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

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

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Many will be arguing that Croatia didn't deserve to lose against Brazil. They defended well and had opportunities, but they simply couldn't pull off the upset. Some Croatians played their hearts out, and others didn't show up for the big game. Find out how each player did here.

GK - Stipe Pletikosa

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GK - Stipe Pletikosa

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It was an unfortunate night for the veteran Stipe Pletikosa. The Croatian goalkeeper had little responsibility in the first and third goal, but you can't help but think that he could have done more against Neymar's penalty. He had it in his sights, but didn't stiffen up his hands enough. Regardless, he had a number of good saves to keep Croatia in the game. Overall, Pletikosa gets a seven out of 10.

RB - Darijo Srna

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RB - Darijo Srna

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The veteran captain of Croatia, Darijo Srna, played extremely well throughout the game. Hulk was deployed on the left wing, but he could never get past Srna. And when Marcelo or Bernard would come down his wing, Srna answered perfectly. Not to mention, he also had a few interesting plays the couple of times he went forward. Srna gets an eight out of 10.

CB - Vedran Ćorluka

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CB - Vedran Ćorluka

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It was a shaky night for Vedran Corluka. He started the game with a silly foul near the 18-yard box that could have proved disastrous. And while he seemed in charge for moments throughout the game, he would commit silly fouls every now and then. But what can you do when one-on-one against Neymar? Corluka gets a 6.5 out of 10.

CB - Dejan Lovren

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CB - Dejan Lovren

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Lovren was a little bit more composed than his defensive partner, but he'll be remembered for the penalty that was called against him. Or rather, the penalty that shouldn't have been. And even if the ref got the call wrong, Lovren is experienced enough to know that keeping your hands off a forward in the box is a good rule of thumb. Seven out of 10 for Lovren.

LB - Šime Vrsaljko

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LB - Šime Vrsaljko

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Sime Vrsaljko was used an emergency replacement for the injured Danijel Pranjic. Taking that into consideration, Vrsaljko actually did pretty well. Even though he had the huge task of guarding the best player of the game, Oscar, he held his own against the Brazilian. The only knock on the left-back is that he failed to go up even once. I'll give Vrsaljko another seven out of 10.

CM - Luka Modric

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CM - Luka Modric

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The Real Madrid star was instrumental in Croatia's performance today. When Brazil was hammering forward on the attack, Modric had the composure and class to be able to get the ball and cleanly start up new plays for Croatia. And when Croatia was going forward in the second half, the ball was constantly going through the feet of Modric. It was a solid eight out of 10 night for Modric.

CM - Ivan Rakitic

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CM - Ivan Rakitic

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The newly-signed Barcelona man played extremely well on both sides of the field. Much like his partner-in-crime, Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic was able to lead Croatia out of the midfield by way of clean passing soccer. He even went as far as to cleanly tackle Neymar a few times to get the ball back. Rakitic and Modric sowed that Croatia are serious threats for other teams in Group A. He gets a 7.5 out of 10.

CAM - Mateo Kovacic

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CAM - Mateo Kovacic

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The young Mateo Kovacic was called to be one of Croatia's rising stars of the game, but tonight wasn't his night. He lacked the daring dribbling ability that characterizes his time at Internazionale. Perhaps he let the pressure get to him, but it was clear that we didn't see his best form. He ended up being subbed out. Only a rating of seven out of 10 for Kovacic.

RM - Ivan Perisic

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RM - Ivan Perisic

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The right-winger, Ivan Perisic, was focused mainly on defending any oncoming attacks from Marcelo. And he did well in that role. But he also managed to sneak past Marcelo on a few occasions to throw in a couple of crosses himself. It was a perfectly adequate match for Perisic, who neither disappointed nor delighted the Croatian fans. A seven out of 10 performance overall.

LM - Ivica Olić

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LM - Ivica Olić

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It was truly a Jekyll and Hyde performance from the experienced Ivica Olic. He started out the game perfectly, taking advantage of the spaces and assisting on Croatia's goal. But soon after that, he kept on trying to play his way out of the defensive half unsuccessfully. His low-IQ soccer caused a number of troubles for Croatia that was fortunately not taken advantage of by Brazil. Six out of 10 for Olic.

ST - Nikica Jelavić

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ST - Nikica Jelavić

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Nikica Jelavic was left to battle by himself against Thiago Silva and David Luiz, and he came out losing the battle. He played a small part in Croatia's goal, so credit must be given where it's due. But outside of that, Jelavic never threatened the Brazilian defense. A six out of 10 is what Jelavic deserves.

Sub - Marcelo Brozovic

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Sub - Marcelo Brozovic

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Marcelo Brozovic was subbed in to try and change up the game by way of speed, dribbling and shooting. Unfortunately for Croatia, Brozovic didn't do any of that. While he had a few ocassions, even one goal-scoring opportunity, the substitute never panned out. Too often he was hidden from the ball. Another six out of 10 performance for Brozovic.

Sub - Ante Rebic

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Sub - Ante Rebic

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Ante Rebic went in to fulfill the same role as Nikica Jelavic, that is, win the ball with a header or hold it for your teammates to make runs. And in that sense, Rebic fared much better than Jelavic. He managed to outjump and strengthen Thiago Silva and David Luiz a couple of times, but it never resulted in an opportunity. A six out of 10 match for Rebic.