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November 14, 2012 5:00 PM GMT
King Fahd International Stadium — Ar-Riyāḍ (Riyadh)
Referee:‬ Ali Abdulnabi‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Saudi Arabia 0-0 Argentina

Goal.com was on hand to score the performers on show at the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh as Frank Rijkaard's side warded off the Albiceleste

  • Waleed Abdullah
    76
    10
    3.00

    Waleed Abdullah

    Made some comfortable saves in the first half and was quick to come off his line throughout. Denied Messi on several occasions but could have conceded a penalty.

  • Osama Hawsawi
    40
    16
    1.50

    Osama Hawsawi

    Kept things simple when in possession but, defensively, his positioning was often suspect. The weak link in an otherwise reasonably solid Saudi back-line.

  • Yasir Al Shahrani
    43
    9
    3.00

    Yasir Al Shahrani

    Put in some strong tackles and didn't look in any way overawed by his illustrious opponents.

  • Ahmed Otaif
    34
    12
    2.00

    Ahmed Otaif

    Looked vulnerable at times but played his part in a solid team effort with some neat passes and a couple of decent interceptions.

  • Mohammed Al Bishi
    34
    9
    2.50

    Mohammed Al Bishi

    Decent display at the back. Was not drawn out of position too often and held his line well in the face of Argentina's constant through-balls.

  • Saud Khariri
    43
    12
    2.00

    Saud Khariri

    Floated in the free kick for the disallowed goal. Went off injured before half-time.

  • Mansour Al Harbi
    41
    9
    2.50

    Mansour Al Harbi

    Put in plenty of running and helped guide his team-mates, too. Made captain during the second half.

  • Taisir Al-Jassim
    37
    12
    2.00

    Taisir Al-Jassim

    Showed plenty of endeavour but contributed little of note.

  • Salem Al Dawsari
    38
    11
    2.00

    Salem Al Dawsari

    A solid contributor to a determined team effort without really excelling in his own right.

  • Nasser Al-Shamrani
    42
    10
    2.00

    Nasser Al-Shamrani

    Could have given his side the lead on the break in the first half, but shot tamely. Reasonable game otherwise.

  • Mohamed Shaarawi
    34
    11
    2.00

    Mohamed Shaarawi

    Did well, without ever really shining. Decent on the ball and helped the team break when they had the opportunity.

Substitutions

  • Abdulrahman Al Qahtani
    16
    5
    2.00

    Abdulrahman Al Qahtani

    Made no positive impression on the game.

  • Sergio Romero
    24
    13
    2.50

    Sergio Romero

    Had little to do in the first half but saved his side after the break. Just about kept out a counterattack in the first half, too.

  • Fabricio Coloccini
    31
    19
    2.50

    Fabricio Coloccini

    By no means overworked but repeatedly headed the ball back from where it came. Looked at home, albeit under little pressure in the first half.

  • M. Rojo
    13
    27
    2.00

    M. Rojo

    Did not really get forward to support the attacks, but was comfortable enough in defence before half-time. After the break looked a little more vulnerable.

  • Federico Fernández
    16
    25
    2.00

    Federico Fernández

    An average night for the man hoped to be Argentina's long-term centre-back. Stood and watched as the Saudis poured through the defence in the second half.

  • Pablo Zabaleta
    22
    25
    2.00

    Pablo Zabaleta

    Provided more of an attacking option on the right-hand side of defence and got a couple of shots in.

  • Tino Costa
    16
    36
    1.00

    Tino Costa

    Did absolutely nothing in the first half and was substituted at the break.

  • Ángel Di María
    47
    29
    2.50

    Ángel Di María

    Created a decent chance for Di Santo late on with a good cross, but otherwise his creative talents were limited.

  • Javier Mascherano
    27
    31
    2.50

    Javier Mascherano

    Played a number of direct balls through to the forwards, but they didn't come to anything. Held court well in the centre of the pitch, though.

  • Toto Salvio
    10
    34
    1.00

    Toto Salvio

    Was withdrawn at half-time after an anonymous first-half showing.

  • Messi
    124
    134
    2.50

    Messi

    Failed to hit the heights that he normally manages. Had a few tame efforts that were comfortably saved. Rarely ran with the ball or created chances.

  • Sergio Agüero
    40
    36
    2.00

    Sergio Agüero

    Some neat touches but very little else. Struggled on the night, but he was not the only one.

Substitutions

  • Ricardo Álvarez
    20
    18
    2.50

    Ricardo Álvarez

    On the fringes of Argentina's attacks as Messi, Aguero and Di Maria attempted to dominate, although, of course, they couldn't.

  • Augusto Fernández
    8
    20
    2.50

    Augusto Fernández

    Unable to impose himself on the proceedings - despite having the entire second half in which to attempt do so.

  • Franco Di Santo
    17
    22
    1.50

    Franco Di Santo

    Made no impact on the proceedings after coming on at the start of the second period. Indeed, looked a little out of his depth.

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