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2014 World Cup: Italy’s Player Ratings vs. Uruguay

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2014 World Cup: Italy's Player Ratings vs. Uruguay

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Italy came into the World Cup as favorites to win the group, and they will leave as one of the bigger disappointments of the tournament. They were beaten by a Uruguayan team that had much more composure, heart and skill. While some of Italy's players performed well, most couldn't compete at the same level.

GK Gianluigi Buffon

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GK Gianluigi Buffon

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It's a shame that Gianluigi Buffon's last World Cup game ended like this. While his team didn't show up, he was absolutely amazing during the game, stopping almost-certain goals from Luis Suarez and Nicolas Lodeiro. Even at 36, he's still one of the best in the world. 9 out of 10 for Buffon.

RM Matteo Darmian

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RM Matteo Darmian

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Matteo Darmian was perhaps the worst Italian player on the field. He was called to defend Alvaro Pereira and Cristian Rodriguez, while simultaneously finding spaces to be run into. Needless to say, he failed in both aspects. He was a liability on defense and didn't launch one good cross in for Balotelli. 2 out of 10 for Darmian.

CB Andrea Barzagli

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CB Andrea Barzagli

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Because of Darmian's inability to hold the right flank down, Andrea Barzagli ended up suffering just as much. Add to that Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, and Barzagli was often in over his head. He was Italy's worst defender in the three-man backline. 5 out of 10 for Barzagli.

CB Leonardo Bonucci

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CB Leonardo Bonucci

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Leonardo Bonucci showed the same class and ability that Juventus are used to seeing. He didn't have too many troubles in his zone, and covered both Suarez and Cavani as well as he could. That said, there were two times that Suarez beat him with nutmegs that could have ended in goals. 6.5 out of 10 for Bonucci.

CB Giorgio Chiellini

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CB Giorgio Chiellini

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Giorgio Chiellini was having a personal bout with Luis Suarez all game, and for the most part, he handled Suarez better than most defenders. Not to mention, no one was able to beat him in headers. That said, he too often abused the long clearances that led to Italy's lackadaisical play. 7 out of 10 for Chiellini.

LM Mattia De Sciglio

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LM Mattia De Sciglio

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Only until the last 10 minutes was Mattia De Sciglio ever a factor. For the first 80 minutes, De Sciglio hardly ever threw in a cross, and couldn't handle Pereira's attacking runs. Once Uruguay scored, he finally began to kick in crosses, but none of them were ever good enough.

CM Marco Verratti

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CM Marco Verratti

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Marco Verratti has shown that he's the future of Italy's midfield. Against Uruguay, he was magnificent in both recovering the ball as well as creating opportunities for the strikers. He was constantly covering Italy's mistakes and igniting the Italian offense. He was subbed out due to injury late in the game. 8 out of 10 for Veratti.

CM Andrea Pirlo

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CM Andrea Pirlo

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Much like Buffon, it's a shame that Pirlo's last World Cup game ended like this. He was Italy's best creator during the game, controlling the pace for large portions of the contest. He had two free kicks that were unluckily stopped by Uruguay. 7.5 out of 10 for Pirlo.

CM Claudio Marchisio

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CM Claudio Marchisio

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It'll be a game to forget for Marchisio as he was red-carded in a game where Italy absolutely needed all the help they could get. Even when he was on the field, he wasn't providing his usual passing and dribbling. 3 out of 10 for Marchisio.

ST Ciro Immobile

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ST Ciro Immobile

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Not much was shown by Immobile against Uruguay. He was asked to accompany Balotelli up front, but he was never able to cause any damage against Godin or Gimenez. His effort is worth mentioning as he ran down a number of passes. 4.5 out of 10 for Immobile.

ST Mario Balotelli

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ST Mario Balotelli

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After a great start to the World Cup against England, Mario Balotelli has become a huge disappointment for Italy. No matter how good he can potentially become, his attitude will always pose problems. Against Uruguay, he let his attitude get him a yellow card, and his head was never in the game. He was rightly subbed out during half-time. 3 out of 10 for Balotelli.

SUB Marco Parolo

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SUB Marco Parolo

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He subbed in during half-time for Mario Balotelli to try and control the midfield battle, but he didn't make a difference. He didn't create for others, and he wasn't able to stop the Uruguayan attacks. 4 out of 10 for Parolo.

SUB Antonio Cassano

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SUB Antonio Cassano

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Much like the game against Costa Rica, his entrance didn't revolutionize the Italian attack like Cesare Prandelli hoped so. However, he came in when Italy had 10 men back, and he was left to battle alone against Gimenez and Godin. 5 out of 10 for Cassano.

SUB Thiago Motta

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SUB Thiago Motta

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Thiago Motta came in to hold on to the lead and win headers in the 18-yard box, and he failed in that sense. His entrance led to Italy completely losing the midfield, and the goal came from a header. When Italy was trying to tie, he did little to nothing on offense. 3 out of 10 for Motta.