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

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

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Mexico surprised everyone by not only not losing against Brazil, but making them look bad for large portions of the match. They showed resiliency, heart and a good amount of skill. Let's see how each Mexican performed against the Brazilian powerhouse.

GK - Guillermo Ochoa

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GK - Guillermo Ochoa

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Guillermo Ochoa had the best night of any goalkeeper in the World Cup so far. He made amazing saves on four different occasions that seemed like clear Brazilian goals. He was the player of the game and proved that he's one of the best in the world. A perfect 10 for Ochoa.

RWB - Paul Aguilar

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RWB - Paul Aguilar

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Paul Aguilar interchanged good plays with bad plays. He attacked a lot more than last game, and a good amount of Mexico's damage came from his side. But whenever Neymar or Oscar faced him on the dribble, he came out looking bad. 6-out-of-10 for Aguilar.

CB - Francisco Rodriguez

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CB - Francisco Rodriguez

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Much like Aguilar, Francisco Rodriguez suffered whenever Neymar went up against him. He made him look silly at times. Despite this, he managed save Mexico on a couple of occasions with key tackles. 5.5-out-of-10 for "Maza" Rodriguez.

CB - Rafael Marquez

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CB - Rafael Marquez

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Rafael Marquez started out the game very erratic, but he ended the game as one of the better defenders. He won a number of headers and his great vision often led to passes that ignited the Mexican offense. 6.5-out-of-10 for Marquez.

CB - Hector Moreno

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CB - Hector Moreno

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Hector Moreno was by and large the best Mexican defender. Very few times was he beat off the dribble and he was great in the air. Neither Fred, Jo or Ramires every troubled him. He even took the liberties of guiding the Mexican offense a few times. 7.5-out-of-10.

LWB - Miguel Layun

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LWB - Miguel Layun

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Miguel Layun wasn't quite as active as he was in the first game, but his effort and workrate is worth noting. He stayed back to help defend the advances of Dani Alves and Oscar, and he came out on top most of the time. It was a good, solid defensive night for Layun. 6.5-out-of-10.

CM - Hector Herrera

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CM - Hector Herrera

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Hector Herrera was another Mexican player who started out extremely erratic, but ended the game on a high note. One could tell he was nervous at the beginning, but as the minutes passed by, his contributions were becoming vital. He's an excellent box-to-box midfielder that defended well and created a number of goal-scoring chances for Mexico. 8-out-of-10 for Herrera.

CDM - Jose Juan Vazquez

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CDM - Jose Juan Vazquez

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You might not notice J.J. Vazquez on the field, but his value to the team is extremely important. On a number of occasions, he came up big with key tackles and excellent coverages that stopped the Brazilian counterattacks. He always linked up the defense and the midfield perfectly, and had two shots that were almost goals. 8-out-of-10 for Vazquez.

CM - Andres Guardado

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CM - Andres Guardado

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Andres Guardado had a much better performance than his first game. He was constantly asking for the ball, using his speed to easily get past Dani Alves on a number of occasions. He would make the right pass always, and was centimeters away from scoring with his scorching long-range shots. Not to mention, his help on defense was what helped Mexico keep the ball for most of the second half. -out-of-10 for Guardado.

ST - Giovanni dos Santos

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ST - Giovanni dos Santos

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Unfortunately for Giovanni dos Santos, he had to fend off Luiz Gustavo, David Luiz and Thiago Silva all game long. For large portions of the match, he was lost trying to fight them off. Even then, he managed to make a couple of interesting runs that led to Mexican opportunities. 6-out-of-10 for dos Santos.

ST - Oribe Peralta

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ST - Oribe Peralta

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If Gio dos Santos was being hounded all game long by some of the best defenders in the game, you can only imagine how striker Oribe Peralta was. He hardly caused a threat, and never managed to both the defenders. 4-out-of-10 for Peralta.

Sub - Javier Hernandez

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Sub - Javier Hernandez

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Javier Hernandez replaced Oribe Peralta to give Mexico some speed and more of an inside presence. While for the most part he was controlled well by David Luiz and Thiago Silva, he managed to draw a couple of key fouls. 5-out-of-10 for "Chicharito".

Sub - Marco Fabian

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Sub - Marco Fabian

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Marco Fabian was a key substitute against Cameroon, but today, he wasn't as decisive. He managed to get past Marcelo a few times (but let's be honest, who doesn't?), but nothing ever came out of his runs. 5-out-of-10 for Fabian.

Sub - Raul Jimenez

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Sub - Raul Jimenez

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Of all the subs, Raul Jimenez was the only one who had a concrete chance to score. His shot was brilliantly stopped by Julio Cesar though. He makes for an interesting option off the bench. 5.5-out-of-10 for Jimenez.

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