Brazil 2 Colombia 1: Player ratings as ex-Chelsea man stars

Brazil 2 Colombia 1: Player ratings as the hosts set up a last-four encounter against Germany

By Ben Barker
Brazil
2
Colombia
1

Brazil

Julio Cesar Quieter than many predicted he would be, and was perhaps harshly booked for conceding a questionable penalty. Same old, same old otherwise. 6/10

Marcelo Played in his usual advanced wing-back role and threaded some excellent passes into the box. Got caught up in the heated exchanges in the second half but was solid defensively. 6

Thiago Silva Got the early goal with an improvised knee. He will be a huge miss for Brazil in the next round after picking up a wholly unnecessary yellow card for kicking the ball away. 7

David Luiz (Man-of-the-match) Where’s his best position? Luiz was a rock in the heart of defence, showed the ability of the coolest midfielder to dribble past players, and struck a 68th minute freekick with the tempest of a clinical striker. Absolutely brilliant. 9

Maicon A much tidier defensive unit than Dani Alves has shown in the last few matches, and a rousing welcome back from international wilderness for the 32-year-old. Gave Hulk the creative license to get forward. 7

Paulinho A vigorous performance, full of tackles and sprints. He patrolled the middle of the park, and little went through him. 6

Fernandinho Bustling midfielder tackled Rodriguez and played the perfect ball into Neymar which lead to the first goal. Sturdiness turned into recklessness however, as the Manchester City midfielder ran a fine line with his foul count. 7

Neymar Floated around the pitch, popping up in one place before reappearing in another. His testing ball from an early corner found Silva for the goal, and he was on the end of some tough challenges, one of which forced him to leave the field on a stretcher. 8

Oscar Still underwhelming, but full of energy. The Chelsea forward put a wholesome shift it, helping out in defence and breaking away in attack, but still hasn’t provided that special moment. 7

Hulk His strength and brute force is frightening. Forced Ospina into some powerful first-half saves. 7

Fred Once again a fading force. His hold-up play looked better than against Chile, but by the large he failed to deliver with goals or assists. 5

Substitutes

Hernanes, Ramires and Henrique All arrived within the final ten minutes as Brazil tried to close out the match. Hernanes made one poorly timed tackle in an otherwise fleeting appearance from the trio. N/A

Colombia

David Ospina Got some strong hands to Brazil’s relentless pressure in the first half but should have done better with the Luiz free-kick, considering the amount of glove he got to the ball. 6

Juan Zuniga Simply couldn’t contain Hulk. Really struggled and was too occupied to offer any attacking threat. 5

Cristian Zapata Excellent in the air, but reckless in possession. 6

Mario Yepes The oldest outfield player left in the competition led his country by example. He was often putting in last-ditch tackles and nicking the ball off the deft toes of Oscar and Hulk. A shining example. 8

Pablo Armero Got himself into good positions high up the pitch but couldn’t offer the forwards any sort of decent service. He looked out on his feet at the final whistle. 6

Fredy Guarin Much better in possession but far too wasteful when in promising positions. He should look to spread the play instead of go for glory. 6

Carlos Sanchez Robust midfield anchor, but lost his man on seven minutes, who promptly went and scored. Struggled thereafter. 5

Juan Cuardrado Another who failed to impose himself on the big occasion. He saw plenty of the ball, but couldn’t make the most of it – his failure to beat the first man when Colombia were three on one a prime example. 6

James Rodriguez Excellent penalty given the situation, and showed bursts of his good form but was heavily man-marked and received a few blows for his troubles. In considerable tears at the end, but should be heartened by a fantastic World Cup. 7

Segundo Ibarbo Replaced at half-time as the game completely passed him by. The epitome of a passenger. 3

Teofilo Gutierrez Another who was replaced after a lacking performance. He was outgunned and outclassed by Silva and Luiz. 5

Substitutes

Adrian Ramos Borussia Dortmund striker had a better impact on the match than he predecessor, but should have done better when chances presented themselves to him. 5

Carlos Bacca Won the penalty which Rodriguez converted and could have nicked a late equaliser to send the game to extra time. Conceded a silly foul in his hastiness to win the ball back which ultimately doomed Colombia to elimination. 6

Juan Quintero Much better, should have arrived earlier. His fresh legs gave Maicon worries, but he was such a late arrival that by the time he had the ball, he could run at his full back once. N/A

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