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Player Ratings: Italy 2-0 Georgia
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Written by Sandro   
Thursday, 11 September 2008 08:27
Goal.com analyses the individual contributions from tonight's World Cup 2010 qualifier between Italy and Georgia...

Italy

Buffon – 6.5:
Had virtually no saves to make all game, but organised the backline, and his decision making was perfect as always.

Zambrotta – 6.0: Sound performance from Zambrotta, although he was caught out of position for Kenia’s chance.

Legrottaglie – 7.5: Outstanding at the back, and didn’t put a foot wrong. Timed his tackles, headers and interceptions perfectly.

Cannavaro - 6.5: A few poor clearances that put Italy in trouble, but apart from this he formed a solid partnership with Legrottaglie.

Dossena – 7.0: A determined and dogged display from Dossena, who showed good energy bombing down the left flank.

De Rossi - 8.5: Man-of-the-match! Scored both of Italy’s goals, the first an absolute screamer from 30 yards, the second a clinical finish inside the area.

Pirlo – 5.5: Under-par performance from the Milan man, who misplaced his passes, was second to the 50/50 balls, and generally looked tired. Replaced at the break for Palombo.

Aquilani - 6.5: A mixed game from Aquilani. At times he went missing, but he also produced some moments of class.

Di Natale – 6.0: The hero against Cyprus at the weekend, but struggled to make much of an impact tonight. Missed a glorious chance on 14 minutes when his shot trickled wide.

Toni – 6.0:
Had a good first 15 minutes where he created Di Natale’s chance, but then struggled to make an impact, even if he did also lay on a pass for Aquilani. Too immobile.

Camoranesi – 7.0:
Italy’s creative spark in midfield, Camoranesi was on fire in the first 20 minutes, and he always looked the most likely player to make things happen.

Subs: Palombo 6.5, Del Piero 6.5, Iaquinta 6.5.

Georgia

Loria – 6.0: Could do nothing on both of De Rossi’s goals, and did everything that was asked of him.

Lobjanidze - 6.5: Did well to nullify Di Natale, and made one superb goal saving challenge on the forward in the first half.

Salukbadze – 6.5: Coped relatively well with Toni, particularly in the air. A committed display.

Kaladze - 6.0: Was perhaps a little fortunate not to give away a penalty early on, but aside from this was reasonably sound.

Eliava – 5.0: Struggled against Camoranesi in the opening 20 minutes, and looked nervous whenever he touched the ball. Subbed at half time.

Kenia - 7.0: The 17-year-old looks like a real prospect for the future, but he will be having nightmares about his glaring first half miss.

Khmaladze - 6.0: Played for the team, and did not make too much impact on the game from an individual point of view.

Menteshashvili - 6.0: Lots of quantity from Menteshashvili, who stole a few balls off Pirlo in the first half, but not too much quality.

Kobiashvili - 6.5:
Georgia’s most experienced player led by example, and never gave up until the end.

Iashvili – 5.0: Battled gamely up-front, but got little change out of Legrottaglie, who had him in his pocket for most of the match.

Mchelidze – 6.0: One of Georgia’s brighter players until he was taken off, and he created the chance for Kenia in the first half.

Subs: Kvaskvhvadze 6.0, Siradze 6.0, Odkadze 5.5.


Carlo Garganese