Has had moments of great uncertainty in the Copa America, but he never came under any scrutiny over the course of this encounter. Didn't have a chance in the shoot-out.
A regular attacking presence from his right-back berth, the Inter defender was always willing to push on, but his quality at times was questionable, with both crosses and shots tending to be wayward. Clattered Estigarriba with a satisfying thumping tackle midway through the first period, emphasising his dominance in this battle.
Was touch-and-go to feature in this encounter due to injury, but took up a spot in the heart of the back four. Didn’t look hampered by his thigh problem, showing great strength, speed and anticipation throughout. But missed his side's second spot-kick.
Targeted by the Paraguayans early as the weak link in the Brazilian defence. Harried incessantly and looked under pressure due to a slight lack of pace, the Inter centre-back overcame these issues with his vast experience. Nearly grabbed a goal in the first half, but was denied by a good block.
Continues to be a highly-rated figure in his homeland, and came through this match in an unflustered style. In truth, such was Brazil’s dominance of the ball, he came under little pressure. Harshly sent-off in extra-time.
Pinpointed by Paraguay coach Gerardo Martino as the player to stop, the Santos playmaker was peripheral at times in this encounter. When he was in possession, he showed his talent to pick a pass, but he would have wanted to be more influential, despite drawing a good save from Villar in the second period.
Offered a steady and intelligent performance at left-back, marrying a desire to push forward with a sense of defensive responsibility to great effect. Produced the most dangerous delivery of the opening 45 minutes from a free kick but picked the wrong option when set free in the left channel just before the break, shooting high over the top. Hit a dreadful penalty, which sealed Brazil's fate.
Offered the first effort on goal of the evening with a stinging shot from range that flashed wide, and an incisive pass before the break created a superb situation. Distributed the ball well and controlled the heart of the midfield.
Caused havoc indirectly by consistently drifting in off the right flank, opening up room for Maicon to raid. The former Manchester City man was also a threat in a central position, playing a neat pass to Neymar, which was subsequently wasted. Fired just past after the break.
Preferred to Fred, who scored the late equalising goal against the Paraguayans in the group stage, the AC Milan forward spearheaded the Brazil attack in an intelligent manner. He linked up well with his team-mates well when given the chance, and was unlucky to be twice denied by Villar in the second half. Should have scored the rebound to the latter of these openings.
The teenager threatened from his position on the left, notably firing a tough first half volley just over the top. Just before the half hour mark, the young attacker passed up a golden chance, shooting wide after being set up by Robinho. This would be typical of the winger, who looked dangerous but too often picked the wrong option, preferring to go it alone too regularly. Withdrawn for Fred with 80 minutes on the clock.
Was by no means overworked, but was in the right place at the right time to block Lucio’s close range effort around 10 minutes before the break. Made a smart block from Ganso midway through the second period, but his highlight was a stunning stop from Pato, who appeared poised to score.
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Paraguay’s defensive unit has been the subject of much praise due to their performances in this competition, and he was once again extremely solid. The defender would rarely be caught out, despite coming under significant pressure. Had one scary moment in extra-time, but got away with his slip.
Much of Brazil’s raids forward were directed away from the right-back, who was at times caught between tracking Robinho and blocking Maicon. Held his position relatively well, but an ill-judged attempt to play offside could have been very costly. Withdrawn after 70 minutes due to injury.
Had his hands full throughout this encounter due to the sprightliness of Neymar, though even without the Santos man to pressurise him, he looked a little panicked at times. A short backpass put Villar under pressure and never appeared to be relaxed in his duties, though he did make a couple of vital tackles on his direct opponent.
Not a graceful defender, but he’s certainly proven himself to be effective in the past and was typically sturdy once more. Made a vital clearance from Neymar early in the second half, when Villar was beaten. His match was marred by his dismissal in extra-time as he lashed out at Lucas.
Unable to take any kind of a hold on the midfield, which was Brazil’s domain after an awkward opening 10 minutes. His work-rate and tenacity was not under question, but he had little say in this match.
Booked after 22 minutes after fouling Neymar, which would ultimately lead him to walking a tightrope for another 40 before being substituted. Defended hard down his flank, but was unable to have much of an influence going forward.
Toiled hard in the middle of the pitch, but was found wanting in terms of technical ability. Unable to get a real foothold in the game, in which he spent much of his time pressing industriously. Made several vital tackles around his box, and he scored his penalty, too.
The chief schemer in the Paraguayan ranks, he saw plenty of possession but struggled to play an incisive ball. Caught in possession to his cost by Maicon, and his crossing was also suspect at times. Scored in the shoot-out.
Worked characteristically hard, but struggled to make an impression against the Brazilian defence, which stood up well to the busy style of the Hercules striker, who lacked the guile and support required to threaten Mano Menezes’ men.
The prolific Dortmund striker failed to make much of an impact, though he was always a willing runner off the ball. However, he failed to get the better of the Brazilian centre-backs.
- 22 Jefferson
- 12 Victor
- 21 Adriano Correia
- 2 Dani Alves
- 23 David Luiz
- 14 Luisão
Replaced Pato early in extra-time, but was unable to have any great influence.
- 17 Elias
- 20 Jádson
Came off the bench late in extra-time, but his big contribution was hitting the opening penalty a long way over the top.
Came on for Neymar with 10 minutes to go, and nearly provided the winning goal with a header from a corner. Missed Brazil's final penalty in the shoot-out to send his team home.
- 22 R. Fernández
Came on for Vera, who was risking a red card having picked up a yellow in the first half, but his first real contribution was to foul Neymar, receiving a booking in the process. Made a vital clearance from a Fred header but scuffed his penalty wide in the shoot-out.
- 6 M. Cáceres
Came on after 70 minutes for the injured Torres, making his Copa America debut in the process. Booked only seconds after coming on.
- 3 I. Piris
- 20 N. Ortigoza
- 11 J. Santana
- 8 É. Barreto
- 10 O. Martínez
Paraguay’s final replacement, he came on with less than 10 minutes of normal time remaining. His pace was troubling late on.
- 9 R. Santa Cruz
- 7 P. Zeballos