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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Patrolled the area in front of his back four diligently, preventing Egypt from getting into a passing rhythm.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mohamed Abo 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.
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.
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.
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.
Pressed and harried the opposition but always looked outclassed and gave his strikers little in the way of service.
Brought on with just under 20 minutes left to give his side fresh attacking impetus, but failed to make much of an impact.
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.