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Wednesday March 27 2013
Italy ratings versus Malta

Milan’s Mario Balotelli was Italy’s Man of the Match in the win at Malta, the peninsula's three main sporting newspapers concur.

Balotelli was heralded as the star performer in Thursday’s 2-2 draw with Brazil and he again made the right sort of headlines with a brace last night.

While Balotelli was rated as the best, Juventus’ Emanuele Giaccherini averaged the poorest pagelle mark after being given two 5.5s and a 5.

Juventus ‘keeper Gigi Buffon was rewarded with high marks following his penalty save.

Player Gazzetta CorSport Tuttosport Average
Buffon 6.5 7 7 6.83
Abate  6 6 6 6
Barzagli 6 5.5 6.5 6
Bonucci 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5
De Sciglio 6.5 6.5 6.5 6.5
Marchisio 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5
Pirlo 6 6 6 6
Montolivo 6.5 6 5 5.83
Giaccherini 5.5 5.5 5 5.33
Balotelli 7.5 7.5 7.5 7.5
El Shaarawy 6.5 6 6.5 6.33
Candreva 5.5 6 6 5.83
Cerci - - 6 6
Gilardino - - - -

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