2014 World Cup: Brazil’s Player Performance Reviews vs. Croatia

2014 World Cup: Brazil's Player Performance Reviews vs Croatia

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Brazil's performance against Croatia wasn't as dominating as some would have hoped. Only until the very last minutes of the game, the outcome was still up in the air. But Brazil showed that their individual talents are more than enough to guide them through this tournament. Here are the ratings for each Brazilian player.

14. GK -- Julio Cesar

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14. GK -- Julio Cesar

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During the first half, Julio Cesar was a mere spectator. Asides from the goal, which he had no responsibility in, he had nothing else to do. When Croatia started to attack more in the latter portion of the second half, Julio Cesar answered well against shots from Modric and Rakitic. Julio Cesar recieves an 8 out of 10.

13. RB -- Dani Alves

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13. RB -- Dani Alves

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Dani Alves played similar to how he has played for Barcelona. While he made a habit of going up as much as possible, he left many open spaces for Ivica Olic to take advantage of. Eventually, Croatia's goal was a result of how wide open Olic was. Alves' passes weren't very precise either. His lackluster game only gets him a 6 out 10.

12. CB -- Thiago Silva

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12. CB -- Thiago Silva

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Up until the later stages of the game, Thiago Silva didn't have much to do. Whenever Jelavic tried to control the ball, he and David Luiz were right there. And when Croatia started to send in long balls, Thiago Silva responded with fantastic defensive headers. A solid performance, an 8 out of 10.

11. CB -- David Luiz

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11. CB -- David Luiz

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Similar to Thiago Silva, David Luiz responded perfectly whenever he was asked to defend. Together, they form perhaps one of the best defensive duos in the world. However, Luiz failed in a number of passes that he usually makes, which affected his performance. Overall, a 7.5 out of 10.

10. LB -- Marcelo

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10. LB -- Marcelo

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The Real Madrid left-back started out terribly, scoring an unfortunate own-goal that started the game. But he soon got over the mistake, and slowly began to play better. By the end of the game, he was defending just as well as he was going forward. But what he'll be remembered for is the disastrous own-goal. A 6.5 out of 10 for Marcelo.

9. CM -- Paulinho

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9. CM -- Paulinho

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Paulinho hustled for the time he was in the game, but that hustle never led to any concrete benefits. He gave away the ball too many times and didn't take advantage of the situations he was given. And because he wasn't getting the job done, he ended up being replaced by Hernanes. Paulinho only gets a 6 out of 10, mostly for effort.

8. CM -- Luiz Gustavo

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8. CM -- Luiz Gustavo

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Luiz Gustavo had a fantastic night. If you're wondering how a good defensive midfield should play, watch his performance tonight. Whether he was called to cover one of the wings, or bother Kovacic, or link up the defense and the midfield, Luiz Gustavo made few mistakes. He managed to get a yellow card though, which might affect his future play. A solid 8 out of 10 night for Luiz Gustavo.

7. RW -- Oscar

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7. RW -- Oscar

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Oscar came into the match being highly criticized for his lazy performances during the pre-tournament friendlies. He came out of the match as one of Brazil's best players. He was deployed on the right wing, and that's where most of the damage came from. His passing, crosses, and dribbling had Croatia wondering where they were. He topped off the night with an early candidate for goal of the tournament. Oscar deserves a 9.5 out of 10.

6. LW -- Hulk

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6. LW -- Hulk

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It was a very disappointing night for the superstar named after a superhero. He didn't show up very much throughout the match, and when he did, he was often well defended by Srna. He was rightfully taken out for a change of pace in Bernard. Hulk's performance only gets a 6 out of 10.

5. CAM -- Neymar

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5. CAM -- Neymar

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If you had doubts on whether or not Neymar could handle the pressure of a World Cup, you can put those to rest. Neymar had a fantastic night, highlighted by two goals. When Brazil wasn't playing well, it was Neymar who took the team by the horns and led them. His fantastic dribbling and amazing finishing should put the world on notice. A 9 out of 10 performance for Neymar.

4. ST -- Fred

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4. ST -- Fred

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It's tough to see how Fred is able to start in such a talented squad, but he fulfills the role that Luiz Felipe Scolari wants him to fill. Fred was the least impactful player in the Brazilian attack, hardly ever getting to touch the ball. He did, however, manage to invent a false penalty, which I suppose is worth giving credit for. Nothing special from Fred, though, so he'll only get a 6 out of 10.

3. Sub -- Hernanes

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3. Sub -- Hernanes

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Hernanes went in as a substitute for Paulinho in order to give Brazil more of a direct attack. And although he only played a short while, the substitution proved successful. He was able to have a few brilliant plays that created solid chances for Brazil. 7 out of 10 for the Inter midfielder.

2. Sub -- Bernard

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2. Sub- - Bernard

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Bernard isn't as well known as Hulk, but after subbing in for him, his performance should get him as much recognition as Hulk. In just a couple of plays, Bernard had much more of an impact than Hulk did throughout his time on the field. His speed and nifty tricks were much appreciated by the fans. A 7 out of 10 for Bernard.

1. Sub -- Ramires

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1. Sub -- Ramires

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It would be unfair to give a rating to Ramires. The Chelsea midfielder played only a couple of minutes to ensure that Brazil didn't lose the match.

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