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2 vs 1
Played
June 26, 2013 3:00 PM EDT
Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto — Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais
Referee:‬ E. Osses‎
Attendance:‬ 57483‎
 
41′ Fred
86′ Paulinho
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Brazil 2-1 Uruguay

Goal rates the individual winners and losers as the home nation qualified for the Confederations Cup final

By Kris Voakes

  • Julio César
    105
    7
    3.50

    Julio César

    Produced a moment to savor when he dived low to his left to save Diego Forlan’s 14th-minute penalty, but then handed Uruguay a chance to make up for it when not getting enough on a punch from Pereira’s long throw.

  • Daniel Alves
    67
    32
    3.00

    Daniel Alves

    Didn’t provide nearly as much of an attacking threat as he can, although he did force a save from Muslera with one long-range effort. Robbed of possession when he lingered too long with Suarez hanging around, but did well to get back and win the ball back from the Liverpool man.

  • Thiago Silva
    54
    49
    2.50

    Thiago Silva

    Picked up a bit of a knock when rising high above Lugano at a Uruguay free kick, then just about retained possession after Luiz Gustavo had sold him short. Played the visitors back into the contest with an unnecessary pass in his own area which allowed Cavani to pounce and score.

  • David Luiz
    43
    66
    2.50

    David Luiz

    Booked for his ridiculous decision to haul back Lugano in the box as Uruguay were awarded an early penalty. Showed a cooler head for the most part thereafter as Brazil were left stretched on the counter at regular intervals.

  • Marcelo
    83
    19
    3.00

    Marcelo

    Did well to get a great low cross in which Fred almost turned home ahead of Godin, but was easily beaten to Thiago Silva’s dangerous pass by Cavani as Uruguay equalized. Got forward with decent regularity but was often closed out well.

  • Oscar
    37
    56
    2.00

    Oscar

    Too quiet for too much of the game, and his inability to cross first time on his left foot allowed Uruguay to cover when Brazil broke down the flank. Set up Neymar with one neat pass, but his regular contributions of previous matches were missing here.

  • Luiz Gustavo
    68
    16
    3.00

    Luiz Gustavo

    Looked a little flustered in the opening stages, shinning one ball straight out of play, but he was quickly back to muscle Suarez out of a good attacking position. Booked for his high follow-through on Rodriguez just before the break.

  • Paulinho
    125
    18
    4.00

    Paulinho Top of the Match

    TECATE Real Hombre of the Match. Was tidy but largely ineffective early on, but then released Neymar with a fantastic through-ball which led to Fred’s key opening goal. Pushed up into the attacking midfield line after Hernanes replaced Oscar and delivered with a towering header at the far post to send Brazil to the final in Rio.

  • Fred
    79
    16
    3.00

    Fred

    Couldn’t quite reach Marcelo’s low cross as Godin conceded what should have been a corner, but then mopped up well after Muslera parried Neymar’s effort to give Brazil the lead. Struck a clean volley well over from Bernard’s excellent cross.

  • Neymar
    135
    99
    3.50

    Neymar

    Found himself completely frozen out for most of the first half, but then he stole in from behind to force a parry from Muslera as Fred opened the scoring. Could have done better when played in by Oscar but shot straight at Muslera, then sent in the corner for Paulinho's winner.

  • Hulk
    38
    73
    2.00

    Hulk Flop of the Match

    Did well to win a corner off Caceres having initially looked to have lost his chance to deliver, but then leaned back too far as he looked to curl a left-foot shot into the far corner. Too easily phased out of the game before being replaced by Bernard.

Substitutions

  • Dante
    55
    11

    Dante

    Came on late in the day for Neymar.

  • Hernanes
    70
    10
    3.00

    Hernanes

    Brought on for the ineffective Oscar and added extra direction to the midfield.

  • Bernard
    89
    12
    3.00

    Bernard

    Replaced Hulk just after the hour mark and immediately had the crowd on their feet as his neat play set up Fred.

  • Néstor Muslera Micol
    4
    3
    2.00

    Néstor Muslera Micol

    Troubled little during the first half until Neymar breached the back line to force a parry which Fred made the most of. Occasionally raced out to punch when his defense could have dealt with balls, but always did enough to clear until Paulinho’s headed winner.

  • Diego Lugano
    6
    2
    3.50

    Diego Lugano

    Defended with his usual force and even won a penalty when his direct run towards the ball forced David Luiz to panic and haul him back by the shirt. Showed great anticipation on a couple of dangerous crosses as Uruguay dealt well with Brazil’s aerial threat.

  • Diego Godín
    3
    2
    3.00

    Diego Godín

    Kept out Fred with great anticipation from Marcelo’s low cross and provided a sturdy partner for Lugano throughout as Brazil found it hard to create clear opportunities in front of Muslera’s goal.

  • Maxi Pereira
    4
    4
    3.00

    Maxi Pereira

    Asked a lot of Suarez with a short pass as Uruguay looked to build down the right, then escaped a booking when felling Hulk. Showed great strength on more than one occasion to close out Oscar and Neymar.

  • Martín Cáceres
    3
    2
    3.50

    Martín Cáceres

    Seemed suited to the threat of Hulk coming inside rather than Oscar asking him questions on his weaker left. Got a vital header in from Neymar’s corner as both Brazilian center backs lurked in behind, but couldn’t prevent Paulinho from netting the winner moments later.

  • Cristian Rodríguez
    8
    3
    3.50

    Cristian Rodríguez

    Caught sleeping as Fred stole in to rob him of possession in the early moments, but then helped to form Uruguay’s solid core which had Brazil troubled. Gave as good as he got whenever he needed to in general play.

  • E. Arévalo
    3
    2
    3.00

    E. Arévalo

    Tackled with his heart and soul as much as his feet as is ever the case in order to ensure Brazil couldn’t play off their three attacking midfielders, providing a perfect shield for the defensive line which was eventually undone from a set piece.

  • Alvaro Gonzalez
    2
    4
    3.50

    Alvaro Gonzalez

    Worked diligently as Uruguay got on top and stifled Brazil in the early exchanges. Shown a yellow card in the second half as he mistimed one challenge, but his positive effect helped to ensure Uruguay’s back four were well covered. Replaced by Gargano in the 83rd minute.

  • Luis Suárez
    5
    8
    3.00

    Luis Suárez

    His movement often had Brazil back-pedalling, and he made room for Cavani and Forlan to progress on more than one occasion. Missed a great opportunity to equalise soon after Fred’s opener.

  • Diego Forlán
    4
    9
    2.00

    Diego Forlán

    Saw his early penalty saved by Julio Cesar amidst a cacophony of jeers from the home crowd, then drove an effort just over as Uruguay had the better of the play. His magnificent free kick delivery almost resulted in a goal for Suarez, while his corners were similarly dangerous throughout.

  • Edinson Cavani
    18
    4
    3.50

    Edinson Cavani

    Booked for grabbing at Neymar as the Brazilian superstar looked to make a move towards the Uruguay box. Looked set to continue his quiet tournament until he pounced on a loose ball to drive low past Julio Cesar, then made a great challenge on Marcelo in his own area before seeing a shot deflected just wide with Julio Cesar beaten.

Substitutions

  • Walter Gargano
    2
    2

    Walter Gargano

    Came on for Gonzalez with seven minutes left of normal time.

Results
Semi-Finals
Times In EDT
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Fernando Torres Fernando Torres
Striker
Chelsea
5 0
Fred Fred
Striker
Fluminense
5 0
Abel Hernández Abel Hernández
Striker
Palermo
4 1
Neymar Neymar
Striker
Barcelona
4 0
Javier Hernández Javier Hernández
Striker
Man United
3 1