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2 vs 3
Played
February 6, 2013 7:30 PM GMT
Friends Arena — Solna
Referee:‬ A. Gautier‎
Attendance:‬ 49646‎
 
18′ Jonas Olsson
M. Lustig 3′ (OG)
90+5′ Rasmus Elm
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Sweden 2-3 Argentina

Goal.com rates the men involved in Wednesday's friendly at the Friends Arena, where an entertaining match ended with Alejandro Sabella's men narrowly taking the honours

By Daniel Edwards

  • Andreas Isaksson
    38
    12
    3.00

    Andreas Isaksson

    Given a thankless task between the posts, as Argentina's stars used his net almost for target practice. A marvellous piece of improvised goalkeeping saved a certain fourth.

  • Andreas Granqvist
    6
    25
    2.00

    Andreas Granqvist

    Like the rest of the Sweden defence, simply had no answer to Argentina's attacking force, who broke through almost at will.

  • Jonas Olsson
    14
    19
    2.00

    Jonas Olsson

    Got his team on the scoresheet with a towering header, but it will be small consolation after a nightmare evening.

  • M. Lustig
    4
    36
    1.50

    M. Lustig

    His unfortunate deflection sent the first goal spiralling past Isaksson with barely two minutes played. Given a torrid time at the back by Higuain and Di Maria.

  • Martin Olsson
    24
    12
    2.00

    Martin Olsson

    The only defender in yellow to give a decent account of himself, keeping the left flank more or less quiet as Argentine attackers streamed in elsewhere.

  • Alexander Kacaniklic
    25
    22
    1.00

    Alexander Kacaniklic

    The young forward was enthusiastic and never gave up his quest to break open the visitors, going close on more than one occasion.

  • Kim Källström
    7
    28
    2.50

    Kim Källström

    Started the game out of position and sluggish, and was punished by the Albiceleste's devastating counterattacking. Withdrew to the edge of his own area and plugged some gaps.

  • Sebastian Larsson
    7
    27
    1.50

    Sebastian Larsson

    Could not find the space to operate on a right flank well-policed by Campagnaro, and ended up fading into obscurity.

  • Anders Svensson
    5
    34
    0.50

    Anders Svensson

    Argentina's 2002 nemesis could not match his Japan heroics, as he was overrun in the middle. Withdrawn on the hour.

  • Tobias Hysen
    6
    22
    1.50

    Tobias Hysen

    Given few sights of goal during a match spent almost entirely on the back foot by the home team.

  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic
    42
    60
    1.50

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    A lacklustre showing from the Paris Saint-Germain star, who barely featured before coming off at half-time.

Substitutions

  • Adam Johansson
    10
    15
    2.50

    Adam Johansson

    Appeared to shore up the defence, although that may have had more to do with the exit of Di Maria.

  • Jimmy Durmaz
    15
    16
    2.00

    Jimmy Durmaz

    Given 13 minutes at the end in place of Kacaniklic.

  • Pontus Wernbloom
    7
    23
    1.00

    Pontus Wernbloom

    Only contribution was a reckless tackle that earned him a yellow card.

  • Rasmus Elm
    31
    9
    2.50

    Rasmus Elm

    Gave his side the perfect end to a painful match, with his stunning late goal.

  • Mathias Ranégie
    5
    23
    2.00

    Mathias Ranégie

    Replaced Ibrahimovic at half-time but did little of note.

  • Sergio Romero
    29
    28
    2.50

    Sergio Romero

    Questions remain over his confidence in claiming the high ball after he conceded yet another goal from a set-piece, but his shot-stopping remains impressive.

  • Ezequiel Garay
    54
    8
    2.50

    Ezequiel Garay

    Looked very comfortable with the Albiceleste tactic of continually taking the ball out from the back, and also weighed in with several decent interventions.

  • Federico Fernández
    47
    13
    2.50

    Federico Fernández

    Made a big mistake in taking his eye off Olsson, who headed home Sweden's equaliser.

  • Hugo Campagnaro
    47
    16
    1.00

    Hugo Campagnaro

    A tactical masterstroke moving the Napoli man to the left, allowing Di Maria to surge forward at will to devastating effect.

  • Pablo Zabaleta
    73
    8
    3.00

    Pablo Zabaleta

    A key component of Argentina's devastating counterattacks, getting up and down the pitch and rarely caught out when called on to defend.

  • Ángel Di María
    148
    15
    4.00

    Ángel Di María

    A masterful display in the first half, showing how much he has grown as a player with his passing yielding the first two goals. Withdrawn at the break.

  • Fernando Gago
    90
    12
    4.00

    Fernando Gago

    The new Velez recruit formed an effective midfield duo with Mascherano, doing all the hard work so the stars in front could run rampant.

  • Javier Mascherano
    92
    27
    3.50

    Javier Mascherano

    Harried, tackled, and anchored brilliantly the middle of the pitch for Argentina, winning the midfield battle with Kallstrom and Svensson.

  • Gonzalo Higuaín
    206
    28
    5.00

    Gonzalo Higuaín

    Added two more to his ever-growing tally for the national team, with a pair of typical poacher finishes.

  • Messi
    279
    59
    4.00

    Messi

    Even though he did not make the scoresheet, the Barcelona star was the man who made the entire Argentina attack tick. Only acrobatics from Isaksson denied him a goal.

  • Sergio Agüero
    152
    17
    4.00

    Sergio Agüero

    A constant nuisance for the Sweden backline with his movement and eye for breaking the defence. Netted one classy finish, but could have added more.

Substitutions

  • Cristian Ansaldi
    37
    8
    2.50

    Cristian Ansaldi

    Replaced Zabaleta with 30 minutes to play, and acquitted himself well.

  • Fabricio Coloccini
    25
    20
    2.00

    Fabricio Coloccini

    Looked just as shaky from set-pieces as the starting centre-back pair after being introduced late on.

  • Ever Banega
    52
    10
    3.00

    Ever Banega

    The Valencia man made a calm, assured return to the international fold after a long absence through injury.

  • Walter Montillo
    24
    12
    2.50

    Walter Montillo

    Replaced Di Maria at half-time, but could not give the same explosive impact.

  • Ezequiel Lavezzi
    53
    7
    2.50

    Ezequiel Lavezzi

    Given little time to shine, but still threatened the Sweden defence in his short stint.

  • Franco Di Santo
    31
    7

    Franco Di Santo

    A cameo for the Wigan man as he came on for Higuain.

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