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Confederations Cup 2014: Player Ratings from Spain 2-1 Uruguay
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Despite a glimmer of hope late in the game thanks to a delightful Luis Suarez free-kick, Uruguay were never really in the contest against a superb Spain, who scored through Pedro and Roberto Soldado.

The 2-1 result was hardly a reflection of Spain's dominance. The entire team clicked into gear to completely overwhelm their opponents for most of the game.

Here are the individual player ratings.

 

Spain Player Ratings

Iker Casillas: 5

Casillas' break from competitive football continued for the first 85 minutes of this match, when he had virtually nothing to do. Could he have done better on the Suarez free-kick? Probably not.

 

Alvaro Arbeloa: 7

One of the few Real Madrid players in a Barcelona-dominated side , Arbeloa looked comfortable in carrying out his duties with precision and poise.

 

Sergio Ramos: 7

When the tiki-taka machine is humming, it means the Spanish defenders are playing their roles to perfection, and Ramos was flawless in his ball distribution and decision-making. He does need to watch his temper and not get drawn into running battles in matches like this, though.

 

Gerard Pique: 8

Spain fans will be delighted to see Pique back to his best. The Barcelona man was solid at the back and loped forward to help out his midfield at just the right times.

 

Jordi Alba: 8

Alba has become such a crucial member of the current Spanish side, and he showed why today. He offered thrust from left back, combined well with his midfielders and whipped in several dangerous crosses. He's an extra threat for Spain and must make playing against them that much more difficult.

 

Sergio Busquets: 8

He did his job of deep-lying passing hub to perfection, facilitating his side's ridiculous possession count. 

 

Xavi: 7.5

The Spain legend was not as flashy as some of his midfield colleagues today, but he probably prefers the spotlight to be on others as he goes about his business of controlling the center of the park.

 

Andres Iniesta: 9

When Iniesta is at his sublime best, as he was today, there are few more joyous sights in football. He toyed with his opponents all evening with his elusive runs and magical passes. 

 

Cesc Fabregas: 8.5

He hit the post in the first half before setting up Soldado's goal brilliantly. Spain may miss certain characteristics in midfield when Xabi Alonso is missing, but when Cesc combines with Busquets, Xavi and Iniesta in fluid passing moves, the results can be delightful.

 

Pedro: 8

Pedro cracked in the opening goal with a little help from Lugano. His pace and intelligent movement offered the Spanish midfield maestros a constant outlet for their creativity.

 

Roberto Soldado: 7.5

Soldado's goal, created by Cesc (from http://www.101greatgoals.com/).

It is almost controversial when Spain decide to use a traditional No. 9 in their starting 11, but Soldado did what he was supposed to, provided a target up front and scored a well-taken goal.

 

Substitutions

Santi Cazorla: 5

It was hard for Cazorla to have a big influence in a game that Spain already controlled.

 

Javier Martinez: 5

Martinez looked slightly out of sync with his teammates when he replaced Xavi, but it would be harsh to judge him on such a brief shift.

 

Juan Mata: 6

Mata took over from Pedro and fit seamlessly into his role.

 

Uruguay Player Ratings

Fernando Muslera: 5.5

It's hard to fault him for the goals. He did well to smother Pique's shot in the first term.

 

Maxi Pereira: 4

Maxi was partially responsibly for Saldado's goal, as he dallied behind his teammates and played the striker onside. Aside from that, he did little to stem the red tide.

 

Diego Lugano: 2.5

An evil deflection off Lugano undoes Muslera (from http://www.101greatgoals.com/).

Lugano deflected Pedro's shot in for the opening Spain goal and should have done better on Soldado's strike. He struggled to contain the Spanish attack in the face of so much possession despite his usual niggling tricks.

Overall, it was a typical peppery performance from the angel-faced hatchet man in a match his side was never really fighting on even terms.

 

Diego Godin: 3

Along with Lugano, he was caught out on the second Spain goal, as both central defenders were sucked towards Fabregas and left Soldado unattended. He looked bereft of ideas when it came to stopping his opponents' offence. 

 

Martin Caceres: 5

The left-back looked the most solid of the Uruguayan back line. He distributed the ball well when his side hung onto a bit more possession in the second term.

 

Cristian Rodriguez: 4

He bustled about in midfield but was largely chasing shadows all evening. 

 

Walter Gargano: 3

Gargano never stopped trying as red shirts flashed past him, but he was made to look very average by the Spanish midfield. His place in the side could be under threat after tonight.

 

Diego Perez: 3

Perez found no way to stop his Spanish counterparts aside from the odd tactical foul. Along with Gargano and Ramirez, he must take responsibility for Uruguay's listless showing.

 

Gaston Ramirez: 2

He was completely ineffective in the first half; it is hard to remember him touching the ball. He was replaced at the break.

 

Luis Suarez: 7

He had trouble getting hold of the ball for most of the first half, though his floated free-kicks did provide a couple of Uruguay's only chances. He curled in a free-kick goal for Uruguay's only score of the night.

 

Edinson Cavani: 4.5

This was a frustrating game for the lanky-haired forward. He perhaps could have done better with a half-chance from a Suarez free-kick in the first half. He moved out to the flanks to get hold of the ball more but had little influence in the end. He picked up a yellow card for flailing his arms around Ramos' head.

 

Substitutions

Alvaro Gonzalez: 6

Gonzalez came on at half-time for Christian Rodriguez and helped turn things around a little for Uruguay. 

 

Nicolas Lodeiro: 7

Uruguay lifted after his introduction. His presence helped the South Americans to hang on to a bit more possession, thus taking some of the pressure off the defense. He probably won himself a starting berth next game.

 

Diego Forlan: 5.5

Forlan was another sub who did well to earn his team more possession, though he clearly cannot be relied on to carry the side on his shoulders as he did so often in the past. 

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