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Player Ratings: USA 1-3 Italy

USA

Howard- 6.5:
Could do nothing on Rossi's equaliser, but will be a little disappointed to be beaten from so far out when De Rossi hit Italy's second goal. Saved three times late on to keep the score down.

Spector- 5:
Had a number of problems with Grosso, who bombarded forward all game down his flank. Spector offered little as an attacking outlet.

Onyewu- 7: A tower of strength for two-thirds of the game, easily cancelling out Gilardino, and winning everything in the air. Found life more difficult when Rossi was introduced, and he missed a clearance on De Rossi's goal.

Demerit- 6.5 : Was disciplined alongside Onyewu, and kept a tight defensive line. Only in the last 20 minutes or so did he feel the heat.

Bornstein- 5:
Looked extremely nervous at times. A touch fortunate to see his own goal disallowed for a contentious Camoranesi offside.

Clark- 5:
Started the game in combative fashion until he was shown an extremely harsh red card for a late tackle on Gattuso. The foul was late, high and dangerous, but a yellow should have been sufficient.

Feilhaber- 5.5: Matched the Italy midfielders in the first half, but was off the pace after the break, as De Rossi took complete control.

Bradley- 6.5:
USA's most consistent player from start to finish. Quantity and quality from the Borussia Monchengladbach man. Yet, he will regret his one-on-one miss.

Dempsey- 6.5: Never stopped running, and like many of his team-mates was excellent in the first half. However, with USA down to ten men, he tired after the interval.

Altidore- 6.5: Surprisingly caused the Italy defence a few problems in the first half, winning the penalty. However, he scuffed horribly when one-on-one and disappeared after half time.

Donovan- 7.5: The best player on the pitch in the first half, scoring the penalty, and also putting Bradley and Altidore clean through on goal. Circumstances made life impossible for him in the second 45 minutes.

Substitutes


Davies- 6:
Had a late half-chance, but this aside contributed little.

Beasley- 5:
Made no impact.

Kljestan- N/V:
No time to shine.

ITALY

Buffon- 6:
Safe on crosses, but struggled to interpret the trajectory of the ball. Handling was also a little suspect, but nothing to be alarmed about.

Zambrotta- 6:
Sound and steady down the right hand side. Did his job defensively, but not much energy coming forward.

Legrottaglie- 6: Shaky at times, and always looked like he had a mistake in him, almost conceding a penalty. Also missed a great headed chance at 0-0.

Chiellini- 6.5 : A rock for most of the game, rescuing Legrottaglie, but he will be disappointed for the rash challenge on Altidore that conceded the penalty.

Grosso- 8:
Does Grosso ever play badly for Italy? Even in the first half when the Azzurri were awfully bad, the Lyon star was still up and down the wing like a train, something he continued to do after the break.

Gattuso- 5.5: Just like on Wednesday night against New Zealand, Ringhio looked extremely short of match fitness, and was regularly second to the ball. He was substituted early in the second half.

Pirlo- 7.5:
Good in spells in the first half, setting up an easy chance for Legrottaglie. Excellent throughout the second period, providing the assist for the third goal.

De Rossi- 7.5:
Too passive in the first half, but outstanding after the half-time oranges. De Rossi then made the pitch his own, and he scored Italy's second with a ferocious long-range strike.

Camoranesi- 6: The Juventus man has had a nightmare season disrupted by injury, and despite a few nice touches, he did not look on top form. Replaced by Rossi, who changed the game.

Gilardino- 5.5: Worked hard, but never looked anything more than average before he was withdrawn. Predictable and comfortably marked by Onyewu.

Iaquinta- 6: Barely touched the ball in the first half, but then improved like most of his team-mates when Rossi came on and offered a supply-line.

Substitutes


Montolivo- 7.5:
Montolivo's best performance in an Italy shirt so far.

Rossi- 9:
Before Rossi came on, Italy were slow, old and predictable. After, they actually looked like a top-class team. A wonder-goal equaliser and a fine second, Rossi was simply brilliant.

Toni- 5.5:
Missed two easy late chances to score.

Carlo Garganese, Goal.com