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October 12, 2012 8:00 PM EDT
Estadio Malvinas Argentinas — Mendoza, Provincia de Mendoza
Referee:‬ Leandro Pedro Vuaden‎
Attendance:‬ 31997‎
 
66′ Lionel Messi
 
 
80′ Lionel Messi
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Argentina 3-0 Uruguay

Two goals from Lionel Messi and one from Aguero led the Albiceleste to a convincing victory on Friday evening, continuing their rivals' poor post-Olympics form.

By Daniel Edwards

  • Sergio Romero
    55
    5
    3.00

    Sergio Romero

    Virtually a spectator for large portions of Friday's clash, a smart stop from Suarez standing out as one of the few times the keeper was called into action.

  • Ezequiel Garay
    50
    2
    3.00

    Ezequiel Garay

    Wasted an excellent chance to hit the net when his shot went over. Barely troubled at the back.

  • M. Rojo
    51
    6
    3.50

    M. Rojo

    One of the Spartak man's better games in an Argentina shirt. Got forward well, releasing a couple of decent long efforts.

  • Pablo Zabaleta
    51
    11
    3.00

    Pablo Zabaleta

    Was given trouble by Cavani when the Napoli star got forward, affording his opposite number too much space at times. Linked well in attack.

  • Federico Fernández
    55
    2
    3.00

    Federico Fernández

    Looks more and more comfortable with every appearance marshaling the Argentina backline. Given no problems by either Forlan or Suarez.

  • Ángel Di María
    88
    21
    4.00

    Ángel Di María

    Started brightly, but seemed to fade out the match in the second half - until his wonderful low cross set Messi up to provide the breakthrough. Another fantastic assist for El Kun.

  • Fernando Gago
    47
    23
    3.00

    Fernando Gago

    Unerring in his passing, and never shied away from the rough stuff against Arevalo. Impressive stuff.

  • Javier Mascherano
    70
    13
    3.00

    Javier Mascherano

    Never standing out, the Barcelona star's diligent harrying and distribution was nevertheless a vital part of the control his side enjoyed from the off.

  • Gonzalo Higuaín
    43
    45
    2.50

    Gonzalo Higuaín

    An off-night for the Real Madrid man. Was too often caught offside, and squandered one of Argentina's best chances with a tame strike.

  • Lionel Messi
    203
    22
    4.50

    Lionel Messi Top of the Match

    Went close on a couple of occasions, and found himself in the right place at the right time to finally open up the scoring 25 minutes from the end. Rounded off the win with a brilliant free kick.

  • Sergio Agüero
    104
    8
    4.00

    Sergio Agüero

    Got the goal that a tremendous performance deserved in the second half, starting and finishing a brilliant counter attack with an easy finish.

Substitutions

  • Hugo Campagnaro
    33
    4

    Hugo Campagnaro

    A second-half substitute for Rojo, was barely troubled by a Uruguay in full retreat.

  • Pablo Guiñazú
    28
    7

    Pablo Guiñazú

    Given 15 minutes at the end as Aguero's replacement.

  • Hernán Barcos
    32
    6

    Hernán Barcos

    The substitute nearly crowned a late cameo with an exquisite goal, only to be called offside.

  • Néstor Muslera Micol
    17
    10
    2.50

    Néstor Muslera Micol

    Made several decent saves to keep Argentina at bay from deep. Should have done better to stop Messi from handing Argentina the lead.

  • Diego Godín
    5
    14
    2.50

    Diego Godín

    Did well for the first hour to keep the hosts at bay, but looked exposed when Lugano left the field and saw two clinical goals pass him.

  • Diego Lugano
    7
    19
    2.50

    Diego Lugano

    Caught out badly on one occasion by Aguero which almost led to disaster. His usual unflappable self in the air, lucky to stay on the field before being replaced by Scotti.

  • Martín Cáceres
    19
    12
    3.00

    Martín Cáceres

    One of the stars of the Uruguay effort. Solid at the back, and got forward confidently almost setting up Suarez in the second half.

  • Maxi Pereira
    3
    25
    2.00

    Maxi Pereira

    Did not pick up Di Maria on the left in the passage that led to the opening goal, a black mark in an otherwise decent display.

  • E. Arévalo
    2
    14
    2.50

    E. Arévalo

    Fierce in the middle of the pitch, put in several uncompromising tackles although struggled with the fluidity of Argentina's passing.

  • Alvaro Gonzalez
    2
    17
    2.00

    Alvaro Gonzalez Flop of the Match

    Replaced Gaston Ramirez but could not replicate the Southampton man's dynamism going forward.

  • Walter Gargano
    7
    15
    3.00

    Walter Gargano

    Along with Arevalo, tried valiantly to stop an Argentine passing game that ran like clockwork from the first whistle.

  • Diego Forlán
    13
    27
    2.00

    Diego Forlán

    Drifted in and out of proceedings, unable to stamp his authority on the game in the face of decent marking from the hosts.

  • Edinson Cavani
    16
    30
    2.50

    Edinson Cavani

    Looked lively on the left hand side of midfield, although would have benefited from more time on the ball. One good shot threatened Romero's goal.

  • Luis Suárez
    19
    37
    2.50

    Luis Suárez

    Not exactly spoiled for chances as Argentina controlled proceedings, forced one good stop out of Romero in a rare attacking foray.

Substitutions

  • A. Scotti
    4
    11
    2.00

    A. Scotti

    His entry for Lugano coincided with the collapse of Uruguay's defense in the last half-hour.

  • Cristian Rodríguez
    3
    11

    Cristian Rodríguez

    Came on late for Gonzalez but given no chance to change the course of the game.

Results
Matchday 9
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