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2014 World Cup: Uruguay’s Player Ratings vs England

2014 World Cup: Uruguay's Player Ratings vs England

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In a remarkable showing of guts and resilience (with a hint of Luis Suarez magic), Uruguay was able to hold on to the victory against the English. The performance was a call-back to the same style that guided Uruguay to the fourth place finish four years ago. Find out how each Uruguayan player did against England.

GK - Fernando Muslera

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GK - Fernando Muslera

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Fernando Muslera reclaimed his form from four years ago when he helped Uruguay to the semi-finals of the World Cup. Despite England having a number of chances, he came up with big saves on Rooney, Sturridge and Sterling. He also successfully anticipated a number of English crosses. There was very little he could do in Rooney's goal. 8 out of 10 for Muslera.

RB - Martin Caceres

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RB - Martin Caceres

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Martin Caceres was the weak link in the Uruguayan defensive line. England focused a lot of its energy (and should have focused even more) on Caceres' side, and made him suffer for it. He had trouble with Baines' constant runs and was lazy in covering Rooney for the lone English goal. By the end of the game though, he ended up tackling, heading and kicking out the ball just as much as the rest of the defense. 6 out of 10 for Caceres.

CB - Jose Gimenez

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CB - Jose Gimenez

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It's a tall task to ask a 19 year-old to jump in for Diego Lugano to defend against England's best. But Jose Gimenez proved that he was up for the challenge and has a bright future. Although he faltered at times with Rooney's energy and Sturridge's raw skill, he did a good job of covering Caceres' mistakes and assist Godin in keeping the back-line strong. 7 out of 10 for Gimenez.

CB - Diego Godin

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CB - Diego Godin

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Diego Godin should have been sent off in the first half. The referee decided to be extremely generous by not giving him two yellow cards. That said, Godin took advantage of the ref's poor decision. He was a wall in the Uruguayan backline and was only beat one time during the 90 minutes, which incidentally resulted in England's goal. Godin had almost no problems covering Rooney, Sturridge or Welbeck. 8.5 out of 10 for Godin.

LB - Alvaro Pereira

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LB - Alvaro Pereira

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If there's an image from this game that would define Uruguay's performance, it's the image of Alvaro Pereira being knocked unconscious with a knee to the head, only to return one minute later refusing to be subbed out. Pereira showed that same resilience and attitude throughout the game, being beat on defense very few times and doing his best to help on offense. 7 out of 10 for Alvaro Pereira.

CDM - Egidio Arevalo Rios

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CDM - Egidio Arevalo Rios

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Outside of the great Luis Suarez, Egidio Arevalo Rios was Uruguay's best player. Despite his 5-foot-7 frame, he was a wall on defense that anticipated and stole a huge number of balls in the midfield. He was on Wayne Rooney all game like a pitbull and never left him alone. His effort and work rate make him one of the most underrated defensive midfielders in the world. 8.5 out of 10 for Arevalo Rios.

RM - Alvaro Gonzalez

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RM - Alvaro Gonzalez

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As one would expect, Alvaro Gonzalez spent all his energy defending and pressing anyone around him as much as possible. He tried defending Baines' runs as best as he could, but he was often beat. He didn't provide much offensively, Above all though, his work rate and tireless efforts were appreciated. 6 out of 10

LM - Cristian Rodriguez

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LM - Cristian Rodriguez

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While Cristian Rodriguez can be a tyrant with the ball at his feet, his hustle and effort on defense are what make him a Uruguayan favorite. Coach Oscar Tabarez clearly asked Rodriguez to worry more about defending than attacking, and he responded extremely well to the call. He ended the game exhausted from running down every ball near him. 7 out of 10 for Rodriguez.

CAM - Nicolas Lodeiro

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CAM - Nicolas Lodeiro

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Good game for Nico Lodeiro against England. He was Uruguay's surprise starter and linked up extremely well with Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani. Although England had the ball for most of the game, Lodeiro made the most of his touches with pin-point passes and smart plays. 6.5 out of 10 for Nico Lodeiro.

ST - Luis Suarez

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ST - Luis Suarez

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It's no secret that Uruguay completely depends on Luis Suarez. And while player-dependent tactics are often looked down upon, it's hard to argue Uruguay's tactics when Luis Suarez is so good. Even though he hadn't played in months, Suarez was a nightmare for the English defense. He scored two amazing goals during times when Uruguay needed him the most. 9 out of 10 for "Luchito" Suarez.

ST - Edinson Cavani

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ST - Edinson Cavani

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Although it wasn't Edinson Cavani's flashiest game, he came up big with key plays. For most of the game, coach Oscar Tabarez had Cavani pushed down to help defend England's possession-heavy game. But whenever Cavani had the ball, he always made the right play. His sacrifice was rewarded during the first half, when he put in a beautiful cross for the Luis Suarez goal. 7 out of 10 for Cavani.

Sub - Christian Stuani

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Sub - Christian Stuani

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Christian Stuani subbed in for a tired Alvaro Gonzalez to try to capitalize on the spaces that the desperate English attack left. However, he never could take advantage of the spaces and ended up sticking to defending like every other Uruguayan not named Luis Suarez. 5 out of 10 for Stuani.

Sub - Jorge Fucile

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Sub - Jorge Fucile

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Left-back Jorge Fucile came in to hold on to the Uruguayan lead, and in that sense, he accomplished what he sought. Any ball that came his way was sure to be kicked or headed out to Luis Suarez. 6 out of 10 for Jorge Fucile.