Argentina player ratings v Brazil: Lamela, Di Maria & Aguero all disappoint

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We rate the Premier League players involved in Argentina's 2-0 loss to Brazil, as Manchester United, Manchester City & Tottenham Hotspur men fail to shine.

Pablo Zabaleta - 5.5/10

It was a disappointing day for Tata Martino's side, as Argentina lost the Superclasico to arch rivals Brazil - and Pablo Zabaleta's presence proved more of a hindrance than a help.

A forgettable overall performance was capped by a glaring error for Diego Tardelli's first goal. Zabaleta went for the same header as his centre-back, instead of marking striker Tardelli, who had pulled off to the Argentine's right and duly opened the scoring.

Martin Demichelis - 6/10

Zabaleta's Manchester City team-mate Martin Demichelis endured a similarly dull day. Argentina's defending was sloppy generally and the most memorable action Demichelis produced was a deliberate foul on Neymar just outside the penalty area in the second half.

Federico Fernandez - 6/10

The Swansea City defender was no exception to the rule and was also booked for his troubles.

Marcos Rojo - 6/10

Across the Manchester divide, Manchester United's Marcos Rojo fared little better. The 24-year-old had his moments going forward but lacked discipline defensively.

The fact that this was only a friendly (played in China) seemed to determine the lack of intensity shown by Argentina. But, having side that, Martino's men will never be indifferent about losing to fierce rivals Brazil, who clearly wanted it more.

Erik Lamela - 6/10

Spurs legend Ossie Ardiles was in the ITV studio to watch this one and he wouldn't have been too enamoured with Tottenham's Erik Lamela on the day. The winger showed flashes of promise - but nothing more.

Some would say that sums up his Spurs career so far, although he has been much better for his club than he was against Brazil earlier today. Overall: average.

Angel Di Maria - 6/10

More interesting was the fact that Manchester United's Angel Di Maria was also exactly that: bang average. Perhaps the £59.7 million man is saving himself for the Premier League, as he was poor in the final third from the get go.

Di Maria did win a penalty for his side but those watching will tell you it was a contentious decision at best, with the tackler clearly winning the ball off the 26-year-old.

Sergio Aguero - 5/10

Another conundrum for Argentina. Sergio Aguero is usually terrific for Manchester City and, right now, his minutes per goal ratio is a thing of beauty when it comes to the top European leagues.

For his country today, though, Aguero was wasteful and never looked a threat.

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