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Netherlands vs. Italy Player Ratings

Netherlands vs. Italy Player Ratings

Player ratings after the Netherlands' 3-0 win over Italy on Monday in the European Championship:
Netherlands
Edwin van der Sar: 7. One stunning save on a Andrea Pirlo's free kick at a vital stage made his day.
Andre Ooijer: 6. Secure to deny Luca Toni.
Joris Mathijsen: 6. Held the little experienced center of defense tight.
Khalid Boulahrouz: 7. Cut out Antonio di Natale on the wing, and this from a late addition to the squad.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst: 8. Involved in all three goals, kicks ball of line, solid throughout.
Orlando Engelaar: 7. For a rookie at this level stood his ground.
Nigel de Jong: 6. Biggest game of his career and was solid.
Dirk Kuyt: 7. Industrious throughout, involved in two goals.
Wesley Sneijder: 8. Scored second goal with a volley, dominated midfield.
Rafael van der Vaart: 7. Outshone Pirlo and marked him out of the game in midfield, no mean task.
Ruud van Nistelrooy: 6. Another goal when it counts, failed on 1-on-1 against Gianluigi Buffon.
Robin Van Persie (for Van Nistelrooy in 70th): 6. For a recovering player, he put pressure on Italy's defense when he came on in the second half.
John Heitinga (for Boulahrouz in 76th): No rating.
Ibrahim Affelay (for Kuyt in 81st): No rating.
Italy
Gianluigi Buffon: 6. Left to stop the Dutch strikers all on his own and can't assume blame for inexistent defense; also made several spectacular saves.
Christian Panucci: 5. Did not contribute.
Andrea Barzagli: 5. Youngest Azzurri starter still needs to develop.
Marco Materazzi: 4. Always a step behind Ruud van Nistelrooy, his nightmarish season gets worse.
Gianluca Zambrotta: 6. Takes anger out with yellow carded tackle on Dirk Kuyt, but has one of Italy's only decent chances with spin move in second half.
Massimo Ambrosini: 5. Coach Roberto Donadoni would have done better to start the more versatile Daniele De Rossi.
Andrea Pirlo: 6. The Azzurri's most adept passer did his job, but would have been better off positioned closer to the forwards.
Gennaro Gattuso: 6. Still Italy's most ferocious player.
Mauro Camoranesi: 5. Lost between midfield and attack.
Luca Toni: 6. Rarely served despite huge height advantage over defense.
Antonio Di Natale: 6. Two-goal performance against Belgium becomes a distant memory.
Fabio Grosso (for Materazzi in 54th): 6. No major errors, but no World Cup-like heroics either.
Alessandro Del Piero (for Di Natale in 64th): 5. One decent free kick, otherwise invisible.
Antonio Cassano (for Camoranesi in 75th): No rating.


Updated : 2021-06-21 12:17 GMT+08:00