Brazil 2-0 Argentina – Argentine Player Ratings As Lionel Messi Disappoints In Beijing

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It was a defeat to their great rivals.

Argentina succumbed to a 2-0 defeat to rivals Brazil in Beijing and although it was a friendly the loss will be no less painful for the Argentinians.

Brazil v Argentina combined XI.
Neymar skills v Zabaleta.
Angel di Maria penalty – midfielder wins spot-kick for his team.

Here’s how their players rated at the Bird’s Nest Stadium.

Sergio Romero – 7

Despite conceding two goals this was a good display from the goalkeeper who looked assured from crosses and set pieces and was let down by his defence.

Pablo Zabaleta – 5

Not a great game from the Manchester City right-back who struggled to deal with the waves of attack from the Brazilians.

Federico Fernandez – 6

It was an all round poor showing from the nation at the back, but this central defender wasn’t the worst culprit as Neymar and Diego Tardelli bore down on them.

Martin Demichelis – 4

Looked lost as FC Barcelona superstar Neymar beat him for pace again and again and this could well be the year Demichelis loses his place for club and country.

Marcos Rojo Argentina

Marcos Rojo – 6

Probably the pick of a bad bunch as the Manchester United left-back managed to do his job well and keep Willian reasonably quiet – although could have been better going forward.

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