Argentina player ratings v Germany: Messi unable to inspire glory

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Barcelona forward Lionel Messi was unable to inspire Argentina with the magic everyone was expecting as they lost to Germany 1-0 in the World Cup final.

Sergio Romero 7 - Generally played pretty well throughout the game making some decent saves. There was however very little he could have done bout Mario Götze’s goal.

Pablo Zabaleta 7 - Made some clinical challenges and showed surprising pace to keep up with Germany when they bombarded forward.

Martín Demichelis 8 - Played brilliantly shutting out Germany’s attacks, rolled back the years and looked quite the player.

Ezequiel Garay 8 - Had a great game alongside Demichelis and was part of a defensive unit that conceded very few goals this World Cup.

Marcos Rojo 6 - Looked a little irrational at times and was caught out by the pace of Germany’s attacks on several occasions.

Lucas Biglia 7 - Really charged on his position and looked very comfortable in the midfield and showed good feet and skill.

Javier Mascherano 8 - Another great game from the Barcelona midfielder, but was very lucky to have stayed on the pitch. Could have easily picked up a yellow card for at least several nasty tackles.

Enzo Pérez 5 - Didn’t quite fit in with that midfield three, and had a poor game.

Gonzalo Higuaín 5 - Really should have taken his chance early on but dragged it wide. After his disallowed goal he never looked in it again.

Ezequiel Lavezzi 7 - Had a blinding half and put in some great crosses, unlucky to be substituted at half time.

Lionel Messi 6 - Should have finished early on in the second half but shot wide. He never produced that piece of magic everyone expected him to.

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Sergio Aguero 5 - Replaced Lavezzi and surprisingly didn’t add anything to the game.

Rodrigo Palacio 5 - Should have really scored but lobbed his shot wide.

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