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2 vs 2
Played
July 10, 2011 12:30 AM IST
Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes — Ciudad de Córdoba, Provincia de Córdoba
Referee:‬ W. Roldán‎
 
39′ Jadson
90′ Fred
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Brazil 2-2 Paraguay

Goal.com rates the players on show in the Group B clash in Cordoba as the Copa America holders drew for a second time thanks to a late Fred goal

By Jonathan Mitchell

  • Julio César
    35
    22
    3.00

    Julio César

    Could do little to stop either Paraguay goal. A match in which the Inter keeper was otherwise untested.

  • Andre Santos
    17
    49
    2.50

    Andre Santos

    A Mano Menezes favourite ever since working together at Corinthians. Was an imposing figure at left-back but looked decidedly slow as Santa Cruz raced away from him to tap home his side's first goal.

  • Lúcio
    26
    40
    2.50

    Lúcio

    Caught out of position for both Paraguay goals, particularly the second in which he let Ortigoza's long ball float over his head and then failed to cover inside when Alves was dispossessed.

  • Thiago Silva
    51
    16
    3.00

    Thiago Silva

    Fired a few outstanding raking passes forward, one of which expertly picked out Pato's run. Was probably the pick of his side's defenders but was still shakier than usual.

  • Daniel Alves
    117
    98
    2.00

    Daniel Alves Flop of the Match

    A nightmare outing for the Barca right-back. Struggled to get going and played a huge role in the goals his side conceded. Was caught up field as Paraguay countered down his flank to score their first and then lost possession in his box for the second.

  • Jadson
    69
    16
    3.50

    Jadson

    A suprise inclusion in place of Robinho - but he more than justified his place in his 45 minutes on the pitch when he opened the scoring with a sweet strike in the 39th minute.

  • Lucas Leiva
    42
    33
    3.00

    Lucas Leiva

    Very much the sitting midfielder. He positioned himself five yards in front his defence and played short passes around to keep things ticking over. Solid if unspectacular.

  • Ramires
    85
    33
    3.50

    Ramires

    It was his astonishing commtiment and drive that eventually forced the ball through to Jadson for the opening goal. The incident typified an industrious diplay in which he even found time to cover the right-back position on the occasions Alves managed to push forward.

  • Ganso
    47
    51
    3.00

    Ganso

    The Santos playmaker had a poor game in his side's opening match, and appeared to be struggling with his confidence for the majority of this encounter. Still wasn't at his best but grew in stature as the game progressed, providing cutting through balls for Neymar and then Fred's late equaliser.

  • Neymar
    40
    90
    2.50

    Neymar

    Showed flashes of skill, but spent far too much time on the ground as he went down under the slightest physical pressure. Also has a tendency to drift out of the game and struggled to make an impact on proceedings overall.

  • Alexandre Pato
    57
    27
    3.00

    Alexandre Pato

    Made some fantastic darting runs, including a 12th minute burst to latch onto a Jadson pass. Was only denied by brave goalkeeping by Villar. Faded as an attacking threat as the game went on.

Substitutions

  • Elano
    27
    19
    3.00

    Elano

    A straight swap for goalscorer Jadson at the interval. Went close with a late free-kick, which was expertly tipped over by Villar.

  • Lucas
    25
    22
    3.00

    Lucas

    Replaced Ramires and attempted to drive his side forward.

  • Fred
    66
    12
    3.50

    Fred

    Was only on the field for just over eight minutes but managed to pop up with a well-taken late equaliser to spare his side's blushes.

  • J. Villar
    23
    2
    3.00

    J. Villar

    The Paraguay No.1 could do little to stop Jadson's crisp strike or Fred's late effort, but did prove his worth with fantastic blocks at the feet of Pato and Neymar before tipping over a late Elano free-kick.

  • A. Torres
    18
    2
    3.00

    A. Torres

    Combined well with Esigarribia down the Paraguay left to contain Alves. Also provided an attacking threat with his set-pieces.

  • Antolín Alcaraz
    15
    3
    3.00

    Antolín Alcaraz

    Covered in behind the more aggressive Da Silva, but coped reasonably well with the stellar names in the Brazil attack.

  • Darabantex
    18
    2
    3.00

    Darabantex

    A commanding figure at the heart of the Paraguay defence for 89 minutes. Unfortunately, it was he who failed to get tight enough to Fred, leaving him ample space to hook home a late equaliser.

  • D. Verón
    17
    3
    3.00

    D. Verón

    Was surprisingly adventurous in the first half, constantly bombing forward at every opportunity. Was only lacking in terms of the quality of his final ball.

  • Marcelo Estigarribia
    44
    2
    3.50

    Marcelo Estigarribia

    Crossed for Santa Cruz's goal to cap a fine attacking performance in which he tormented Alves down the Paraguay left. Also worked incredibly hard to combine with Torres and ruffled Alves whenever he attacked.

  • C. Riveros
    14
    4
    3.00

    C. Riveros

    Made a key contribution when he dispossessed Alves to set in motion the move that ended with Paraguay's second goal. Quietly effective at the heart of side's midfield.

  • Néstor Ezequiel Ortigoza
    18
    5
    3.50

    Néstor Ezequiel Ortigoza

    The stocky midfielder cut an impressive figure in the engine room. Despite looking a little overweight, he puts himself about and proved he can also pick out a pass. One such ball over the top resulted in his side scoring a second goal.

  • Enrique Daniel Vera
    16
    3
    3.00

    Enrique Daniel Vera

    With Barreto nursking an injury, the LDU Quito midfielder started on the right of the Paraguay midfield four, but played extremely narrow, eventually playing as an orthodox central midfielder as Veron covered the whole right flank himself.

  • Roque Santa Cruz
    86
    7
    3.50

    Roque Santa Cruz Top of the Match

    Made a crucial impact by scoring his side's equaliser while also providing an assist when he rolled the ball to Valdez to score. Was tasked with dropping deep into midfield to provide an extra man when his side were without the ball while also supporting the attack - and he performed both tasks admirably.

  • L. Barrios
    26
    6
    3.00

    L. Barrios

    Worked hard up front in what was, effectively, a lone striking role and provided a little craft when he put Santa Cruz through on goal in the second minute.

Substitutions

  • O. Martínez
    18
    3
    0.00

    O. Martínez

    A late replacement for Estigarribia, made one strong run but couldn't find an end product.

  • Víctor Cáceres
    18
    3
    3.00

    Víctor Cáceres

    Replaced Viveros one minute after his side had gone ahead in an attempt to utilise his effective man marking in midfield to hold on for the win, which was ultimately unsuccessful.

  • Haedo Valdéz
    44
    1
    3.00

    Haedo Valdéz

    Came on as an early second half substitute and bundled his side into a 2-1 lead. Was rather fortunate to score but had to be in the right place to find the net.

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Jornada 2
Times In IST
 
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