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Messi Gets 8.5, Otamendi With 7 | Argentina Players Rated In Impressive Win Vs Australia

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Abhinab Ghosh
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Argentina faced off against Australia at the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium earlier today as they looked to secure a positive result in the knockout phases of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The South American nation made a dominant start to the game and got their noses ahead in the 35th minute courtesy of Lionel Messi’s excellent strike. The Argentine players went into the half-time break 1-0 up on the scoreline.

Julian Alvarez doubled Argentina’s advantage in the 57th minute with a decent finish. Enzo Fernandez scored an unfortunate own goal in the 77th minute as Lionel Scaloni’s men ended up earning an impressive 2-1 win in the World Cup.

Let’s take a look at how each Argentina player fared during the clash against Australia.

GK: Emiliano Martinez – 7/10

The Argentine keeper didn’t have much to do in the game but made one important save to deny the Australians a late equaliser in injury time.

RB: Nahuel Molina – 6/10

He tried his best to keep things solid at the back but offered very little going forward.

CB: Cristian Romero – 6.5/10

Romero was strong in the air and did what was required of him at the back.

CB: Nicolas Otamendi – 7/10

He made a lot of crucial clearances on the defensive end of the field and has also got an assist to show for his efforts.

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LB: Marcos Acuna – 7/10

Acuna got stuck in with some solid tackles and produced a battling display at left back.

CM: Rodrigo De Paul – 7/10

He anchored the midfield with conviction and made some decent chances for his teammates in the final third.

CM: Enzo Fernandez – 6.5/10

Fernandez offered decent protection for his teammates at the back but scored an unfortunate own goal in the second half.

CM: Alexis Mac Allister – 6.5/10

He came back to defend when needed and made one key chance in the final third.

RW: Julian Alvarez – 7/10

Alvarez worked hard and managed to score Argentina’s second goal with a tidy finish in the 57th minute.

ST: Lionel Messi – 8.5/10

Messi was a constant menace in front of the opponent’s goal and opened the goal-scoring for Argentina with a fine strike in the first half.

LW: Papu Gomez – 6.5/10

He had a couple of bright moments in the game but could last only 49 minutes.


LB: Nicolas Tagliafico – 6/10

He kept things solid at the back.

ST: Lautaro Martinez – 6/10

The Argentine striker wasted some glorious chances to score.

CM: Exequiel Palacios – 6/10

He had two bright moments in the game.

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