Italy vs. Uruguay: Live Player Ratings for World Cup Group D Decider

Alex Dimond@alexdimondUK Lead WriterJune 24, 2014

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 19:  Luis Suarez of Uruguay gestures during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Uruguay and England at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 19, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Uruguay edged 10-man Italy 1-0 in Natal to reach the knockout stages of the World Cup, leapfrogging their opponents to finish second in Group D.

With Costa Rica already through, topping the group by virtue of their draw with England, Uruguay joined them in the last-16 thanks to Diego Godin's late header.

In a game devoid of real drama in terms of shots and saves, two flashpoints are likely to dominate the post-match coverage—Claudio Marchisio's red card for a poor challenge on Egidio Arevalo Rios, and Luis Suarez's alleged bite of Giorgio Chiellini.

That aside, here is the analysis of the all the players involved in the game.

Italy Player Ratings
PlayerHalf-time ratingFull-time rating
Gianluigi Buffon66
Mattia De Sciglio66
Giorgio Chiellini66
Leonardo Bonucci67
Andrea Barzagli67
Matteo Darmian77
Andrea Pirlo66
Marco Verratti76
Claudio Marchisio65
Mario Balotelli5-
Ciro Immobile56
Marco Parolo-6
Thiago Motta-6
Antonio Cassano-6

First half comments

Gianluigi Buffon: Made a smart double save to deny Suarez and then Cavani, as the few shots on his goal were mostly from long range.

Mattia De Sciglio: A quiet presence on Italy's left, dropping in whenever Uruguay had the ball.

Giorgio Chiellini: Solid in the air, although occasionally lost Suarez due to the forward's clever movement.

Andrea Barzagli: Looked comfortable in a back-three alongside his Juventus team-mates.

Leonardo Bonucci: Another to be caught out occasionally by Suarez, but to no real effect.

Matteo Darmian: The full-back again impressed with his stamina, providing a regular outlet down the right.

Andrea Pirlo: Watched closely by Edinson Cavani and endured a slow start, but grew more comfortable as the half went on.

Marco Verratti: With Pirlo virtually man-marked, Verratti found himself on the ball a lot in the first half. Had some good spells but was occasionally wasteful.

Claudio Marchisio: Perhaps the one casualty of Italy's change in formation, the Juventus man struggling to really impose himself on the game from midfield.

Mario Balotelli: Booked midway through the half, meaning he will miss Italy's next game—if they progress. A poor half.

Ciro Immobile: His lack of understanding with Balotelli was obvious at times. A virtual non-entity.

Second half comments

Gianluigi Buffon: Made one great save from Suarez after Italy went down to 10 men, but could do little about Godin's header.

Mattia De Sciglio: Occasionally struggled on the ball, especially as the game went.

Giorgio Chiellini: Fumed after appearing to be bitten by Suarez, as Uruguay scored from a set-piece just moments later.

Andrea Barzagli: An otherwise solid second half of interceptions and clearances was marred by Godin's decisive strike.

Leonardo Bonucci: Another to be caught out occasionally by Suarez, but to no real effect.

Matteo Darmian: One of the few Italy players to come out of this World Cup, and indeed this game, with some credit.

Andrea Pirlo: Italy turned to the old master when they desperately needed to create a goal, but he was unable to comply.

Marco Verratti: Tired as the game went on, and eventually had to be substituted through injury.

Claudio Marchisio: An awful challenge on Arevalo Rios resulted in an early bath. Did it cost Italy their elimination?

Mario Balotelli: Withdrawn at half-time, possibly through injury.

Ciro Immobile: Had a bit more of an impact without Balotelli distracting from his role, but his early substitution for Antonio Cassano indicates the influence he ultimately had.


Uruguay Player Ratings
PlayerHalf-time ratingFull-time rating
Fernando Muslera66
Martin Caceres67
Jose Maria Gimenez67
Diego Godin78
Alvaro Pereira77
Alvaro Gonzalez67
Egidio Arevalo Rios67
Nicolas Lodeiro6-
Cristian Rodriguez67
Edinson Cavani77
Luis Suarez66
Maxi Pereira-6
Christian Stuani-6
Gaston Ramirez-6

First half analysis

Fernando Muslera: Made one solid save from Pirlo's free-kick, otherwise relatively untested.

Alvaro Pereira: Started solidly enough, contributing both defensively and going the other way.

Diego Godin: Dominant in the air, helped by some lenient refereeing.

Jose Gimenez: Italy's poor long passing ensured Balotelli struggled to ever hurt the youngster.

Martin Caceres: Did his job defensively, although his attempt to lob Buffon from 70 yards was probably ambitious.

Arevalo Rios: His usual spoiling self in midfield.

Alvaro Gonzalez: His header was the game's first real chance, but he failed to truly test Buffon.

Nicolas Lodeiro: His passing was erratic, squandering a couple of half-chances to play Suarez in.

Cristian Rodriguez: Put himself about in midfield without offering a killer ball in the final third.

Edinson Cavani: Worked overtime in the first 45 minutes, chasing Andrea Pirlo around and then helping create his side's best openings.

Luis Suarez: Movement appeared restricted, but a couple of runs threatened to open up Italy. Forced one great save from Buffon.

Second half analysis

Fernando Muslera: Will surely be as shocked as anyone that he was never really asked to make a save in the second half.

Alvaro Pereira: Withdrawn early in the second half, despite a solid performance both in attack and defence.

Diego Godin: Won the game with his header, although he was already in the conversation for man-of-the-match with his assurance at the back.

Jose Gimenez: The teenager belied his years with a couple of impressive last-ditch tackles.

Martin Caceres: Did his job defensively, although his attempt to lob Buffon from 70 yards was probably ambitious.

Arevalo Rios: His major role was to be the proverbial punching bag for Marchisio, but he remained key to Uruguay's midfield.

Alvaro Gonzalez: Another to improve markedly in the second half, helping build the midfield base with which Uruguay built on.

Nicolas Lodeiro: Subbed off at half-time in a tactical change.

Cristian Rodriguez: Much more influential in the second half, ensuring Uruguay kept up the pressure on their crumbling opponents.

Edinson Cavani: Perhaps his side's best attacking player, even if he had no involvement in the goal.

Luis Suarez: An underwhelming display, at least by his high standards, overshadowed by another allegation of biting, one he will struggle to deny. Frustration showing?


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