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2 vs 2
Played
March 21, 2013 3:30 PM EDT
Stade de Genève — Carouge
Referee:‬ S. Studer‎
Attendance:‬ 28000‎
 
Fred 33′
Oscar 42′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Italy 2-2 Brazil

Goal.com evaluates the performances of everyone involved in Geneva, where Daniele De Rossi and Mario Balotelli canceled out first-half goals from Fred and Oscar

By Mark Doyle

  • Gianluigi Buffon
    47
    9
    3.00

    Gianluigi Buffon

    The captain made a fine stop to deny Neymar early on but was given no chance by either Fred or Oscar. Did not actually have too much to do in a second period that Italy bossed, but he was equal to everything that Brazil did throw at him.

  • Andrea Barzagli
    35
    13
    3.50

    Andrea Barzagli

    On hand to snuff out the danger just as Oscar was threatening to surge clear, Barzagli was calmness personified throughout.

  • Leonardo Bonucci
    30
    18
    3.50

    Leonardo Bonucci

    The Juventus man failed to get enough purchase on his header in the lead-up to Fred's goal, and also struggled occasionally with Neymar's pace. However, he was strong in the tackle and, for the most part, dominant in the area.

  • Mattia De Sciglio
    51
    19
    3.50

    Mattia De Sciglio

    Not exactly a dream debut for the youngster, who was caught horribly out of position for both Brazil goals, even gifting the ball to Neymar for the second. To his credit, showed impressive mental strength in putting a dreadful first half behind him to perform impressively after the interval.

  • Andrea Pirlo
    57
    11
    2.50

    Andrea Pirlo

    The best player on the pitch in the first half. Did as he pleased, as exemplified by the way in which he shrugged off a challenge in midfield before putting Maggio in on goal with a stunning 40-yard pass. However, he was taken off the break (hence the low mark), presumably with next week's qualifier in mind.

  • Christian Maggio
    28
    12
    3.50

    Christian Maggio

    A fine outlet down the right-hand side for the Azzurri, the Napoli man very nearly scored after instantly controlling a long ball from Pirlo but he did not get enough on the ball and his shot was easily saved by Julio Cesar.

  • Daniele De Rossi
    55
    5
    3.50

    Daniele De Rossi

    Industrious as ever, De Rossi did a fine job disrupting any sense of Brazil had in midfield before then dragging the Azzurri back into the game with a sublime flick shortly after halftime.

  • Riccardo Montolivo
    56
    4
    3.50

    Riccardo Montolivo

    A last-minute addition to the starting lineup following claudio Marchisio's withdrawal, the Milan midfielder distributed the ball well and played his part in Italy's dominance in the middle of the park.

  • Emanuele Giaccherini
    23
    19
    3.00

    Emanuele Giaccherini

    Started extremely brightly, cutting inside David Luiz before being denied by Julio Cesar. However, his influence waned the longer the game went on.

  • Mario Balotelli
    100
    16
    4.00

    Mario Balotelli Top of the Match

    Probably should have opened the scoring after his run off the shoulder off Luiz was picked out by De Rossi, but his low drive was kept out by the legs of Julio Cesar. Tested the QPR keeper again before eventually beating his Brazilian adversary with a stunning curler. Could have won it, too, but volleyed straight at his nemesis.

  • Pablo Daniel Osvaldo
    19
    31
    2.50

    Pablo Daniel Osvaldo

    Did not lack confidence, as evidenced by his incredibly ambitious attempted chip from the edge of the area 15 minutes in. Went much closer with an awkward header from a Balotelli cross but was on the periphery of the game for the most part and was unsurprisingly withdrawn at the break.

Substitutions

  • Luca Antonelli
    19
    15

    Luca Antonelli

    The Genoa man came on for De Sciglio with 17 minutes remaining.

  • Alessio Cerci
    35
    6
    3.50

    Alessio Cerci

    Thrown on in place of Pirlo during the break and played with impressive confidence and dynamism, causing all sorts of problems for Brazil down their left-hand side.

  • Andrea Poli
    28
    6
    3.00

    Andrea Poli

    Came on for Giaccherini midway through the second half and performed well.

  • Alessandro Diamanti
    14
    20

    Alessandro Diamanti

    Replaced De Rossi with 10 minutes left but was unable to work his usual magic.

  • Alberto Gilardino
    14
    18

    Alberto Gilardino

    Took over up top from Balotelli with eight minutes to go but did not make much of an impression.

  • Stephan El Shaarawy
    68
    6
    3.00

    Stephan El Shaarawy

    Introduced during the interval and immediately looked far livelier than Osvaldo, forcing Julio Cesar into a save before setting up De Rossi for Italy's opener by whipping over the resulting corner. Very nearly won it for Italy, too, but whipped a shot just wide.

  • Julio César
    66
    10
    3.50

    Julio César

    A contender for man of the match, Julio Cesar made a string of crucial stops. Indeed, had it not been for the QPR man, Brazil would undoubtedly have lost this game.

  • Daniel Alves
    36
    32
    2.50

    Daniel Alves

    Showed impressive strength in barging Balotelli off the ball in the opening quarter, setting the tone for a typically barnstorming display. However, he was caught out a couple of times with balls in between himself and David Luiz.

  • Dante
    36
    17
    3.00

    Dante

    The Bayern Munich man was Brazil's best defender, with his positioning far sounder than the man he was playing alongside.

  • David Luiz
    27
    36
    2.00

    David Luiz

    The captain was twice caught out by routine balls over the top inside the opening six minutes, as he struggled terribly with the movement of Italy's attackers, though he did get better the longer the game wore on.

  • Filipe Luis
    20
    25
    2.50

    Filipe Luis

    One fine break down the left wing early on led to Neymar testing Buffon and he created the game's opening goal with a cross that dropped for Fred via the head of Bonucci. However, Maggio did cause him problems from a defensive perspective.

  • Fernando
    18
    23
    3.00

    Fernando

    Wasn't too far away with a long-range free kick in the opening quarter but his prime objective was protecting his back four, which, after a ropey opening quarter, he did reasonably well.

  • Hernanes
    21
    24
    2.50

    Hernanes

    Had a tame effort on goal during the opening exchanges but his passing was far more impressive, the Lazio man regularly switching the play with measured cross-field passes. However, was perhaps not as influential as he would have hoped against the country in which he currently plies his trade.

  • Oscar
    73
    11
    3.50

    Oscar

    His ridiculously quick feet had already earned him numerous free kicks before he doubled Brazil's advantage with a tremendously composed finish shortly before the interval. Did not shine as brightly in the second period, making his premature exit somewhat inevitable.

  • Fred
    41
    11
    3.50

    Fred

    Was always looking to link up with Neymar and put the Selecao with ahead with a sumptuously controlled volley. Did not get another clear sight of goal, though.

  • Hulk
    25
    38
    3.00

    Hulk

    Offered decent width at times but was the least impressive of Brazil's front three, as his shooting was wayward and his final ball poor.

  • Neymar
    61
    24
    3.00

    Neymar

    Fired an early warning shot by drawing a smart save out of Buffon after breezing by Bonucci four minutes in. It went unheeded, the Santos starlet creating a goal for Oscar after a blistering break from inside his own half. A constant menace but unable to get his name on the scoresheet.

Substitutions

  • Marcelo
    40
    16

    Marcelo

    Given 15 minutes of action after taking over at fullback from Filipe Luis.

  • Luiz Gustavo
    15
    17

    Luiz Gustavo

    Saw only a couple of minutes of action after replacing Hernanes in injury time.

  • Jean
    12
    16

    Jean

    Did not have enough time to make an impression after coming on for Hulk with just five minutes left.

  • Diego Costa
    10
    34
    2.00

    Diego Costa Flop of the Match

    Came on for Fred but did not get a chance to make his mark.

  • Kaká
    71
    14
    2.00

    Kaká

    Was given half an hour to shine but while he looked fresh, the Real Madrid reserve was unable to make anything happen.

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