Italy player ratings: Marchisio offers silver lining

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There weren't too many bright sides to Italy's embarrassing draw with Luxembourg, but Marco Verratti and Claudio Marchisio played fairly well.

Italy were looking to build confidence by thrashing minnows Luxembourg, but instead Cesare Prandelli's men were left smarting from a humiliating draw.

Prandelli would've been hoping to turn attention away from his decision to drop Fiorentina striker Giuseppe Rossi yet his 4-5-1 formation only served to underline a lack of potency.

Things seemed to be on track when Claudio Marchisio opened the scoring early on but despite hitting the woodwork twice, Italy looked short of attacking menace.

Even before Luxembourg's late equaliser the press were sharpening their knives and now Italy face a media lampooning.


Gigi Buffon 6.5 -  Buffon had almost nothing to except pick the ball out of the net at the end. He couldn't have done anything about Chanot's equaliser.

Ignazio Abate 5 - Not bad going forward, but Luxembourg found space down his wing, which is worrying for the World Cup.

Leonardo Bonucci 5.5 - Made a necessary attempt to dictate the play and add some purpose but his eye just wasn't in for passes.

Giorgio Chiellini 6 - Solid as ever from the Juventus man.

Mattia De Sciglio 6.5 - Not a bad outing and was used as more of a creative outlet than usual.

Daniele De Rossi 5 - The midfield got bogged down and De Rossi wasn't able to stamp his authority. 

Andrea Pirlo 5.5 - Made some uncharacteristically sloppy errors, perhaps found it tough to fit in with Marco Verratti.  

Marco Verratti 7 - Was in charge of everything good while he was on the pitch and played Mario Balotelli through once. 

Antonio Candreva 6.5 - Some poor long shots in the first half but hit the bar with a header.

Claudio Marchisio 7 - Scored with a header and looked bright generally.

Mario Balotelli 6.5 - Struggled to carry the striking burden alone but provided a great cross for Marchisio's goal and hit the woodwork.


Antonio Cassano 6.5 (54 minutes) - Played well and linked up nicely with Mario Balotelli.

Alberto Aquilani 5 (72 minutes) - Main impact was to lose track of Chanot for the goal.

Alessio Cerci 6 (77 minutes) - Didn't have much time to impress but forced one decent save. 

Lorenzo Insigne 5.5 (77 minutes) - Couldn't be faulted for effort, but nothing much came of it.

Marco Parolo 6 (85 minutes) - Can't be judged on so little time.

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