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

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

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Brazil ended their World Cup adventure on one of the most disappointing runs in recent history. With their star player injured, they conceded 10 goals and only scored one goal in two games. Their fourth place finish seems almost too generous. Find out how each Brazilian player did against Netherlands.

14. GK - Julio Cesar

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14. GK - Julio Cesar

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Julio Cesar's World Cup career ended on a disappointing note. While he doesn't deserve the blame for Brazil's terrible defense in these last two games, one certainly has to question his leadership. There was little he could do in the first two goals, but Holland's third goal was a blunder on the part of Julio Cesar. Five out of 10 for Cesar.

13. RB - Maicon

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13. RB - Maicon

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Maicon had an unfortunate night against the Netherlands. He was one of Brazil's best offensive options on the right, but for all his runs, very little was produced. He combined well with Willian and Oscar, but they never managed to get past the organized Dutch defense. Not much was asked out of him on defense. Seven out of 10 for Maicon.

12. CB - Thiago Silva

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12. CB - Thiago Silva

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Thiago Silva's return to the Brazilian team started off terribly. In just the second minute, van Persie and Arjen Robben combined to easily get past him and get a penalty out of him. After that, he didn't have too much to deal with and was able to cover van Persie better. Five out of 10 for Silva.

11. CB - David Luiz

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11. CB - David Luiz

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In the same way that David Luiz started the tournament out in fantastic form, he ended it with some terrible performances. Much like against Germany, he seemed out of control and unorganized. His mistake on a clearance led to Netherlands' second goal. His constant attacking runs gave Brazil some huge holes that Robben always took advantage of. Three out of 10 for Luiz.

10. LB - Maxwell

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10. LB - Maxwell

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Maxwell managed to get his first minutes of the tournament against the Netherlands, but his performance didn't change anything in the subpar Brazilian defense. He was constantly beat by Robben on his flank, and unlike Maicon, his attacking runs were never dangerous. Four out of 10 for Maxwell.

9. CM - Paulinho

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9. CM - Paulinho

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Paulinho only managed to play the first 60 minutes, where he didn't do much on either offense or defense. His play has always been characterized as one that can defend well and immediately start up counterattacks with his dribbling and vision. But since the beginning of the World Cup, those traits were never on show. Four out of 10 for Paulinho.

8. CM - Luiz Gustavo

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8. CM - Luiz Gustavo

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There are only a couple players in Brazil that can come out of this debacle looking good. Luiz Gustavo is among that group. Although he only played the first half, his coverages and positioning were good as usual, and he stole a number of balls in the midfield. He always chooses the right pass and can drift to the wings if necessary. Six-point-five out of 10 for Luiz Gustavo.

7. RW - Ramires

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7. RW - Ramires

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As has been the norm for Ramires in this entire tournament, he was never able to make a difference against Holland. He had one chance on goal, but missed it. He was constantly well-defended and did little to try and be a game-changer for Brazil. Four out of 10 for Ramires.

6. CAM - Oscar

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6. CAM - Oscar

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Oscar was Brazil's best player against Netherlands. He was constantly asking for the ball, looking to dribble past the Dutch defense and create for others. That said, his final touch was always off and his daring runs and dribbles were often ruined by his teammates. After five consecutive games of not showing up, it's nice to see that Oscar still has it in him. Seven out of 10 for Oscar.

5. LW - Willian

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5. LW - Willian

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Willian's first game as a starter was a decent one. He connected well with Oscar a number of times and used his speed to get in position for good crosses. That said, his contributions to the attack were always well-defended, and his passes were often intercepted. Five out of 10 for Willian.

4. ST - Jo

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4. ST - Jo

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Many have been wondering why coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has insisted on starting Fred, but when one takes a look at Jo's matches, it becomes all too obvious. He never got into position for a solid chance at goal, and was drowned out by the three Dutch central defenders. He's not the type of player that can drop back and create for others, either. Three out of 10 for Jo.

3. Sub - Fernandinho

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3. Sub - Fernandinho

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Fernandinho came on during half-time to get his final minutes of the World Cup. And if there's a player that can make his presence felt for the wrong reasons, it's Fernandinho. Immediately after coming in, he was handing out extremely hard fouls that earned him an early yellow card. He also committed a penalty that wasn't called. Three out of 10 for Fernandinho.

2. Sub - Hernanes

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2. Sub - Hernanes

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Hernanes didn't get too many minutes in the tournament, so him coming in was merely for the purpose of getting more minutes. He did well in the midfield, having a couple shots on goal and defended the midfield well. Five out of 10 for Hernanes.

1. Sub - Hulk

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1. Sub - Hulk

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Hulk came in the last minutes, but he still gave it his all. He ran after every ball and desperately tried to score. That desperation showed in the final minutes when he started to unnecessarily push Dutch players off the ball and foul them. Four out of 10 for Hulk.

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