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

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

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The "Garra Charrua" once again came through as Uruguay managed to beat Italy with a late header by Diego Godin. As is customary for Uruguay, they outhustled the opponents and poured all they had until the very last second. Find out how each Uruguayan performed on the field against Italy.

GK Fernando Muslera

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GK Fernando Muslera

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Fernando Muslera started off a bit shaky, mishandling a couple of easy balls, but he ended the game on a high note. While Italy didn't trouble him that much, he was able to cut a number of crosses safely. 6 out of 10 for Muslera.

RB Martin Caceres

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RB Martin Caceres

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Martin Caceres showed his usual grit and grind as he locked down any advances from the Italian left wing. He isn't expected to be a focal point on offense, so his lack of forward runs can be forgiven. 6.5 out of 10 for Caceres.

CB Jose Gimenez

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CB Jose Gimenez

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Jose Gimenez has definitely put the world on notice. The 19 year-old had a fantastic game against Italy, hounding Immobile and Balotelli from the get-go, and Cassano when he came in. He had excellent timing on his tackles and has enough youthful energy to keep up with the speedsters. 8.5 out of 10 for Jose Gimenez.

CB Diego Godin

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CB Diego Godin

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Diego Godin is becoming known for his clutch headers. He scored against Barcelona to win La Liga, he scored against Madrid for the Champion's League, and now he scored against Italy to advance Uruguay to the next round. And if his amazing header wasn't enough, he was a rock in the back line, holding off any Italian advances. 9 out of 10 for Godin.

LB Alvaro Pereira

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LB Alvaro Pereira

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Good game for Alvaro Pereira, who was constantly looking to take advantage of the weak Italian right flank. He didn't have much to worry about on defense as Darmian was focused solely on staying back. Every one of his forward runs either ended up in a dangerous cross or a foul in favor of Uruguay. 7.5 out of 10 for Pereira.

CDM Egidio Arevalo Rios

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CDM Egidio Arevalo Rios

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There are few players who can eat up the midfield like Egidio Arevalo Rios. He has an amazing ability to press up the field and immediately run back to make the right coverages. It almost seems as if Arevalo Rios is always in two places at once. His tireless efforts and workhorse engine can be considered the emblem of the Uruguayan grit and grind. 8 out of 10 for Arevalo Rios.

RM Alvaro Gonzalez

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RM Alvaro Gonzalez

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As has been customary throughout the entirety of the tournament, Alvaro Gonzalez sits on the right wing solely to defend any fullbacks. He hardly ventures forward, and when he does, it's probably just to press the full-back. Regardless, he fulfills his role well, and completely erased the Italian left wing. 7 out of 10 for Gonzalez.

LM Cristian Rodriguez

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LM Cristian Rodriguez

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Speaking strictly of attacking contributions, Cristian Rodriguez was Uruguay's best player. Uruguay's best chances came when Rodriguez had the ball. He constantly beat the defenders on the dribble and used his speed to get into good positions. He had an amazing play to get on the scoreboard in the first half, but he shot it too wide. 8.5 out of 10 for Rodriguez.

CAM Nicolas Lodeiro

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CAM Nicolas Lodeiro

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Nico Lodeiro didn't live up to the expectations. After a solid game against England, he didn't show up much against Italy. The only memorable play or contribution he had was on a rebound shot after a brilliant Buffon save, which was also saved by Buffon. He was subbed out during half-time. 4 out of 10 for Lodeiro.

ST Luis Suarez

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ST Luis Suarez

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Luis Suarez may have risked his presence in the remaining World Cup games after foolishly biting Chiellini when the ref wasn't looking. This terrible action has become all too common for Suarez, and FIFA will surely look at a suspension. On the field, he had chances to score, but was either way too selfish with the ball or brilliantly stopped by Buffon. 5 out of 10 for Suarez.

ST Edinson Cavani

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ST Edinson Cavani

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It was a decent game for Edinson Cavani, who found little reward to his usual hustle and passion. He was always running around the field, looking for holes in the defense to take advantage of, but he was usually well covered. He also helped out on defense whenever possible. 6 out of 10 for Cavani.

SUB Maxi Pereira

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SUB Maxi Pereira

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Maxi Pereira went in during half-time in order to give Uruguay another wing to attack from. Pereira was a constant headache for the Italian defense as he made a habit of beating the last line and putting in dangerous crosses. 7 out of 10 for Pereira.

SUB Christian Stuani

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SUB Christian Stuani

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Christian Stuani went in to try and nab the goal that would take Uruguay to the next round. While he didn't score the goal, his effort and hustle are to be appreciated. 6 out of 10 for Stuani.