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2 vs 1
Played
June 16, 2013 6:00 PM EDT
Itaipava Arena Pernambuco — Recife, Pernambuco
Referee:‬ Y. Nishimura‎
Attendance:‬ 41705‎
 
20′ Pedro
Luis Suárez 88′
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Spain 2-1 Uruguay

La Roja showed their class with a fantastic first half but then took their foot off the gas in the second and had to watch Suárez score a fantastic free kick

By Martin Langer

  • Iker Casillas
    55
    9
    3.00

    Iker Casillas

    After the controversy that surrounded his selection as a starter, the Real Madrid keeper didn't even have to make a save as Uruguay never threatened him.

  • Piqué
    42
    8
    3.00

    Piqué

    Very solid. Was never afraid of going physical against a big striker like Cavani and always came out on top.

  • Sergio Ramos
    44
    17
    3.50

    Sergio Ramos

    Almost blameless. Was always sharp to deny space to the dangerous Uruguay attackers and seemed very comfortable with the ball at his feet.

  • Arbeloa
    33
    15
    3.50

    Arbeloa

    Surprisingly good performance after being really disappointing at Real Madrid this term. Wasn't shy to foray into offensive lands and never seemed threatened.

  • Jordi Alba
    51
    7
    4.00

    Jordi Alba

    Was his usual lively self and was a headache for the Uruguayan defenders. He lacked some sharpness on the final third, however.

  • Andrés Iniesta Luján
    92
    9
    4.50

    Andrés Iniesta Luján Top of the Match

    Was unbelievably good, pulling the strings in midfield and making some PlayStation dribbles. Lacked only a goal or an assist to cap a fantastic performance.

  • Xavi
    56
    7
    3.50

    Xavi

    Today he made clear that he's still the midfield maestro that everybody loves. Delivered the corner for Pedro's goal. Replaced in the 76th minute by Javi Martinez.

  • Cesc Fàbregas
    91
    10
    4.50

    Cesc Fàbregas

    Barcelona fans will surely wonder why he couldn't put up a display like this when wearing the Barcelona shirt this season. The man of the match, no doubt. Was substituted by Cazorla at the 64th minute and received a standing ovation by the crowd.

  • Busquets
    38
    11
    3.50

    Busquets

    For the first time he played an official match as a lone anchorman, due to Xabi Alonso's withdrawal and he didn't miss a beat.

  • Pedro
    45
    10
    4.00

    Pedro

    Was very lively in the first half and scored the first goal with a long-range shot that was deflected. Lost a step in the second half but was still dangerous.

  • Roberto Soldado
    50
    11
    4.00

    Roberto Soldado

    Showed that Del Bosque was right to choose him as the starting number nine. Scored with a clinical finish and was always dangerous.

Substitutions

  • Javi Martínez
    29
    8
    3.00

    Javi Martínez

    Only got some minutes at the end of the game and couldn't leave a mark.

  • Santi Cazorla
    31
    15
    3.00

    Santi Cazorla

    Replaced Cesc a little past the hour mark but proved to be a downgrade on the Barcelona midfielder.

  • Juan Mata
    36
    6

    Juan Mata

    Didn't have time to impress.

  • Néstor Muslera Micol
    8
    8
    3.00

    Néstor Muslera Micol

    Had nothing to do on the goals but didn't seem confortable during the whole match.

  • Diego Lugano
    1
    19
    2.00

    Diego Lugano Flop of the Match

    It was clear that the Málaga man is not a top-class defender anymore. Always seemed a step behind and was constantly over-matched by Soldado

  • Maxi Pereira
    3
    11
    2.50

    Maxi Pereira

    The worst of the Uruguayan back four. Had the task of containing Cesc's forays on the wing and Alba's forward runs. Failed miserably. Played Soldado onside for the second goal.

  • Martín Cáceres
    8
    6
    3.00

    Martín Cáceres

    Tried to frustrate Pedro with his pace but ended up backheeling more than we would have liked. Couldn't contribute on the other half either.

  • Diego Godín
    5
    8
    2.50

    Diego Godín

    Marginally better than Lugano but still struggled with the Spanish movement. Managed a couple of last-gasp recoveries to prevent a rout.

  • Walter Gargano
    1
    9
    2.50

    Walter Gargano

    Will have nightmares with Andrés Iniesta and Xavi as he only managed to see their numbers during the match. Was substituted by Lodeiro at the 75th minute.

  • Cristian Rodríguez
    4
    6
    3.00

    Cristian Rodríguez

    He was supposed to be the link between the midfielders and the attackers but couldn't get a sniff of the ball.

  • Diego Pérez
    2
    10
    2.50

    Diego Pérez

    Run tirelessly... but aimlessly. He was supposed to be the strong player for Uruguay in midfield but was nowhere to be seen.

  • G. Ramírez
    5
    11
    3.00

    G. Ramírez

    Very disappointing debut on an International competition. He was substituted at halftime, and rightly so, as he was completely lost on the pitch.

  • Luis Suárez
    34
    10
    3.50

    Luis Suárez

    Was mostly invisible and the few times he touched the ball, he misplaced his passes. Redeemed himself late on with a brilliant free kick.

  • Edinson Cavani
    10
    21
    2.00

    Edinson Cavani

    Tried to overmatch Piqué and Ramos with his physical game but the Spanish pair was just too strong for him. Never stopped trying though.

Substitutions

  • N. Lodeiro
    5
    7
    3.00

    N. Lodeiro

    Tried to provide a spark to the Celeste midfield but was too little, too late.

  • Alvaro Gonzalez
    2
    7
    3.00

    Alvaro Gonzalez

    Entered at the second half to solidify Uruguay's midfield and succeeded, although it's not easy to tell if it was him or that Spain just decided to take the foot of the gas.

  • Diego Forlán
    11
    10

    Diego Forlán

    Entered midway through the second half to a roaring ovation but failed to make an impression.

Results
Group A Matchday 1
Times In EDT
 
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4 0
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