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Played
July 26, 2012 7:45 p.m. IST
Millennium Stadium — Cardiff (Caerdydd)
Referee:‬ G. Rocchi‎
Attendance:‬ 26812‎
 
16′ Rafael
30′ Neymar
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Brazil 3-2 Egypt

The Selecao were given a big scare by a spirited Egyptian side in the second half as their defensive frailties were exposed after a rampant first-half display

By Liam Twomey at the Millennium Stadium

  • Neto
    0
    1
    3.00

    Neto

    Aside from a fairly comfortable save from El Nenny at his near post early on, he was a glorified spectator for the most part, and was helpless to deny either of the Egyptian goals.

  • Rafael
    1
    1
    3.50

    Rafael

    Took to his defensive duties with typical gusto and always carried a threat when going forward - never more so than when he collected Oscar's incisive pass in the penalty area before cutting inside and firing low past Ahmed Al Shenawy for the opener.

  • Thiago Silva
    1
    1
    3.00

    Thiago Silva

    Marshalled his defence with the confidence of a man recently valued at £35 million, but was badly caught out of position a couple of times after the break as his team stumbled over the line.

  • Juan Jesus
    0
    1
    2.00

    Juan Jesus

    Had very little to do early on up against a fairly blunt Egyptian attack starved of service, though a couple of lapses in concentration in the second half may give hope to some of the competition's more dangerous opponents.

  • Marcelo
    2
    1
    3.00

    Marcelo

    Provided an effective balance to the buccanneering Rafael with his own surges forward down the left flank, but his defensive positioning and decision-making still leaves something to be desired.

  • Sandro
    0
    1
    3.00

    Sandro

    Patrolled the area in front of his back four diligently, preventing Egypt from getting into a passing rhythm.

  • Rômulo
    0
    2
    3.50

    Rômulo

    Matched the physicality and discipline of defensive midfield partner Sandro but also contributed going forward with a number of long-range passes which gave a new dimension to his team's play and yielded a number of chances.

  • Oscar
    11
    0
    4.50

    Oscar

    Brazil's most consistent attacking threat. His brilliant no-look pass allowed Rafael to break the deadlock, before his persistence and awareness provided Leandro Damiao with a simple tap-in. In the main, his vision and passing were a constant headache. Chelsea have bought themselves quite a player.

  • Leandro Damião
    0
    1
    4.00

    Leandro Damião

    Led the line superbly, and Egypt never got to grips with his blend of physicality and dynamism. Deserved his goal, but will feel he should have had more.

  • Neymar
    1
    1
    4.00

    Neymar

    Justified the incredible hype surrounding him with a performance which combined pace, fearless dribbling and tireless work ethic - encapsulated in his superbly-taken goal. The occasional loose touch betrayed the frightening truth that he is, after all, still only 20, but it's easy to see why the world and his wife is watching him.

  • Hulk
    0
    1
    3.50

    Hulk

    His pace, skill and power made him unplayable at times, and his combinations with Oscar, Neymar and Leandro Damiao were often dazzling, even if he did sometimes go to ground a little too easily.

Substitutions

  • Danilo
    0
    0

    Danilo

    Came on with 12 minutes left to shore up the midfield, and did just that.

  • Ganso
    0
    0
    2.50

    Ganso

    Brought on with just under 20 minutes left to give his side fresh attacking impetus, but failed to make much of an impact.

  • Alexandre Pato
    0
    0
    3.00

    Alexandre Pato

    Replaced Leandro Damiao with just under 15 minutes remaining and found him a hard act to follow, although only a wayward Marcelo delivery prevented him getting on the scoresheet.

  • Ahmed Al Shenawy
    0
    0
    2.00

    Ahmed Al Shenawy

    Afforded very little protection by his clearly overwhelmed defence, but must take individual responsibility for the indecision which allowed Oscar to find Leandro Damiao for Brazil's second.

  • Mahmoud Alaa Eldin
    0
    0
    2.00

    Mahmoud Alaa Eldin

    Bullied by Leandro Damiao for long periods, and looked visibly relieved when the burly number nine was replaced by Alexandre Pato with around 15 minutes remaining.

  • Ahmed Hegazy
    0
    0
    2.00

    Ahmed Hegazy

    Like his partner Alaa, Hegazy will probably be having nightmares about Leandro Damiao for weeks after this. Dominated in the air and on the ground too easily.

  • Islam Ramadan
    0
    0
    2.50

    Islam Ramadan

    Got forward just as well as Fathy on the left, but again his poor crossing gave his strikers nothing to work with, and he was caught out of position defensively far too often. The free-kick which ultimately led to Abou-Trika's goal was more luck than judgment.

  • Ahmed Fathy
    0
    0
    2.50

    Ahmed Fathy

    Showed good attacking intent early on, but his efforts were undermined by his poor delivery and he offensive mindset left his centre-backs at the mercy of Brazil's formidable attack.

  • Mohammed Abu Trika
    0
    0
    3.50

    Mohammed Abu Trika

    The one point of inspiration in an otherwise workmanlike team. His goal may not have been beautiful but it gave his team hope, and as Brazil eased off his vision and experience looked to be the likeliest means of pulling off an astonishing comeback.

  • Marwan Mohsen
    0
    0
    2.50

    Marwan Mohsen

    Worked the channels and willingly chased lost causes, but left the field at the end of the night without the fortune of having a single chance fall his way.

  • Saleh Gomaa
    0
    0
    2.50

    Saleh Gomaa

    Pressed and harried the opposition but always looked outclassed and gave his strikers little in the way of service.

  • Hossam Hassan
    0
    0
    2.50

    Hossam Hassan

    Worked hard but got little reward for his effort. He rarely had the ball and, when he did, failed to do much of substance with it.

  • Mohamed El Nenny
    0
    0
    2.00

    Mohamed El Nenny

    Ran himself into the ground but, seeing the ball passed around him time and again, he grew frustrated, occasionally resulting in petulant and unnecessary fouls which hindered his team's efforts.

Substitutions

  • Shehab Ahmed
    0
    0

    Shehab Ahmed

    Came on with just under 15 minutes to go as his side searched desperately for an equaliser, but in vain.

  • Ahmed Magdi
    0
    0

    Ahmed Magdi

    Replaced El Nenny in the last minute.

Results
Matchday 1
Times In IST
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Leandro Damião Leandro Damião
Striker
Santos
6 0
Moussa Konaté Moussa Konaté
Striker
Genoa
5 0
O. Peralta O. Peralta
Striker
Santos Laguna
4 0
Giovani dos Santos Giovani dos Santos
Striker
Villarreal
3 1
Neymar Neymar
Striker
Barcelona
3 1