An absolute spectator. Aside from coming from his area to collect some hanging crosses, he was a bystander as Venezuela failed to threaten his goal even once.
Strolled through the contest with minimal fuss as Venezuela's forward failed to offer up any threat to his goal. Remained composed and facilitated the play from the back with assurance.
Spent almost the entire match in opposition territory, in his typically offensive style, but all too often his final pass failed to find the target, and attacks broke down on his side of the pitch. Not a Barcelona-esque performance from the fullback.
Was involved in a physical tussle with Rondon, but used all of his experience and strength to keep the young Malaga striker at bay, on the occasion of his 100th cap.
Swaggered around but with nowhere near as much influence on proceeding as Brazil would have hoped. Slide-rule pass set up Neymar on half-time, but other than that struggled to create the play as Mano Menezes would have hoped.
Held his position well without ever looking to be creative enough to help unlock a staunch Venezuela defensive line. Appeared to lose concentration in the second half as the game slipped away from Brazil.
One of the more disappointing performers in yellow. Appeared confused as to his role, and lost possession far too often with slack passing and a distinct lack of concentration.
Couldn't link with Neymar on the left side of the pitch, and failed to produce anything of note, nor provide his team with an efficient outlet on that side of the field.
Saw a low shot easily gathered by the keeper, then smashed a strike from inside the area off the crossbar in what was Brazil's best effort of the first half. Grew increasingly frustrated as the match went on, and was unable to provide the spark needed to win the contest.
At times wonderful to watch, but at others frustratingly inconsistent. His touch was not always at his best, and missed a good first half chance, curling the ball wide when he should have perhaps found the net. Completely drifted out of the match in the second half.
Was woefully wasteful when presented with a gift of an opportunity when through on goal, lacking conviction in his finish. From that moment on, barely touched the ball, and was unceremoniously hooked with an hour gone.
Easily held a shot from Pato in the first half, but could only look on as the same player cracked his crossbar from inside the area. However, he would have expected to be far busier than he was and in the end, left with little to do.
Threw himself in the way of every cross that came into the area, and was able to clear his lines in an uncompromising but ultimately effective manner, to keep the Brazilians at bay.
A towering presence at the back for his nation, shackling the mobile Brazil forward line superbly. Highlight of his evening was a sensational goal-line block with his shoulder as Robinho looked set to score.
Faced up well to Neymar, only once succumbing to the starlet's dribbling ability, and forced the Santos man to drift across the pitch in search of the ball in other areas. A solid display.
Showcased a decent left foot when moving forward to good effect, and was comfortable in dealing with the overlapping threat of Dani Alves on his flank.
Worked extremely hard to close down the man in possession and starve the Brazilians of space as they looked to edge forward. Formed a sturdy barrier that the Copa America holders were unable to break through.
Influence on the match grew as the game progressed, and Venezuela began to have half belief. Forever a willing runner, and was able to flight some teasing deliveries that forced Julio Cesar to show a safe pair of hands.
Performed extremely well in a destructive role in the center, stifling the role of Ganso and also out-muscled Ramires, providing more the suitable protection to his back line.
One of Venezuela's most enterprising players, using his energy to drag his team out of their own third of the pitch and take the pressure from his defense.
Given the task of supporting Rondon whenever possible, but apart from a few glimpses in the first half, his night was spent mainly defending until his substitution near the end.
Well marshaled by Lucio as he was often isolated in the attack. Gave everything to the cause, but blotted his copybook with a yellow card for diving inside the area in the second half.
- 22 Jefferson
- 12 Victor
- 13 Maicon
- 23 David Luiz
- 21 Adriano Correia
- 14 Luisão
- 17 Elias
- 15 Sandro
Surprisingly benched, was given the chance to be a hero, but couldn't find the moment of glory.
Given the last 15 minutes, but not enough time to make an impact.
- 20 Jádson
Thrown on for Robinho on the hour mark, but couldn't conjure a sniff of the target in the remaining minutes.
- 12 L. Morales
- 22 D. Hernández
- 2 J. Granados
- 3 J. Rey
- 19 J. Meza
G. Di Giorgi
Given the closing moments of the contest to shore up the midfield.
- 21 A. González
- 13 L. Seijas
Brought on in the second half and helped his side achieve one of their most famous results.
- 17 D. Arismendi
Record goalscorer thrown on for the last 10 minutes, but didn't get a sniff of goal.