Confederations Cup Italy vs. Brazil: Player Ratings for Italy

Matteo Bonetti@@TheCalcioGuyContributor IJune 22, 2013

SALVADOR, BRAZIL - JUNE 22:  Neymar of Brazil holds off Christian Maggio of Italy during the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Group A match between Italy and Brazil at Estadio Octavio Mangabeira (Arena Fonte Nova Salvador) on June 22, 2013 in Salvador, Brazil.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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Italy have finished second in their group after succumbing to a 4-2 defeat at the hands of the host nation Brazil.

The Brazilians deserved the victory after besieging the tired Italian defenders for most of the match. Italy will now face Spain in the next round of the Confederations Cup.

As always, here's the official Matteo Bonetti ratings scale:

Official Rating Scale

0.0 - 2.5: Elvis Abbruscato

3.0 - 3.5: Diabolical

4.0 - 4.5: Poor

5.0 - 5.5: Below Average

6.0 - 6.5: Average

7.0 - 7.5: Good

8.0 - 8.5: Great

9.0 - 9.5: Orgasmic

10.0: Does perfection exist?

So, with that in mind, here are the ratings for every Italy starter against Brazil.

Gianluigi Buffon: 5.0

It's hard to fault "Gigi" here as the entire Italian defense was poor throughout the night, but he made some errors on a few parries that led to a second dangerous opportunity for Brazil.

Giorgio Chiellini: 5.0

He was below average. Even though he made several important tackles, he allowed Fred to run right by him in the chance that led to Brazil's third goal.

Mattia De Sciglio: 7.0

It was a fine outing for the youngster, who had to go up against Dani Alves all match. He showed composure beyond his years and was probably the best member on the Azzurri back line.

Leonardo Bonucci: 5.5

He's not used to a four-man defense, as he's more accustomed to Juventus' three-man defense where he's free to operate and spray the ball forward. He was shaky against Brazil and looked out of his depth against the tricky Neymar.

Ignazio Abate: 5.0

A lackluster outing was capitalized by an arm injury that forced him out of the match.

Antonio Candreva: 6.5

He was anonymous in the first half, as he's not used to matches of this caliber on the national team. In the second half, he looked much more enterprising on the right wing, providing width for the Italians.

Alberto Aquilani: 4.5

He's hardly the difference maker on the national team that he was with Fiorentina domestically. Aquilani was nowhere near the influence that manager Cesare Prandelli expected him to be, and he failed to create dangerous opportunities.

Claudio Marchisio: 4.5

He was another question mark in the midfield. A player who is usually a live wire with Juventus and makes his presence felt across the pitch seemed tired and careless with the ball. He gave up possession too often and was even embarrassed by Oscar on one occasion.

Riccardo Montolivo: Incomplete

He was replaced after 24 minutes by Emanuele Giaccherini.

Emanuele Giaccherini: 7.5

The surprising Italian super-sub scored a brilliant goal on a fantastic pass from Mario Balotelli. The maligned Giaccherini has faced constant criticism by Italians who question Prandelli's decision of giving him so much playing time, but it was warranted on Saturday, as he was one of the better performers on the field.

Alessandro Diamanti: 4.0

Perhaps now we know why he's in the prime of his career and plays for Bologna. The trequartista gave Prandelli little to support his move of starting him and figures to be back on the bench in the next match. Diamanti was woeful, ineffective and invisible.

Mario Balotelli: 7.0

This was a typical match of him, where periods of frustration and sulking were met by a stellar play. Balotelli had a world-class assist to find Giaccherini in open space, which led to Italy's first goal of the match.

Do you agree with the ratings? Leave your opinion below!


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