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3 vs 1
Played
February 6, 2013 6:00 PM GMT
Khalifa International Stadium — ad-Dōha (Doha)
Referee:‬ Fahad Al Marri‎
Attendance:‬ 48000‎
 
51′ Pedro
 
74′ Pedro
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Spain 3-1 Uruguay

Goal.com was on had to cast a critical eye over events at the Khalifa Stadium, where Pedro's second-half double saw la Roja emerge victorious

By Keeghann Sinanan

  • Víctor Valdés
    92
    44
    3.00

    Víctor Valdés

    Barely anything to to for most of the game, but was quick off his line to deny Cavani a one-on-one.

  • César Azpilicueta
    76
    31
    3.00

    César Azpilicueta

    A solid international debut for the Chelsea defender, who got forward with purpose, while providing his defence with a good degree of protection on the flanks.

  • Jordi Alba
    89
    22
    3.00

    Jordi Alba

    Made an excellent covering play in the first half to hack away a dangerous Caceres pass right in front of Suarez.

  • Carles Puyol
    70
    38
    2.00

    Carles Puyol

    The veteran defender made his 100th appearance for Spain tonight, but it was far from a happy milestone for the Barca man. Saw a goal disallowed for offside, moments before getting turned by Rodriguez for Uruguay’s first goal. Substituted at half-time for club team-mate Pique.

  • Sergio Ramos
    99
    23
    3.00

    Sergio Ramos

    Won virtually everything in the air, and was not found wanting for effort when it came to closing down the mobile pair of Cavani and Suarez.

  • Busquets
    78
    31
    3.00

    Busquets

    As always, he played a solid game in both halves of the field, protecting his back four well, while providing some nice moments in attack linking with his fellow midfielders.

  • Santi Cazorla
    108
    27
    3.00

    Santi Cazorla

    Sprayed some eye-catching passes around the field, but the feeling persists that there is still a lot more to come from Cazorla on the international stage. Capable of a lot more.

  • Cesc Fàbregas
    147
    24
    4.00

    Cesc Fàbregas

    Opened the scoring with a goal that owed everything to Muslera's shoddy handling, but it was a deserved reward for an excellent game, where he took matters by the scruff of the neck and drove his team forward in attack time and time again.

  • Andrés Iniesta Luján
    103
    22
    3.00

    Andrés Iniesta Luján

    Showcased his customary blend of silky footwork and excellent decision making, but did not quite reach the heights of his recent displays for Barcelona. Taken off in the second half for Isco.

  • Juan Mata
    77
    33
    2.50

    Juan Mata

    Peppered Muslera’s goal with one rasping drive from 20 yards out that the keeper did well to hold on to. But it was not the most enterprising display from the Chelsea man, who played within himself before departing during the interval.

  • Pedro
    148
    28
    3.50

    Pedro Top of the Match

    His scintillating international form continued as he struck his eighth and ninth goals for la Roja in the season. Both of his second half goals were taken with the clinical accuracy that we have come to expect from Pedro.

Substitutions

  • Monreal
    74
    16
    3.00

    Monreal

    Given a late run out in defence, barely tested.

  • Piqué
    97
    17
    3.50

    Piqué

    Provided Pedro with a superb assist after winning the ball deep inside the Uruguay half and sliding his Barca teammate through.

  • Isco
    95
    11
    3.00

    Isco

    Made his long awaited international debut, and showed off a few mazy dribbles, but perhaps over-elaborated on occasions.

  • Mario Suárez
    40
    19
    2.00

    Mario Suárez

    Sloppy in possession after his introduction, not the best debut for the midfielder.

  • David Villa
    107
    19
    3.00

    David Villa

    Threatening both on and off the ball, and despite missing one or two efforts, kept his head to tee up Pedro for Spain's third.

  • Negredo
    46
    22
    3.00

    Negredo

    Decent off the bench, but nothing spectacular.

  • Néstor Muslera Micol
    14
    49
    1.00

    Néstor Muslera Micol Flop of the Match

    Committed an unforgivable error early in the first half when he let an entirely catchable Fabregas shot slip squarely from his grasp and into the back of the net.

  • Diego Godín
    11
    17
    1.50

    Diego Godín

    Lucky to avoid a booking for a late challenge on Fabregas near the end of the first half. Really found wanting on a number of Spain attacks as his marking was quite poor.

  • Diego Lugano
    25
    11
    2.50

    Diego Lugano

    Not found lacking in effort, but could have been a bit more careful with the ball, as he lost possession in dangerous areas a few times.

  • Martín Cáceres
    44
    4
    3.00

    Martín Cáceres

    An enterprising performance from the full-back, who marauded up and down the wings with ease. Posed plenty of problems for the Spain defence with his passing from deep areas, and with one such delivery, he set up Rodriguez’s goal.

  • Maxi Pereira
    14
    8
    3.00

    Maxi Pereira

    Plenty of energy from the full-back, who played well in both halves of the field. His final ball, however, was lacking on a few crucial attacks.

  • Alvaro Gonzalez
    7
    10
    2.00

    Alvaro Gonzalez

    Not the most confident presence on the ball, as he gave the ball away needlessly to hand Spain the momentum more than once.

  • Cristian Rodríguez
    38
    3
    3.50

    Cristian Rodríguez

    Took his goal superbly, executing a breathtaking turn to free himself from Puyol and put him in position to finish. Not always able to live up to those standards though, as he did not see much of the ball in the second half.

  • Diego Pérez
    14
    5
    3.00

    Diego Pérez

    Held his own at times against his formidable Spain counterparts, working hard in midfield, while providing a few incisive passes from deep.

  • N. Lodeiro
    8
    12
    2.00

    N. Lodeiro

    Had absolutely no answer for the quick passing and intricate triangles of Fabregas and Co. in midfield, and was largely reduced to chasing shadows off the ball.

  • Edinson Cavani
    56
    21
    3.00

    Edinson Cavani

    Put in a lot of work up front, closing down the entire Spain defensive line and dropping deep to receive the ball. However, despite his admirable effort, his end product was off, as he spurned one or two half chances.

  • Luis Suárez
    82
    24
    3.50

    Luis Suárez

    Very assured when on the ball, and showed some encouraging signs with his partnership alongside Cavani up top for Uruguay. Did not get many goalscoring opportunities but was still difficult for the defence to deal with.

Substitutions

  • Á. Pereira
    20
    7
    3.00

    Á. Pereira

    Gave his side some much-needed fresh legs on the flanks to help keep the score respectable.

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