Italy 0 Uruguay 1: Player ratings as Suarez sparks controversy

Italy 0 Uruguay 1: Player ratings as Diego Godín's goal sends his side through to the last 16 of the World Cup

Italy
0
Uruguay
1

Italy

Gianluigi Buffon Commanding from set-pieces. Great double save to deny Suarez and then Lodeiro in the first half. Fabulous save to deny Suarez again shortly after the red card. Could do nothing about Godin’s powerful header. 8/10

Matteo Darmian Good forward runs, offering an attacking outlet for the Italians. 6

Mattia De Sciglio Relatively untroubled early doors, composed in possession, defensively efficient. 7

Giorgio Chiellini Cut out an early Uruguay attack and contested well. 6

Leonardo Bonucci Competent in mopping up any speculative balls knocked up to the Uruguayan final third for the most part. 7

Andrea Barzagli Won the majority of 50/50s, crucial presence at the back. 7

Marco Verratti Looked a little naïve at times, although still learning at international level. Carried off on a stretcher following a robust challenge. 5

Claudio Marchisio Gave the referee no option but to send him off after a reckless challenge on Arevalo Rios. Game changer. 3

Ciro Immobile Positive movement, got himself into some good areas, no end product. Picked up a knock and substituted for Cassano on 71 minutes. 6

Mario Balotelli Yellow-carded for a high challenge – misses next match. Suffered a bang to the knee early on and was bullied by Godin and the rest of the Uruguayan backline. (Substituted at HT for Parolo – thought to be due to injury) 5

Andrea Pirlo Back to his metronomic best in the heart of the Italian midfield. However, failed to carve out the killer pass required to unlock the Uruguayan defence. 7

Substitutes

Thiago Motta N/A

Antonio Cassano N/A

Marco Parolo On for Balotelli at half-time. Added to Uruguay’s problematic task of negotiating the Italians’ congested midfield. 6

Uruguay

Fernando Muslera Very little to do in the first half other than tip an effortless Pirlo freekick over the bar, never troubled him in truth. 6

Martín Cáceres Moved into a more advanced role in the second half, struggled to get beyond Italy’s midfield. 6

Álvaro Pereira Solid and bullish at the back. 7

Egidio Arevalo the recipient of a rash and dangerous challenge by Marchisio. Did well when called upon. Solid. 7

Jose María Gimenez Decisive in the tackle to deny Immobile on the counter. 7

Diego Godín (Man of the match) Uruguay’s rock at the back, made numerous chance quashing tackles to deny the Italian attack any real gilt-edged opportunities. Converted a bullet header to break the deadlock and send Uruguay into the last 16. 9

Álvaro Rafael González Composed with the ball at his feet. 6

Nicolás Lodeiro The former Ajax and Botafogo midfielder, now at Corinthians, was full of endeavour going forward, however, the Italians stifled his efforts to link up with Cavani and Suarez. 7

Luis Suarez Busy as a bee in possession, a constant threat when given the platform to run at the Italian defence. Sparked controversey with an apparent bite on Chiellini in the second half. 7

Edinson Cavani Frustrated by the Italian backline, given very little room to manoeuvre. 6

Cristian Rodríguez Surging runs through midfield to worry the Italian defence, lack of an end product. 6

Substitutes

Cristian Stuani N/A

Maxi Pereira On for Lodeiro at half-time. Back after serving a one-match ban for a rash challenge on Costa Rica’s Joel Campbell in their World Cup opener. Made some good runs and looked solid in possession to support the Uruguay attack. 7

Gastón Ramírez N/A

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