Just a bit of Di María and Papu Gómez in the first half. The changes didn’t change the equation either.
Emiliano Martinez (5): Nothing to do in the two goals, which were also the only two dangerous shots from Saudi Arabia.
Nahuel Molina (4): He was noticed tied up at times in his World Cup premiere, although for others it went well to the bottom, but they did not download for him. Arabia’s second goal came from their sector.
Christian Romero (5): It was the best defense that was hardly disturbed in the first half. And he also organized the best attack play, valid, in that period. He didn’t get to close on Saudi Arabia’s first goal. There he felt discomfort and was replaced.
Nicolas Otamendi (5): He had almost no job. He cleared a shot with a header that was destined for the goal, but on the next play came the second from Arabia.
Nicolas Tagliafico (4): Without a reference to score, he was shown as an alternative to generate space on the left wing. But they didn’t look for him too much and when he had the opportunity he didn’t have the clarity to finish the play.
Angel Di Maria (6): He searched and searched throughout the game, but he lacked clarity for the final stitch. In the second part he overflowed well on the right, but his crosses found no receiver.
Rodrigo DePaul (4): He played in Atlético de Madrid mode. Dull, unclear, with little dynamics. He made a lot of mistakes handling the ball.
Leandro Paredes (4): Imprecise, without his usual pivot to become the axis of the midfield. Still he surprised the change in him.
Alexander Gomez (6): Papu was the clearest in the first half. With a lot of mobility on the wing, but also closing to generate play. He assisted Lautaro Martínez in one of the goals that was disallowed due to offside.
Lionel Messi (4): The game started well with an almost goal and the successful penalty. Then it was difficult for him to find spaces in the super compact block that the rival raised. He fumbled for Saudi Arabia’s first goal. A weak debut for the Flea in his fifth World Cup that did not finish interpreting the game.
Lautaro Martinez (4): He showed his usual dedication to be the first defender, but he seemed anxious and fell too many times in an advanced position.
Lisandro Martinez (5): He entered for the injured Romero, when the game was already 1-2. Arabia hardly attacked since then.
Enzo Fernandez (5): He played as a central midfielder and sought to add dynamics to a team that was already in a hurry and confused.
Julian Alvarez (5): He came on as a midfielder on the left, as he sometimes does at City, he was good going back, but he contributed little in attack.
Marcos Acuna (5): He entered through an exhausted Tagliafico in search of more depth on the left. However, his crosses did not carry too much danger.
Doha, Qatar. Special Envoys.