Brazil ran out comfortable winners against a Chile side that was just over-whelmed by their opponents class. I take a look at the players who can come away with their heads held high, and those who should be worrying about their performance and place in the starting 11 in the future.
Brazil match ratings:
Julio Cesar – 6/10 – The Queens Park Rangers keeper had very little to do through-out the game and endured a slow start. Unfortunately, when Chile did have an attempt there was absolutely nothing he could do about it and could only pick the ball out from the bottom corner.
Maicon – 7/10 – The former Manchester City defender produced a very competent defensive performance leaving very little chance for the Chile players to expose him. The defender played also played a world class cross for Robinho to put Brazil 2-1 up in the second half.
David Luiz – 5/10 – The Chelsea defender’s lacklustre defending allowed Chile back into the game. He hadn’t had much to deal with as Brazil had been mostly dominant in the middle of the park, but when called upon he proved unreliable.
Thiago Silva – 6/10 – The experienced centre-half was definitely the better performer out of the two centre-backs but had very little to do in honesty. The defender barked orders to structure the side through-out and because of that it was a true captains performance.
Maxwell – 6/10 – The former Barcelona full-back had a solid game for Brazil without making too much noise over his performance. Alexis Sanchez asked questions of him at times, but he was able to put in a commendable performance.
Luiz Gustavo – 7/10 – The former Bayern Munich midfielder was one of the top performers for Brazil as he asserted his tough tackling game to Brazils advantage. Dictating the play in front of him, his partnership with Paulinho was key to their performance and win.
Paulinho – 6/10 – The Tottenham man was left frustrated for parts of the game, despite coming close to scoring in the second half. He faces stiff competition for his position and would have liked to show himself in a better light.
Oscar – 8/10 – The Chelsea man was a shining light for Brazil and he produced the pass of the match to set up Hulk for the first goal of the game. The ability of the young man is simply staggering and I back him to play a major part in any success Brazil may have in the summer.
Hulk 8/10 – MOTM – The Zenit striker has been in good form recently and it showed with his performance against Chile. The early goal was well deserved and he created a few goal-scoring opportunities that were not used, but you can’t take anything away from the big man’s overall play.
Neymar – 7/10 – A constant threat and thoroughly unlucky not to score five goals, never mind one. The Barcelona striker was the thorn in the Chile side as his pace, skill and ability stretched them all over the pitch, struggling to deal with him they relied on lady luck keeping him out of the goals.
Jo – 5/10 – A poor performance from the former Manchester City striker, in a game he didn’t look fit in. He was unable to carve out any real opportunities and was constantly caught offside.
Out of the substitutions there were good performances from the Chelsea duo Ramires and especially Willian, who came on and gave the side another dimension but the stand-out was the former Manchester City and Real Madrid star Robinho. The once record-breaking striker showed incredible prominence in front of goal and eventually got a deserved goal and in the end the winner.
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