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0 vs 4
Played
October 16, 2012 8:10 AM EDT
Stadion Miejski — Wrocław
Referee:‬ M. Borski‎
Attendance:‬ 36000‎
 
 
Paulinho 12′
 
Neymar 25′ (PG)
 
Neymar 48′
 
Kaká 76′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Japan 0-4 Brazil

Goal.com was on hand to cast a critical eye over the players in Wroclaw, where the Selecao strolled to a comfortable friendly victory

By Keeghann Sinanan

  • Eiji Kawashima
    2
    1
    2.50

    Eiji Kawashima

    Though none of the goals could be directly blamed on him, he was hardly the most authoritative presence in goal.

  • Maya Yoshida
    1
    1
    2.50

    Maya Yoshida

    Like most of his team, he struggled in general when defending Brazil's flowing movement on the counterattack.

  • Yasuyuki Konno
    1
    2
    2.00

    Yasuyuki Konno

    Rather unfortunate to be called for a penalty on Neymar, and it seemed to define his game as he was rather hit or miss at the back. Good tackles were as common as moments of abhorrent positioning.

  • Yuto Nagatomo
    2
    3
    1.50

    Yuto Nagatomo Flop of the Match

    Brazil seemed to punish him whenever he got forward, as huge gaps on the left flank were often visible whenever the Selecao attacked. His poor defending on a corner allowed Neymar to get in behind him and effectively end the match as a contest by scoring Brazil’s third goal.

  • Atsuto Uchida
    2
    1
    2.00

    Atsuto Uchida

    Outmatched for pace and quality on multiple occasions by Brazil. Just not a good enough showing.

  • Hiroshi Kiyotake
    1
    1
    2.00

    Hiroshi Kiyotake

    In truth, he had little opportunity to make an impact because he did not see enough of the ball. On the rare moments when he gained possession, he was not able to conjure anything meaningful.

  • Makoto Hasebe
    1
    1
    2.50

    Makoto Hasebe

    Apart from a few moments when he attacked the ball intelligently at the edge of the box, the skipper could not inspire his team to much, and was often left second best in the midfield battle.

  • Yasuhito Endō
    1
    1
    2.00

    Yasuhito Endō

    Looked a little heavy legged against the energy of Ramires, and at times, he was left chasing shadows on the counterattack.

  • Kengo Nakamura
    1
    1
    2.00

    Kengo Nakamura

    Run ragged by Brazil and never came close to making a decisive mark on the game. Taken off at half-time after an ineffective showing.

  • Keisuke Honda
    3
    1
    3.00

    Keisuke Honda

    Some encouraging moments in possession helped his team fashion a few chances in the opposition half. The openings were few and far between though, as Brazil simply had too much in reserve.

  • Shinji Kagawa
    8
    2
    3.00

    Shinji Kagawa

    The most likely source of inspiration for Japan. Kagawa had no problems with beating his initial man, but at times, he simply had too much to do as Brazil were able to crowd him out. Needed a bit more help from his team-mates today.

Substitutions

  • Hiroki Sakai
    1
    1
    2.50

    Hiroki Sakai

    Never really looked to take the initiative to drive forward on the wing and spark his team. His defending though, was more convincing than Nagatomo on the opposite flank.

  • Gotoku Sakai
    1
    2
    2.00

    Gotoku Sakai

    Looked energetic after coming on at the break, but other than that, his contribution was negligible.

  • Hajime Hosogai
    1
    1
    2.50

    Hajime Hosogai

    A rather forgettable appearance off the bench.

  • Takashi Inui
    1
    1
    2.50

    Takashi Inui

    Never saw much of the ball in his spell on the pitch.

  • Diego Alves
    7
    1
    3.00

    Diego Alves

    Made a pair of solid saves in the first half, but otherwise, he was rarely tested.

  • Adriano
    8
    4
    3.50

    Adriano

    With nary a thing to worry about defensively, he needed no second invitation to bomb forward with aplomb down the right flank to provide vital support for the attack.

  • David Luiz
    10
    1
    3.00

    David Luiz

    Strong in the air , but the Chelsea man was never really taken outside of his comfort zone.

  • Leandro Castán
    5
    1
    3.00

    Leandro Castán

    Largely untroubled defensively and solid, if a little cautious, going forward.

  • Thiago Silva
    8
    1
    3.50

    Thiago Silva

    Never looked like being bested, and thwarted whatever Japan could throw at his box with his typical blend of poise and timing.

  • Oscar
    20
    1
    3.50

    Oscar

    Picked his passes smartly and never looked to hold onto the ball for too long. Another mature showing beyond his years.

  • Paulinho
    10
    1
    3.50

    Paulinho

    Opened the scoring with an accurately placed drive from outside the box, and always picked his moments to get forward well.

  • Ramires
    13
    2
    4.00

    Ramires

    Ramires never stopped running, and broke up a number of Japanese attacks, while having the presence of mind to spark Brazil on the counter at the same time. Saw a goal unfairly disallowed in the second half.

  • Hulk
    10
    3
    3.50

    Hulk

    Did not often embark on one of his trademark bulldozing runs, but he showed a more composed side of his game, supplying his team-mates with an array of wonderful passes.

  • Kaká
    29
    1
    4.00

    Kaká

    His international rebirth continued with another fine showing against Japan. Looked completely at ease on the ball and linked well with the rest of the team. Hit the post in the first half, but scored a well-taken goal late on.

  • Neymar
    18
    1
    4.00

    Neymar Top of the Match

    Struck his penalty with complete confidence, and added a second goal shortly after the break with a quick-thinking finish. Looked lively throughout, as his pace on the ball was a particular threat.

Substitutions

  • Giuliano
    2
    2
    3.00

    Giuliano

    Slotted in seamlessly after coming on from the bench.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Rank/Player Position Team Rating
1. A. PulidoStrikerMexico3.67
2. C. PeñaMidfielderMexico3.33
3. RodríguezDefenderMexico2.83
4. Rafa MárquezDefenderMexico2.83
5. L. MontesMidfielderMexico2.83
Top Scorers
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A. Pulido A. Pulido
Striker
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Chris Wondolowski Chris Wondolowski
Striker
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3 0
Neymar Neymar
Striker
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3 0
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
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Real Madrid
2 0
Ivica Olic Ivica Olic
Striker
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2 0