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Analysis: Sergio Aguero shines in Argentina win over Chile

Argentina v Chile: Third Place Match - Copa America Brazil 2019
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Sergio Aguero has been the star of this Copa America for Argentina and continued his excellent performances in the third-placed playoff win over Chile.

While Lionel Messi was losing his head and continuing his poor form in the competition this summer, Aguero was standing up once more.

The Manchester City man has put in consistently good performances at this Copa America. In fact, he has guided this team when they’ve needed it most.

And he was at it again in this game without another standout performance. In fact, WhoScored named him as their man of the match, and we decided to look into the numbers to find out why.

First of all, Aguero was the highest scoring player in the game, earning a 7.6 rating in total and narrowly edging out Paulo Dybala who scored a 7.5.

Most of that score was down to him opening the scoring, with Aguero’s 12th-minute goal setting Argentina on their way to the win. However, he was impressive in all the other statistical areas as well.

Aguero topping the charts

For example, nobody managed more than the four shots Aguero did, with Leandro Paredes sharing top spot on four. He was also joint top, this time with Dybala when it came to shots on target. They both managed two apiece.

Aguero also topped the charts for dribbles, having posted five in total, the most in the game and two more than anyone else managed. That saw him top the successful dribbles charts as well, with three to his name. Nobody else got close to that, including Lionel Messi.

Passing was the only area that Aguero struggled in. He was nowhere near the top five for total passes or accurate passes, while he didn’t manage a single key pass during his time on the pitch. In comparison, Messi posted two before his sending off.

Nonetheless another impressive performance from Aguero who was more than deserving of his man of the match status.

Continued success

The Manchester City striker was vital for Pep Guardiola’s side in their title success last season. He’s carried that form into the Copa America this summer.

While most of Argentina’s top players have struggled, particularly Messi, he has impressed on numerous occasions this summer. In fact, without him, arguably, Argentina wouldn’t even be close to a third-place finish.

Aguero may now be getting towards the latter stages of his career, but he remains a world-class player. Perhaps it was time Argentina started to appreciate that more.

His country has often overlooked him, but his excellent performances at this Copa America should have put him back in the limelight. Argentina are a much worse side without him, that’s for sure. v