Italy defeated Mexico 2-1 in their opening Confederations Cup match. The Azzurri are now tied with Brazil for first place in their group after a decent display against a Mexican side that has been starved for goals lately.
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 player who started for Italy as they took on El Tri.
Gianluigi Buffon (6.0): Buffon had little to do tonight in terms of making spectacular saves. He guessed the wrong way in the penalty kick lottery against Chicharito, but can't be faulted for this. He was confident as always in his positioning.
Giorgio Chiellini (7.0): The physical Juventus defender marked Javier Hernandez tightly, as he usually does with the opponent's best striker. Always a dominating presence in the air, Chiellini anchored the back line and provided Italy with an intimidating presence at the back.
Andrea Barzagli (4.5): The usually fantastic Barzagli was an abomination against Mexico. His touches looked off, and he committed the fatal error by nearly losing possession then taking down Giovani Dos Santos in the box, which led to Mexico's only goal.
Mattia De Sciglio (7.0): The young Milan starlet played a good defensive match going up against the tricky Mexican winger, Javier Aquino. De Sciglio provided a few darting runs down the left flank, and was comfortable in possession, displaying his technique on a few brilliant stops.
Ignazio Abate (5.5): His crosses were a shade off, and was at fault for the play which led to the Andres Guardado post attempt, when he let Giovani Dos Santos get by him on the right side.
Claudio Marchisio (5.5): Played out of position as a trequartista, similar to the role he was given temporarily during the 2010 World Cup. Marchisio had a brilliant chance to score which left much to be desired, and failed to influence the match like he often does with Juventus.
Daniele De Rossi (7.0): Stout in the midfield even though he seemed a bit rusty in the first half with a few passes. Stayed in front of the defense and got better as the game went on.
Riccardo Montolivo (6.5): Slotted alongside another inventive player in Andrea Pirlo, Montolivo had to carve out his own space tactically. Made a few good runs and linked up play between the midfield and attack.
Andrea Pirlo (9.0): What a way to mark your 100th appearance for the Italian national team than with a scintillating free kick in the first half. Along with this, the Juventus playmaker dictated the tempo and provided a few mouthwatering cross-field lobs to streaking players, most notably the one for Ignazio Abate.
Emanuele Giaccherini (6.0): Probably the most debated started prior to the match, Giaccherini did nothing in the first half to ward off his critics. He didn't seem to jell well with his teammates and his touches were disappointing. He grew as the game went along and turned out to have a decent game.
Mario Balotelli (7.0): One of the most polarizing players in the world, Super Mario was disappointing before scoring the fantastic second-half goal. He squandered a bunch of chances in the first half, going for spectacular lobs instead of settling for a more tactically astute approach.
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