cancels out Jeremain Lens' opener right at the death

By Mark Doyle

  • Tim Krul
    13
    2
    3.00

    Tim Krul

    Very confident and composed under the high ball, the Newcastle goalkeeper was surprisingly given very little else to do before Verratti struck in injury-time.

  • Bruno Martins Indi
    10
    3
    3.00

    Bruno Martins Indi

    Strong display at the back from the versatile Feyenoord defender, who made a crucial intervention when Abate looked certain to leave Balotelli with a tap-in towards the tail end of the first half.

  • Daley Blind
    7
    4
    3.00

    Daley Blind

    The Ajax fullback was a tad overzealous in his tackling and was also repeatedly bypassed by Abate, but it would be wrong to be too harsh on a player who was making his debut and who eventually got to grips with the task at hand.

  • Daryl Janmaat
    7
    6
    3.00

    Daryl Janmaat

    Unable to control an early high ball but was incredibly solid thereafter, doing wonderfully well to clear when under pressure from El Shaarawy. Then played his part in Lens' opener with a fine overlapping run and cross into the area.

  • Stefan de Vrij
    8
    5
    3.00

    Stefan de Vrij

    Solid performance from the man who turned 21 on Tuesday. Twice made splendidly timed sliding challenges on Balotelli after the Milan forward appeared to have got the better of him.

  • Jordy Clasie
    8
    5
    3.00

    Jordy Clasie

    Instigated the move which led to the Maher snap-shot, with the kind of crisp pass that typified his contribution before being replaced at the break.

  • Adam Maher
    22
    2
    3.50

    Adam Maher

    Heavily involved inside the opening quarter, twice testing Buffon with two instinctive efforts which a lesser keeper would have failed to deal with. Continued to probe for the remainder of the game and Kuyt really should have finished off a terrific through-ball from the youngster, who really does look a class act.

  • Kevin Strootman
    10
    1
    3.00

    Kevin Strootman

    Though his passing was sometimes wayward, he was always looking to make something happen. Indeed, he tested Buffon with a fine strike from distance after a driving run from the middle of the park and went close again in the second period with a thumping strike.

  • Jeremain Lens
    17
    1
    3.50

    Jeremain Lens

    Teed up Maher for a terrific opportunity inside the opening quarter and continued to torment Santo down the right wing before opening the scoring in fine style, flicking the ball over Astori and volleying emphatically past Buffon. Could have had a second later on had it not been for the Azzurri skipper.

  • Ola John
    6
    6
    2.00

    Ola John

    Lost his footing after being presented with an opportunity to run at the Italy defense for the first time, but did reasonably well overall. Had a decent chance to double Oranje's lead at the start of the second half, but his low strike was well held by Buffon.

  • Robin van Persie
    18
    9
    3.00

    Robin van Persie

    Repeatedly drifted out to the right to good effect, fashioning the first opening of the game by leaving Santon for dead with a neat change of direction. However, his night ended early as he was replaced at halftime.

Substitutions

  • Ricardo van Rhijn
    6
    2

    Ricardo van Rhijn

    Saw only five minutes of action at the end.

  • Arjen Robben
    23
    3
    3.50

    Arjen Robben

    A man on a mission, Robben was a real livewire after coming on at halftime for Van Persie, going close to scoring himself as well as creating several openings for others with his pace and trickery.

  • Jonathan De Guzmán
    13
    1
    3.50

    Jonathan De Guzmán

    Took over from Clasie during the break and settled in very nicely indeed at the base of the Dutch midfield. Looks like he belongs at this level.

  • Dirk Kuyt
    3
    11
    2.00

    Dirk Kuyt

    Replaced John just before the hour mark and really should have made the game safe after being given a clear sight of goal by Maher. His profligacy was then punished by Verratti.

  • Gianluigi Buffon
    53
    2
    4.00

    Gianluigi Buffon Top of the Match

    Made two wonderful reaction stops from Maher early on that underlined that the 35-year-old's reflexes are as quick as ever. Continued in the same vein in the second half, saving well from Robben, John and Kuyt. Nothing he could have done about Lens' close-range strike.

  • Andrea Barzagli
    23
    7
    2.50

    Andrea Barzagli

    Easily Italy's most reliable presence at the back, from a purely defensive perspective. Made several crucial interventions when Netherlands was threatening to rip the Azzurri apart.

  • Davide Astori
    16
    5
    2.50

    Davide Astori

    Made a crucial tackle on Maher early on but was badly beaten by John for the game's opening goal. Did improve as the game went on, though.

  • Davide Santon
    18
    5
    2.50

    Davide Santon

    Left flat on his backside after being embarrassed by Van Persie's quick feet early on and also struggled to contain Lens. However, he did get better and was responsible for a couple of decent surges down the left-hand side.

  • Ignazio Abate
    22
    5
    2.50

    Ignazio Abate

    Italy's best attacker. The Milan right back was always willing to get forward in support and beyond Candreva in the first half. Indeed, three times he got in behind the Dutch back line only to see his crosses repeatedly cleared. His final ball kept letting him down but he did put one on a plate for Osvaldo late on, only to see the Roma man head wide.

  • Antonio Candreva
    5
    19
    2.50

    Antonio Candreva

    Was not afraid to try things but he was completely outshone by Abate behind him and was unsurprisingly hauled off during the break.

  • Andrea Pirlo
    34
    3
    3.00

    Andrea Pirlo

    Unable to dictate the play with his usual swagger while he was on the field and his set-pieces were also unusually poor, but he did play two sublime balls in behind that Balotelli really should have done better with.

  • Daniele De Rossi
    23
    6
    3.00

    Daniele De Rossi

    Taken off just after the hour mark having showed plenty of endeavor in the engine room if insufficient quality on the ball.

  • Riccardo Montolivo
    10
    16
    2.50

    Riccardo Montolivo

    Chopped down Van Persie inside the opening five minutes - for which he luckily avoided a booking - and that, rather depressingly, was his most noteworthy contribution to the game.

  • Mario Balotelli
    24
    17
    2.00

    Mario Balotelli

    Inexplicably tried to square the ball after being picked out by Pirlo in the area, before then blazing over after being played in by the same player. Did little else before being whipped off on 61 minutes.

  • Stephan El Shaarawy
    25
    17
    2.00

    Stephan El Shaarawy Flop of the Match

    Looked to make diagonal runs in between the right-back and center half and demonstrated his ridiculously quick feet in bamboozling John, but he saw too little of the ball before his withdrawal in the 71st minute.

Substitutions

  • Andrea Ranocchia
    12
    4

    Andrea Ranocchia

    Came on in the closing stages and looked solid enough.

  • Alessandro Florenzi
    13
    6
    2.50

    Alessandro Florenzi

    Replaced Pirlo in time for the second half and brought a bit of energy and enthusiasm to the middle of the park, coming up with a crucial steal on Maher when the No. 10 was shaping to shoot.

  • Marco Verratti
    37
    2
    3.50

    Marco Verratti

    Thrown on in place of De Rossi midway through the second period and proved a far more interested and influential figure, eventually earning Italy a draw with a well-taken finish at the end of well-worked one-two.

  • Alessandro Diamanti
    8
    8
    3.00

    Alessandro Diamanti

    Perhaps unlucky not to start, the Bologna man looked a tad too intent on making his presence felt, leaving the boot in on Robben just seconds after his introduction.

  • Alberto Gilardino
    12
    5
    2.00

    Alberto Gilardino

    Saw just over 20 minutes of action after coming on in place of El Shaarawy and very nearly netted at the far post before then teeing up Verratti for the equalizer with a neat layoff.

  • Pablo Daniel Osvaldo
    12
    9
    2.00

    Pablo Daniel Osvaldo

    Took over up front from Balotelli and could easily have scored, the striker heading wide at the back post after being picked out by Ibate.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Rank/Player Position Team Rating
1. A. PulidoStrikerMexico3.67
2. C. PeñaMidfielderMexico3.33
3. RodríguezDefenderMexico2.83
4. Rafa MárquezDefenderMexico2.83
5. L. MontesMidfielderMexico2.83
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
A. Pulido A. Pulido
Striker
Tigres
4 0
Chris Wondolowski Chris Wondolowski
Striker
San Jose Earthquakes
3 0
Neymar Neymar
Striker
Barcelona
3 0
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
2 0
Ivica Olic Ivica Olic
Striker
Wolfsburg
2 0