2014 World Cup: Brazil’s Player Ratings vs. Mexico

2014 World Cup: Brazil's Player Ratings vs. Mexico

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Yet again, Brazil didn't look like their usual "Joga Bonito" self. They were outplayed for a large amount of the match and relied too heavily on the heroics of their defenders and Neymar up top. If you're wondering how each Brazilian performed, this is the place to find out.

GK - Julio Cesar

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GK - Julio Cesar

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Much like Guillermo Ochoa on the other side, Julio Cesar's heroics at goal proved to be essential to the end result of the game. He managed to get his fingers on an amazing Hector Herrera shot and he stopped a last-minute shot from Raul Jimenez. He gave his defenders the confidence needed to play at their best. Nine out of 10 for Julio Cesar.

RB - Dani Alves

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RB - Dani Alves

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Dani Alves had a bad game against Mexico. While his usual attacking runs were a focal point of the Brazilian offense in the first half, he saw himself overrun in the second half, never being able to control Andres Guardado or Giovanni dos Santos. His offense in the second half also fell. Five out of 10 for Dani Alves.

CB - David Luiz

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CB - David Luiz

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Despite Mexico hammering against the Brazilian back-line in the second half, David Luiz always kept his composure and resolved everything with his usual class. He anticipated a number of passes and was impossible to beat in the air. Eight-point-five out of 10 for David Luiz.

CB - Thiago Silva

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CB - Thiago Silva

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For the first time in history, Brazil's defensive duo is arguably better than their attacking players. Thiago Silva proved once again that he's one of the best in the world. He was impenetrable, covered the attackers extremely well, and had Brazil's best chances at his head before being stopped by Guillermo Ochoa. Nine out of 10 for Thiago Silva.

LB - Marcelo

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LB - Marcelo

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Brazil is lucky that they have the best two center-backs in the world, as their fullbacks make too many defensive mistakes. While Marcelo can be a headache when he gets the ball to attack, he is a huge defensive liability for Brazil. Hector Herrera, Paul Aguilar and Gio Dos Santos managed to get past him on a number of occasions. Five out of 10 for Marcelo.

CM - Paulinho

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CM - Paulinho

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It was yet another game in which Paulinho started out great, and ended up providing little for the Brazilian offense or defense. He was anticipating passes, creating chances and showing energy at the beginning, but as the minutes passed, his form fell. He was never able to control Guardado or Herrera. Six out of 10 for Paulinho.

CM - Luiz Gustavo

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CM - Luiz Gustavo

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Luiz Gustavo's game was his classic silent but deadly work. The defensive midfielder was constantly covering the mistakes of Paulinho, Dani Alves and Marcelo. He was the only one who was able to stop Herrera and Guardado's advances, and he was quick in igniting the Brazilian offense. Eight out of 10 for Gustavo.

RW - Ramires

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RW - Ramires

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Ramires replaced Hulk in the starting lineup to give Brazil a more efficient midfield, but he proved to be a non-factor in the first half. He neither defended well or attacked well, and as a result, was subbed out during half time. Three out of 10 for Ramires.

LW - Oscar

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LW - Oscar

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It was an unrecognizable night for Oscar, who never made a difference in the game. He started out the game on the left, and was later deployed on the right. On both wings, he was well contained by Paul Aguilar and Miguel Layun. The one dangerous cross he put in wasn't finished by Fred. Five out of 10 for Oscar.

CAM - Neymar

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CAM - Neymar

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Once again, Brazil depended way too heavily on Neymar for their offense. When Neymar received the ball, he was a serious headache for the defenders. That said, he often became too selfish with the ball at his feet, never choosing to make the right pass. His two goal chances were magnificently denied by Ochoa. Eight out of 10 for Neymar.

ST - Fred

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ST - Fred

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Brazil has a serious issue if Fred is their starting forward. If he's called to hold up the ball and finish plays, he can't give performances like the ones against Mexico and Cameroon. He looked constantly lost on offense, was never able to beat Rafa Marquez and wasn't a factor at all. Three out of 10 for Fred.

Sub - Bernard

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Sub - Bernard

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Bernard replaced Ramires on the wing in order to give more firepower to the Brazilian attack. He played much better than Ramires, as he used his speed and dribbling to create a lot more chances for Brazil. He gave Neymar a fantastic pass that was only narrowly taken away by Francisco Rodriguez. He was Brazil's best substitute. Seven out of 10 for Bernard.

Sub - Jo

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Sub - Jo

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Jo was asked to win as many headers as he could and try to finish up plays. While he won practically every header he went for, he was never in position to score. The one chance he had produced nothing but a poor finish. Five out of 10 for Jo.

Sub - Willian

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Sub - Willian

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There's no grade for Willian, who played too little and hardly got the ball to receive a rating.

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