2014 World Cup: Argentina’s Player Ratings vs. Switzerland

2014 World Cup: Argentina's Player Ratings vs. Switzerland

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In one of the most intense five muntes of the World Cup, Argentina managed to grab a late goal against Switzerland and barely hold on to it. It was much of the same for Argentina, who depended heavily on Lio Messi and di Maria to guide the team. Find out how each Argentine player did.

GK - Sergio Romero

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GK - Sergio Romero

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It was yet another crucial performance from Sergio Romero in goal. Although Switzerland only managed to get to the Argentine goalkeeper a few times, he made fantastic saves to avoid the Swiss goal. Without Romero, Argentina would not be advancing to the next round. 8 out of 10 for Romero.

RB - Pablo Zabaleta

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RB - Pablo Zabaleta

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It was yet another disappointing match for Pablo Zabaleta. Much like in the game against Nigeria, Switzerland's best attacks came on his side. He was never able to contain Mehmedi and suffered even more when Shaqiri drifted to his side. 4 out of 10 for Zabaleta.

CB - Federico Fernandez

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CB - Federico Fernandez

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The first half was one to forget for Federico Fernandez. He was out of position a number of times and looked slow on coverages. That said, once Switzerland dropped back for the rest of the game, he didn't have much else to do. 4.5 out of 10 for Fede Fernandez.

CB - Ezequiel Garay

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CB - Ezequiel Garay

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During Switzerland's best moments, Ezequiel Garay was Argentina's best defender. He's a smart player who has great timing on his coverages and reads the game very well. He contained Seferovic and Drmic well for most of the game and even had a couple of chances to score off corner kicks. 7 out of 10 for Garay.

LB - Marcos Rojo

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LB - Marcos Rojo

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Marcos Rojo played a a very strong defensive game, but his offensive contributions weren't good enough. During the first half he almost never made a run. For the second half and extra time, he made it a point to go up as much as possible. But no cross or pass he made ever bothered the Swiss defense. 6 out of 10 for Rojo.

RM - Fernando Gago

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CM - Fernando Gago

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With such a ferocious and organized Swiss defense, Fernando Gago had to try and and create for Argentina from deeper. However, he didn't give his usual pinpoint through passes and opted to give simple passes to the side. That didn't help Argentina at all and only stagnated their offense even more. On defense, the only way he was able to stop Shaqiri or Mehmedi was by way of fouls. 4 out of 10 for Gago.

CM - Javier Mascherano

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CM - Javier Mascherano

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As has been the norm for his long career, Javier Mascherano was perfect in covering all of his teammate's mistakes and runs. He was the only player able to stop Shaqiri's counterattacks and was quick to ignite the Argentine offense. Argentina are very lucky to have a player who can clean up the mistakes of an error-prone defense. 8 out of 10 for Mascherano.

RW - Angel di Maria

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RW - Angel di Maria

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Angel di Maria was Argentina's hero on this day. Throughout the entire 120 minutes (yes, the entire 120 minutes), he didn't stop trying to create and score for his nation. And while for the most part he was well defended by Ricardo Rodriguez, he got his reward for his constant efforts with the clutch goal off a great Messi pass. 9 out of 10 for di Maria.

CAM - Lionel Messi

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CAM - Lionel Messi

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The best player in the world once against came up huge for Argentina when it mattered the most. While Lionel Messi was hounded by at least two defenders all game, the best Argentine plays came through his feet. And on the only occasion where Switzerland left him alone, he took advantage for the great assist on the di Maria goal. 8.5 out of 10 for Messi.

ST - Ezequiel Lavezzi

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ST - Ezequiel Lavezzi

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As usual, Ezequiel Lavezzi ran after every ball that he could with his blazing speed and tireless efforts. Unfortunately, he was never able to finish off plays effectively. He got in position a number of times but was always well defended by Switzerland. That said, his efforts to recover the ball are always appreciated. 5.5 out of 10 for Lavezzi.

ST - Gonzalo Higuain

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ST - Gonzalo Higuain

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Gonzalo Higuain still can't get on the scoreboard for Argentina. While in 2010 he was Argentina's top goalscorer, he just hasn't proved as lucky this year. He was well defended the entire game and never had a clean look at the goal. But once again, his efforts and hunger to score are appreciated. 5 out of 10 for Higuain.

Sub - Rodrigo Palacio

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Sub - Rodrigo Palacio

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The Internazionale forward came on for Lavezzi to try and get a goal for Argentina. While he came up short in that objective, he did threaten Diego Benaglio with a couple of headers that came up just wide. 6 out of 10 for Rodrigo Palacio.

Sub - Jose Maria Basanta

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Sub - Jose Maria Basanta

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Jose Maria Basanta played the entire second half of the extra time for the injured Marcos Rojo. He's clearly not an offensive option and opted to just stay back and control any Swiss counterattack. He helped hold the lead when Switzerland threw everything they had at Argentina. 5 out of 10 for Basanta.

Sub - Lucas Biglia

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Sub - Lucas Biglia

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Lucas Biglia came in for an exhausted Fernando Gago. He supported the Argentine attack near the end, helping to circulate the ball around the field. He did his best in helping out on defense as well. 5 out of 10 for Biglia.

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