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2 vs 1
Played
June 16, 2013 11:00 PM BST
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 and were given a scare by Luis Suarez's late free kick

By Martin Langer in the Arena Pernambuco, Recife

  • Iker Casillas
    217
    61
    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
    134
    87
    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
    199
    51
    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
    174
    66
    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
    162
    74
    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
    404
    45
    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
    219
    77
    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
    314
    61
    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
    177
    71
    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
    176
    72
    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
    235
    33
    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
    133
    37
    3.00

    Javi Martínez

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

  • Santi Cazorla
    151
    46
    3.00

    Santi Cazorla

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

  • Juan Mata
    137
    36

    Juan Mata

    Didn't have time to impress.

  • Néstor Muslera Micol
    56
    18
    3.00

    Néstor Muslera Micol

    Could do nothing about the goals but didn't seem comfortable during the whole match.

  • Diego Lugano
    14
    89
    2.00

    Diego Lugano Flop of the Match

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

  • Maxi Pereira
    16
    40
    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 and failed miserably. Played Soldado onside for the second goal.

  • Martín Cáceres
    52
    23
    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
    31
    22
    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
    23
    38
    2.50

    Walter Gargano

    Will have nightmares about Andres Iiesta and Xavi as he only managed to see their shirt numbers during the whole match. Was substituted by Lodeiro at the 75th minute.

  • Cristian Rodríguez
    28
    25
    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
    15
    33
    2.50

    Diego Pérez

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

  • G. Ramírez
    23
    34
    3.00

    G. Ramírez

    Very disappointing debut in major international competition. He was substituted at half-time, and rightly so, as he was completely lost on the pitch.

  • Luis Suárez
    204
    39
    3.50

    Luis Suárez

    Misplaced many passes early on but made amends with a brilliant free kick late on to salvage some pride for his side.

  • Edinson Cavani
    68
    105
    2.00

    Edinson Cavani

    Tried to overpower Pique and Ramos with his physical game but the Spanish pair were just too strong for him. Never stopped trying though.

Substitutions

  • N. Lodeiro
    32
    13
    3.00

    N. Lodeiro

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

  • Alvaro Gonzalez
    32
    10
    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
    95
    19

    Diego Forlán

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

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