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March 26, 2013 4:00 PM EDT
Estadio Hernando Siles — La Paz
Referee:‬ E. Osses‎
Attendance:‬ 35000‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Bolivia 1-1 Argentina

Goal.com rates the men on show in the Estadio Hernando Siles, as the CONMEBOL leaders fought back from a goal down to take a point and remain on course to qualify for Brazil

By Daniel Edwards

  • S. Galarza
    4
    4
    3.50

    S. Galarza

    Came to prominence with a brilliant save from Palacio in the first half, although should have done better with Argentina's goal after being caught out with the header. A fantastic stop from Messi saved his side from coming away with nothing.

  • Edward Zenteno
    2
    3
    2.50

    Edward Zenteno

    Always strong in the center, marking Palacio efficiently and ensuring Argentina made few inroads into the penalty area.

  • L. Gutiérrez
    2
    3
    2.00

    L. Gutiérrez

    Gave no edge to Argentina alongside Zenteno in the middle of defense, hitting hard and restricting the away chances to a trickle.

  • R. Raldés
    3
    3
    3.00

    R. Raldés

    Stood up well to the pace of Di Maria on the left, but was vulnerable to the overlap. Earned a yellow card in the second half for a brutal challenge on the Madrid man.

  • J. Torrico
    2
    4
    2.50

    J. Torrico

    Played a busy first half, but was sacrificed during the break as Bolivia looked for an extra dimension going forward.

  • Alejandro Chumacero
    3
    2
    3.50

    Alejandro Chumacero

    Caused Argentina grave problems during the first half with his drifts to the right and accurate crossing. Faded after the break, but left his mark with an assist.

  • R. Cardozo
    2
    3
    3.00

    R. Cardozo

    Bolivia's principal creative outlet popped up across the pitch, happy to hold up the ball and search for space out wide. A wicked left-foot shot almost surprised Romero before going wide.

  • D. Bejarano
    3
    2
    3.00

    D. Bejarano

    The fullback was a constant presence during the first half, breaking forward and making Clemente's life a misery. Denied an early goal by Romero's reflexes.

  • C. Saucedo
    3
    2
    3.00

    C. Saucedo

    A worthy foil for Martins in attack, constantly dragging defenders out of position and going close himself both in the air and with his feet.

  • Marcelo Moreno
    3
    2
    4.00

    Marcelo Moreno

    The physical No.9 loves playing against Argentina, and found the net for the third straight Albiceleste game with a perfectly-placed header.

Substitutions

  • M. Bejarano
    3
    3
    2.50

    M. Bejarano

    Came on at halftime as an extra option going forward, but could not make the difference in a game that tightened up after the break.

  • G. Mojica
    2
    2

    G. Mojica

    Entered for Cardozo, but had little opportunity to shine.

  • J. Arce
    2
    2

    J. Arce

    One sparkling break down the right was the highlight for the rapid late substitute.

  • Sergio Romero
    10
    3
    3.00

    Sergio Romero

    Had no chance with Martins' towering header, and indeed came to the rescue for his team with some excellent saves.

  • Clemente Rodríguez
    3
    9
    2.00

    Clemente Rodríguez

    The veteran was given a torrid time out wide, beaten time and again as Bolivia rained in crosses; although he redeemed himself with a great assist for Banega.

  • Gino Peruzzi
    9
    4
    3.50

    Gino Peruzzi

    Looked somewhat overwhelmed at times as he was given a baptism of fire with the national team, but was better going forward and was always ready to launch the counter.

  • Hugo Campagnaro
    7
    6
    3.00

    Hugo Campagnaro

    Did little to convince that he could be a serious alternative to Fernandez and Garay in the middle, dominated physically and sloppy marking.

  • José María Basanta
    8
    7
    3.00

    José María Basanta

    The Monterrey star was given the toughest debut possible in La Paz, and was caught out on more than one occasion as Bolivia rained in crosses.

  • S. Domínguez
    7
    7
    2.50

    S. Domínguez

    A surprise appearance for the Velez defender, and he struggled to contain the physical presence of Martins, looking lost in the opening goal.

  • Ángel Di María
    28
    3
    3.00

    Ángel Di María

    Argentina's most dangerous player, stretched the defense almost every time he received the ball but was guilty of missing one golden chance.

  • Ever Banega
    19
    2
    3.50

    Ever Banega

    Struggled to contain the Verde's dynamic midfield, looking ragged at times. Took brilliantly his header, however, to restore parity on the stroke of half time.

  • Javier Mascherano
    30
    2
    4.50

    Javier Mascherano

    One of the few survivors from the Venezuela win, 'El Jefecito' showed no sign of tired legs in a typically combative performance, providing a wonderful pass to set up the equalizer.

  • Lionel Messi
    38
    31
    2.50

    Lionel Messi

    Forced to play in a more withdrawn role than what he has become accustomed in the Seleccion, and it showed as he rarely threatened to break his scoring duck against Bolivia. Missed a chance at the end he usually tucks away 99 times out of 100.

  • Rodrigo Palacio
    5
    10
    2.00

    Rodrigo Palacio

    Looked isolated up front and failed to combine with the withdrawn Messi; wasted a glorious chance on one of the rare occasions he received the ball in the box.

Substitutions

  • Pablo Guiñazú
    4
    5

    Pablo Guiñazú

    Entered in injury time.

  • Leonardo Ponzio
    5
    5

    Leonardo Ponzio

    Came in to provide more bite in the midfield, and generally fulfilled his remit.

  • Franco Di Santo
    6
    3

    Franco Di Santo

    Little time for the forward who replaced Palacio at the end.

Results
Matchday 12
Times In EDT
 
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