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September 2, 2011 9:30 AM EDT
Yuba Bharati Krirangan (Salt Lake Stadium) — Kalkātā (Kolkata), West Bengal
Referee:‬ A. Rowan‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Venezuela 0-1 Argentina

Goal.com reviews the performances of the players involved in Argentina's narrow victory over Venezuela in the friendly in Kolkata on Friday

By Vasil Kotsev

  • R. Romo
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    R. Romo

    Looked unconvincing in goal as more often than not he failed to collect shots first time. Could have done a lot better for the winner as he allowed the header to fly past him rather easily.

  • Amorebieta
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    Amorebieta

    Caught flat-footed on a couple of occasions as Messi had a field day, and generally struggled with his positioning. Could have done a lot better to mark Otamendi in the build up to the goal.

  • Roberto Rosales
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    Roberto Rosales

    The defender was occasionally higher up the pitch than needed, and allowed Di Maria too much space on the wing. He did make one wonderful tackle to deny the Real Madrid man in the 9th minute, but was generally susceptible in defence. Improved in the second half.

  • O. Vizcarrondo
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    O. Vizcarrondo

    The defender, who delivered an impressive showing at Copa America earlier this year, had a decent game against Argentina. Read the game well and was strong in the air, but lacked pace at times, and had trouble containing Messi.

  • Gabriel Cichero
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    Gabriel Cichero

    The Lens man had a good game in defence, but his contribution in attack left a lot to be desired. Was pinned back in the second period, and generally struggled.

  • Tomás Eduardo Rincón
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    Tomás Eduardo Rincón

    The Hamburg man did not have the best of matches today as he struggled to impose himself in the centre of the pitch. His work-rate was decent, but his final product was below par.

  • C. González
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    C. González

    Drove forward on a couple of occasions, but was not clinical enough in front of goal to make his chances count. Did his fair share of defensive work, and passed the ball well.

  • Frank Feltscher
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    Frank Feltscher

    Showed great dribbling and control, but failed to make the difference as his final ball let him down on more than one occasion.

  • Agnel Flores
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    Agnel Flores

    The midfielder had a sub-par match as he struggled to get the upper hand against Mascherano and Lucho Gonzalez. Threaded in a few good balls, but his impact overall was minimal.

  • Miku
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    Miku

    The striker drifted in and out of the game as the lack of service from midfield clearly affected him. Made a few intelligent runs, but generally struggled upfront.

  • Rondón
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    Rondón

    The Malaga striker had an abysmal game, wasting his team's best chance of the first half in the 16th minute, when he failed to connect with a simple ball and slot in behind Romero. Marked out of the game by Argentina's defence.

Substitutions

  • Andres Tuñez Arceo
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    Andres Tuñez Arceo

    Substituted in just before the final whistle.

  • Yohandry Orozco
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    Yohandry Orozco

    Late substitution.

  • Manolo Zambrano
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    Manolo Zambrano

    Replaced Amorebieta in the 90th minute

  • Sergio Romero
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    Sergio Romero

    The new Sampdoria goalkeeper had a very good game, pulling off some good saves to deny Venezuela. The highlight of his performance was his block on Gonzales on the hour mark.

  • Pablo Zabaleta
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    Pablo Zabaleta

    Sound defensively, but pretty much invisible in the final third. Showed good tackling and positioning.

  • Martín Demichelis
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    Martín Demichelis

    His concentration collapses were not on show in this game as the ex-Bayern Munich man did well to contain team-mate Rondon. Read the game superbly and was quick to close down opponents.

  • M. Rojo
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    M. Rojo

    The young defender had a great game as he looked comfortable both in defence and in attack. Made a few great runs, and gave Rosario plenty to worry about on the flank.

  • Nicolás Otamendi
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    Nicolás Otamendi

    The Porto centre-half delivered a commanding performance for Argentina as he secured the victory with a fine second half header. Rock-solid at the back, the centre-half did his reputation only good in this game.

  • Lucho González
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    Lucho González

    The Olympique Marseille star started slowly as he looked uncomfortable on the ball, but gradually began to improve. Passed well and dictated the tempo.

  • Javier Mascherano
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    Javier Mascherano

    The Barcelona man covered a lot of ground and was the main reason for Argentina's dominance in the centre of the pitch. Tackled cleanly and was always willing to fight for the ball.

  • Ricardo Álvarez
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    Ricardo Álvarez

    A completely anonymous game by the new Inter signing, who struggled to make an impact. Looked isolated and was substituted after the break.

  • Ángel Di María
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    Ángel Di María

    The Real Madrid man could have done better to take his first half chances as his leniency could have cost his team the victory. Dribbled well, and gave Rosales plenty to worry about, but his final ball was below his standards.

  • Lionel Messi
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    Lionel Messi

    Argentina's new skipper had an outstanding game as he was at the centre of everything interesting on the pitch. Provided the assist for the winner, and threaded in countless through-balls for his team-mates, including the pass to Higuain after which the Real Madrid striker hit the bar in the second half.

  • Gonzalo Higuaín
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    Gonzalo Higuaín

    The striker looked isolated upfront as Argentina looked to attack through Messi, but made himself useful with some intelligent runs and cunning positioning. Hit the bar with a delightful lob in the second half.

Substitutions

  • Federico Fernández
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    Federico Fernández

    Late substitution for Zabaleta.

  • José Sosa
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    José Sosa

    The ex-Bayern Munich game was given some time to impress, but offered nothing special.

  • Sergio Agüero
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    Sergio Agüero

    The Manchester City striker failed to add to his tally in his short cameo.

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