Newcastle legend Alan Shearer slammed Chelsea's Juan Mata's first half performance in the Confederations Cup Final last night.
Alan Shearer's half-time analysis on Match of the Day last night during the Confederations Cup Final could not have been harsher on two of Spain's starting players in particular.
With Brazil 2-0 up at the break, and Neymar and co. running riot, Spain's uncharacteristic like performance certainly had pundits searching for scapegoats.
Former Liverpool defender Alvaro Arbeloa and Chelsea attacker Juan Mata were singled out by Alan Shearer:
'The performances of Arbeloa and Mata have been terrible, terrible.'
Arbeloa did not return for the second half, with Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta on instead, only to watch on as Fred made it 3-0 almost immediately after the restart.
Mata found himself substituted seven minutes into the second half for Jesus Navas. But was his performance that bad?
For sure he will be disappointed with a lack of a telling impact, dispossessed on two occasions by an impressive Brazilian team.
Mata's first half stats read 91 per cent for passing accuracy, with one key pass, touching the ball 46 times; only Xavi and Andres Iniesta made more touches for Spain in the first half.
It was not a vintage showing from Mata, but he certainly was not as bad as Arbeloa in our opinion and didn't deserve to be categorised as so.
Let us know what you think of Mata's display and Shearer's comments?
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