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October 13, 2012 1:00 AM BST
Estadio Malvinas Argentinas — Mendoza, Provincia de Mendoza
Referee:‬ Leandro Pedro Vuaden‎
Attendance:‬ 31997‎
 
66′ Messi
 
 
80′ 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
    98
    7
    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
    92
    4
    3.00

    Ezequiel Garay

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

  • M. Rojo
    99
    11
    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
    97
    13
    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
    96
    6
    3.00

    Federico Fernández

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

  • Ángel Di María
    164
    29
    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
    96
    28
    3.00

    Fernando Gago

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

  • Javier Mascherano
    142
    15
    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
    95
    66
    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.

  • Messi
    409
    38
    4.50

    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
    217
    10
    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
    57
    9

    Hugo Campagnaro

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

  • Pablo Guiñazú
    46
    12

    Pablo Guiñazú

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

  • Hernán Barcos
    52
    9

    Hernán Barcos

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

  • Néstor Muslera Micol
    30
    15
    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
    8
    21
    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
    14
    28
    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
    43
    18
    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
    6
    34
    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
    4
    20
    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
    6
    27
    2.00

    Alvaro Gonzalez Flop of the Match

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

  • Walter Gargano
    12
    18
    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
    22
    43
    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
    30
    42
    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
    29
    66
    2.50

    Luis Suárez

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

Substitutions

  • A. Scotti
    7
    19
    2.00

    A. Scotti

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

  • Cristian Rodríguez
    6
    16

    Cristian Rodríguez

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

Results
Matchday 9
Times In BST
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
11 2
Messi Messi
Striker
Barcelona
10 3
Radamel Falcao Radamel Falcao
Striker
Monaco
9 3
Gonzalo Higuaín Gonzalo Higuaín
Striker
Napoli
9 0
Felipe Caicedo Felipe Caicedo
Striker
Al Jazira
7 4