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October 11, 2011 8:50 PM EDT
Estadio Olímpico General José Antonio Anzoátegui — Puerto la Cruz
Referee:‬ R. Silvera‎
Attendance:‬ 37000‎
 
61′ Amorebieta
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Venezuela 1-0 Argentina

Goal.com rates those involved in a truly historic night in Puerto La Cruz, where the Vinotinto finally broke their protracted losing streak against Argentina.

By Daniel Edwards

  • R. Vega
    5
    0
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    R. Vega

    A titan between the posts for his nation. The keeper stopped a string of chances early on as his side struggled to settle, ensuring that when they lifted their game it was from a clean slate

  • Roberto Rosales
    3
    0
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    Roberto Rosales

    Flawless on the right, always willing to put his body on the line and was a constant nuisance for the Argentine midfield as they attempted to create

  • O. Vizcarrondo
    6
    0
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    O. Vizcarrondo

    The Olimpo defender was one of the heroes of the evening. His grizzled, bearded visage will give Higuain many sleepless nights as he tirelessly destroyed Argentina's attacking intentions

  • Amorebieta
    7
    1
    0.00

    Amorebieta

    In just his second cap, this Bilbao man made sure his name will never be forgotten. Did not put a foot wrong in defense, and somehow got down to head in the winner that ensured a first ever victory for Venezuela over Argentina

  • Gabriel Cichero
    4
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    Gabriel Cichero

    Completely nullified the threat of a poor Zabaleta down the right hand side, and added a certain attacking threat as well with some probing runs

  • Tomás Eduardo Rincón
    3
    1
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    Tomás Eduardo Rincón

    The center midfielder struggled at first to contain his illustrious opponents, but slowly fought back into contention and by the second half was enjoying the upper hand

  • F. Lucena
    4
    0
    0.00

    F. Lucena

    A dynamic, tenacious performance in the middle. Lucena played with unlimited heart, and heroically threw himself in front of Higuain's shot late on to ensure victory

  • C. González
    3
    0
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    C. González

    The River Plate winger was another who just got better, and gave Marcos Rojo a very uncomfortable evening on the right wing

  • Juan Fernando Arango
    7
    0
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    Juan Fernando Arango

    Captain fantastic. Arango ran the midfield for the Vinotinto, and his dead-ball ability swayed the game; not least in his perfect delivery for the goal. Only two top-quality saves from Andujar denied him his own goal

  • Miku
    4
    0
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    Miku

    Largely ignored in the first-half as Venezuela favored the long ball, but got more involved after the break when their game allowed more short passing. Never stopped pressuring the defense and forcing mistakes

  • Rondón
    2
    1
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    Rondón

    Ran some hard yards in the first period, and was rewarded later with the ball at his feet. Always dangerous, and almost scored the goal of his life after he skinned two defenders

Substitutions

  • Frank Feltscher
    2
    0
    0.00

    Frank Feltscher

    A short but important cameo, a ripping long-range effort forced Andujar to tip dramatically over the bar

  • Julio Álvarez
    0
    0
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    Julio Álvarez

    Given a few minutes at the end in place of the exhausted Gonzalez

  • Alejandro Moreno
    0
    0
    0.00

    Alejandro Moreno

    Came on at the death to run a few more seconds off the clock

  • Mariano Andújar
    2
    1
    0.00

    Mariano Andújar

    Comfortably the best player on the Albiceleste side. If not for a string of big saves, the scoreline could have passed from unfortunate to humiliating. Nothing he could do on the goal

  • Martín Demichelis
    0
    6
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    Martín Demichelis

    Ineffective, uncertain, slack, lazy; all adjectives to describe a very disappointing performance at the back from Demichelis, who was too often found wandering

  • Nicolas Burdisso
    0
    2
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    Nicolas Burdisso

    Made a couple of important interceptions, but again was poor at set-pieces and showed nothing to justify his place in the Argentine first team

  • Nicolás Otamendi
    0
    2
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    Nicolás Otamendi

    Painfully immature performance from the Porto youngster. Too many fouls were given away in key areas, and his distribution from deep was calamitous

  • Pablo Zabaleta
    0
    3
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    Pablo Zabaleta

    Offered almost nothing going forward, and was guilty in defense of continually being out of position as Arango dominated the flank

  • M. Rojo
    1
    2
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    M. Rojo

    The kid's worst performance in an Argentina shirt. Could not break out of defense, and wasted several key attacking opportunities with some woeful control and crossing

  • José Sosa
    0
    3
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    José Sosa

    Started well, with some excellent touches in and around the box. As the game went on though he was starved of possession, and not equipped with the forethought and dynamism to go looking for it

  • Javier Mascherano
    0
    6
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    Javier Mascherano

    Needed to be much, much bigger as the anchorman than he was. By no means the worst player on the pitch, but the Argentine game broke down in the transition from defense to midfield and this should have been marshaled by the former captain

  • Ángel Di María
    2
    2
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    Ángel Di María

    Electric against Chile, but a burnt-out fuse on Tuesday evening. One mazy run caught the attention, but he suffered the fate of his fellow attackers in being starved of the ball after the half hour

  • Lionel Messi
    25
    12
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    Lionel Messi

    Isolated, pressured and, ultimately, defeated. A handful of speculative shots was all the inspirational forward mustered against a tide of tacklers, but he was not helped by his lackluster colleagues

  • Gonzalo Higuaín
    7
    3
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    Gonzalo Higuaín

    Hard to believe that this was the same effervescent character who smashed three on Friday. Forlorn and overwhelmed, and forced to chase desperate long-balls to see anything of the action around him

Substitutions

  • Javier Pastore
    4
    0
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    Javier Pastore

    Finally played a part, but four minutes at the end with the game lost was not exactly what the PSG man would have wanted

  • Ever Banega
    1
    4
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    Ever Banega

    Came in after the goal, but his only contribution of note was a vicious tackle on Arango that was very fortunate to escape a card

  • Rodrigo Palacio
    0
    1
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    Rodrigo Palacio

    Brought into the action late on but with no time to make a difference

Results
Matchday 2
Times In EDT
 
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