Brazil passed their Croatia test in the introductory FIFA World Cup match on Thursday evening with a Blue and Tottenham Hotspur player both starting.

Many Premier League representatives featured in the Brazil versus Croatia match, the first FIFA World Cup game of 2014, last night yet two in particular provoked a reaction on social media.

Chelsea attacker Oscar’s winning goal for the home nation saw him earn plaudits on Twitter while Tottenham Hotspur’s box-to-box midfielder received mixed reviews.

Oscar’s work in the final third was notable. He received 72 touches on the football, returned an 83% passing accuracy, created three goal-scoring opportunities for his team-mates (one of which turned into a direct assist), both of his shots on goal hit the target (one of which was a goal), almost a third of his crosses were on point and he was also a dribbling beast.

However, it appears that the player’s coaching from Jose Mourinho has benefited the national team as Oscar also scored commendable defensive statistics which included four tackle attempts and three interceptions.

His performance appears to have prompted the media to link him with a move to Paris Saint-Germain, much to the chagrin of Blues fans who hope the player can replicate his World Cup form in the Premier League and Champions League next season…

  Nation Vs Touch Pass Acc Chance Shot Shot Acc Cross Acc Dribble Assist Goal
Oscar Brazil Croatia 72 83.3% 3 2 100% 28.6% 7 1 1
  Nation Vs Touch Pass Acc Chance Dribble Duel Aerial Clearance Tackle
Paulinho Brazil Croatia 30 86.4% 1 2 3 2 1 0

Unlike Oscar, Paulinho failed to win a single tackle throughout his 63 minute outing against Croatia in Sao Paulo on Thursday evening. He did, though, enjoy an 86% accuracy in the pass, create a chance, won three duels, two aerial battles and effectively cleared the football.

Oscar was, no doubt, the far more effective player but Paulinho, in a more withdrawn and central position, broke up play but was later brought off the field in favour of the more adventurous Hernanes.

Paulinho’s outing divided Tottenham Hotspur fans, with one supporter claiming that, had he featured for the full 90 minutes the winning margin would have been greater, while another claimed he was anonymous.

Chelsea reaction…

Spurs reaction…

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