Brazil locked horns with Argentina at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro earlier tonight, hoping to win the Copa America 2021. Angel Di Maria’s 22nd-minute goal turned out to be the winner for the visitors as Argentina secured a narrow 1-0 victory to end their 28-year-old trophy drought.
Let’s take a look at how each Argentina player fared during the clash against Brazil.
Argentina Players Rated In Win Vs Brazil
Emiliano Martinez 8.5
The Aston Villa shot-stopper made some crucial saves to keep Argentina in the lead.
Gonzalo Montiel 7
The River Plate right-back was heavily involved in the attacking gameplay and fared quite well defensively.
Christian Romero 8
The Atalanta centre-back was a rock at the back tonight. Not only did he make important clearances and tackles from time to time, but he partnered well with Nicolas Otamendi to keep things tidy at the back.
Nicolas Otamendi 8
The Benfica star won numerous crucial aerial duels to assert dominance and keep things in order at the back.
Marcos Acuna 7
Similar to Montiel, Acuna often made some darting runs down the left flank to help his side offensively.
Leandro Paredes 7.5
The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder played a crucial role at the centre of the park as he shielded the backline effectively. However, he accumulated a yellow card in the process and as a result, was replaced in the second half.
Giovani Lo Celso 7
The Tottenham Hotspur man didn’t have a lot to offer in attacking terms, but his ball distribution was decent.
Rodrigo De Paul 8
The Atletico Madrid man played some brilliant through balls and even got himself the assist for Angel Di Maria’s goal.
Angel Di Maria 8.5
It was surprising to see him in the starting line-up, but he ended up proving his worth to the Argentina side as he scored the only goal of the game by quickly capitalising on Renan Lodi’s mistake.
Lionel Messi 6.5
The Barcelona starlet didn’t get too much time on the ball as he looked really exhausted, especially during the closing moments of the game. However, he had a golden opportunity to make it 2-0 for the visitors from close range, but he failed to do so.
Lautaro Martinez 6
The Inter Milan striker failed to impress once again as he could not complete even the simplest of tasks. His hold up play was awful, but his passes were even worse.
SUBSTITUTES (Argentina Players Rated In Win Vs Brazil)
Guido Rodriguez 6
He added some extra solidity to Argentina’s midfield.
Nicolas Tagliafico 6
He looked full of energy.
German Pezzella 6
He defended well after coming on.
Nicolas Gonzalez 7
Set up a brilliant chance for Lionel Messi on the counter-attack.
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