Brazil vs Argentina: How did we rate the players on another disappointing night for Messi?
Brazil vs Argentina: How did we rate the players on another disappointing night for Messi?
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Brazil vs Argentina: How did we rate the players on another disappointing night for Messi?

Brazil advanced to the Copa America final on home soil at the expense of Lionel Messi's Argentina side, and Selecao will now aim to claim a title that has alluded them since 2007.

How did we rate the players?

 

 

Brazil 🇧🇷 

Alisson 6.5

Wasn't unduly troubled, made one fine save from a Messi free kick but otherwise was mostly an observer

Dani Alves 8.5 🚙 

The 36-year-old completed tackles, dribbles, and was instrumental in the build-up to Firmino's goal.

Marquinhos 7.5

The PSG centre back was typically smart on the ball but also showed another side of his game by getting stuck into physical challenges. Another clean sheet for the 25-year-old. 

Thiago Silva 7.5

Marquinhos's teammate at club level exhibited all of his experience. Still a Rolly Royce defender and on the way to Copa America glory perhaps?

Alex Sandro 6.5

Quiet by his usual marauding standards but kept things tight on Brazil's left flank.

 

 

Casemiro 8 🤺 

One of the finest DMs on the planet showed why he's so highly regarded once more by mopping up danger, fighting fires and making life easier for his centre backs.

Arthur 6.5

Neat and tidy in possession and helped keep things ticking along, but his influence diminished as the game went on. 

Everton 5.5

Has had a brilliant tournament thus far but this wasn't his night, in a match where the defensive players shone brighter.

Philippe Coutinho 6

The wantaway Barcelona man also struggled to impose himself on proceedings, despite creating isolated moments of brilliance.

Gabriel Jesus 9 (MOTM) 🥇 

The Manchester City number 9 earns a 9 rating here after a complete striker's performance, illuminated by a lung-busting run to set up Firmino. Such a team player.

 

 

Roberto Firmino 8 👌🏽

Worked well in tandem with Jesus, with both setting up goals for one another and constantly linked play between midfield and attack. A teammate's dream. 

Argentina 🇦🇷 

 

 

Franco Armani 6

Wasn't busy, much like his opposite number, and could do nothing for either of the goals. 

Juan Foyth 7 🆙

Still learning a relatively new position, but acquitted himself well and the Tottenham man looks set for a bright future. 

Nicolas Otamendi 6

Tough in the tackle but didn't have a good game, showing the inconsistency that plagued him earlier in his Man City days.

German Pezzella 5.5

Really struggled to keep his composure and left Jesus unmarked at the back post to score early in the contest. 

Nicolas Tagliafico 4 🙃

Had a horror show dealing with Gabriel Jesus's athleticism and skill. Certainly better going forward then backwards.

 

 

Leandro Paredes 5 🐌 

Looked pedestrian for much of the contest and was over-awed by Brazilian duo Arthur and Casemiro. He's a very good ball-player but this wasn't his night. 

Rodrigo de Paul 5

The occasion was too big doe De Paul, who failed to link up effectively with Messi and offered very little going forward. Worked hard and that's about it. 

Marcos Acuña 5,5

Anonymous for much of the encounter and didn’t click with his teammates. An industrious player more than a creative one and that’s what Argentina were missing. 

Lionel Messi 6.5

 

 

The great man did his best, producing moments of dazzling quality to go past defenders, and he hit the post but it was another "nearly night" for the Barcelona legend in an Argentina jersey. 

Lautaro Martínez 7.5 💫 

Inter Milan's rising star has the quality to shine for Argentina for many years to come. He's technically gifted, strong and intelligent in the buildup when linking midfield and attack. Remember the name. 

Sergio Agüero 6,5

The Man City man had a frustrating night of toil and not much end product, mostly down the brilliance and resilience of Brazil's defenders. Sometimes even the world's best finishers can't find the back of the net. Also, hit the post. 

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