Player Ratings: Italy 1-2 Mexico rates the players on show in Brussels...


Buffon: 6 – Couldn't do too much on the goals that beat him, but made an excellent save in injury time from Guardado.

Zambrotta: 5 – Should have conceded a penalty for a blatant foul from behind on Vela, and was far too slow as many of Mexico's lightning attacks came down his side.

Bonucci: 5 – Was at fault for Mexico's goal as he tried to push up to play onside. Caught out of position too many times, but did score Italy's consolation.

Cannavaro: 5 – A few important interceptions but was pulled around too much by Hernandez and Vela. Needs his defence to be more compact, or he could struggle in South Africa.

Criscito: 6 – The best of a shaky backline. Made a goal-saving tackle on 24 minutes, although the second goal did come from his side.

De Rossi: 5 - Not for the first time he failed to reproduce his club form for his country. His mistake led to Barrera's one-on-one, and was outplayed in midfield by Juarez and Torrado.

Marchisio: 6 – Other than Criscito, the Juventus midfielder can be the only Italian even mildly content with his performance.

Pirlo: 5 – Outstanding in the first two minutes, but then very disappointing in the next 88. The game passed him by as he strolled around.

Di Natale: 4 – He scored 29 Serie A goals this season, but made next to no impact this evening. Hooked at half-time he was so ineffective.

Gilardino: 4 – Had a header one minute after entering the pitch, and another header a minute before he left the pitch. In between, did he even touch the ball?

Iaquinta: 4 – Ran and ran and ran, but did nothing. Headed against the crossbar in the first minute when it was harder to miss than score.


Pepe: 4.5 – Failed backheel is up there with Cristian Molinaro's for Juventus earlier in the season in terms of comedy.

Pazzini: 5 – If there is no creativity, Pazzini may as well not be on the pitch.

Maggio: 5 – Never got into the game.

Quagliarella: 5 – Same as above.

Palombo: N/A

Bocchetti: N/A – Hit the post with his first touch before Bonucci slammed home the rebound.


Perez: 6 – Aside from the goal, did not have a single save to make. Pipe and slippers evening in front of the fire.

Aguilar: 6.5 – Had little defending to do, but broke forward to support with some attacking thrusts.

Osorio: 6.5 – Will not have many easier games in defence than tonight.

Rodriquez: 6.5 – Breezed through the game without ever being troubled, before paving the way for Moreno with 20 minutes to go.

Salcido: 7 – Impressive on the left side of defence once again. Played like a winger at times and went close with a number of long shots.

Marquez: 6.5 – A calming influence in the midfield. Held his position well and sprayed the ball around in the first half.

Juarez: 8 – Put in a number of dangerous tackles that could have caused injury, but his tenacity ultimately was crucial in winning the midfield. The best player on the pitch, Italy couldn't get near him.

Torrado: 7.5 – Mexico had more than 60 per cent of the possession and much of this was also down to the experienced schemer, who complemented Juarez perfectly.

Dos Santos: 7.5 – Created Vela's goal with a delightful chipped through pass and regularly found space in the hole. Has really hit form in time for the World Cup.

Vela: 7.5 – Fine all-round display from Arsenal's forgotten man. For once his finishing was up to scratch as he fired past Buffon. Also set up a great chance for Hernandez.

Hernandez: 7 – Movement and quick feet caused the Italy centre backs all kinds of problems. Should have scored though early in the second half on Vela's cross.


Barrera: 7 – Very lively, but missed a great chance when clean through on goal.

Medina: 7 – Made it 2-0 with a clinical finish from Blanco's pass.

Moreno: 6 – Settled in well.

Blanco: 7 – Still has those touches of class even at 37. Delightful assist for Medina.

Castro: N/A

Guardado: N/A

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