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1 vs 2
Played
June 22, 2013 8:00 PM BST
Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto — Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais
Referee:‬ F. Brych‎
Attendance:‬ 52690‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Japan 1-2 Mexico

Goal was on hand to evaluate the performances of the Samurai Blue and El Tri as Javier Hernandez notched a double despite missing a penalty

Roberto Pessoa / Belo Horizonte

  • Eiji Kawashima
    22
    17
    2.50

    Eiji Kawashima

    Looked shaky throughout the whole match, however, he made amends with his save on Chicharito's penalty kick.

  • Yuto Nagatomo
    21
    22
    2.50

    Yuto Nagatomo

    Although Mexico did not attack too much down his flank he struggled to get forward to make his usual overlapping runs for Japan. A quiet game for the full-back.

  • Yasuyuki Konno
    19
    17
    2.50

    Yasuyuki Konno

    A bit better than his partner in central defence, he also lost sight of Chicharito in the first goal. Didn't struggle that much otherwise.

  • Yuzo Kurihara
    19
    17
    2.50

    Yuzo Kurihara

    Completely lost sight of Hernandez as the striker helped himself to a double. Managed to keep composed and dealt with the threat from Mexico's long balls, but didn't have a good game overall.

  • Hiroki Sakai
    8
    32
    2.00

    Hiroki Sakai

    Contained Giovani dos Santos for the first goal but completely lost him when the Mallorca winger pushed forward in the second.

  • Yasuhito Endō
    28
    9
    2.50

    Yasuhito Endō

    Definitely missed his usual partner Hasebe in the middle of the pitch. Only seemed comfortable at the beginning of the game and struggled the longer the game went on.

  • Shinji Okazaki
    50
    5
    3.50

    Shinji Okazaki

    Was probably Japan's best player on the day being a constant thorn in the Mexican defence during the first half. He was having a quiet game in the second half until he coolly finished for Japan's goal.

  • Hajime Hosogai
    6
    32
    2.00

    Hajime Hosogai

    Was never able to fill Hasebe's boots against a Mexican midfield that was nothing out of the ordinary. Had a below average game.

  • Keisuke Honda
    27
    30
    2.00

    Keisuke Honda

    Looked a shadow of the player that caused Italy so much heartache.

  • Shinji Kagawa
    66
    17
    2.50

    Shinji Kagawa

    His team needed him and he just wasn't able to deliver. He was probably tired from the effort against Italy, but should have been better.

  • Ryoichi Maeda
    23
    11
    2.00

    Ryoichi Maeda

    Attempted to overpower the Mexican defence with his physicality but never really succeeded.

Substitutions

  • Atsuto Uchida
    11
    34
    2.00

    Atsuto Uchida

    Came in to solidify Japan's back line when Zaccheroni decided to switch to a back three. Didn't work out as well as the Italian coach could have hoped.

  • Maya Yoshida
    18
    21
    3.00

    Maya Yoshida

    He did make an impact when he came on as Japan looked a lot more solid with his presence on the park.

  • Kengo Nakamura
    33
    5
    2.50

    Kengo Nakamura

    Gave some pace to Japan's final onslaught and looked lively.

  • Francisco Guillermo Ochoa
    27
    5
    2.50

    Francisco Guillermo Ochoa

    Made a couple of very good saves and was unfortunate to concede. Good game.

  • D. Reyes
    25
    3
    3.00

    D. Reyes

    Cool and composed, he never seemed to struggle until Japan's goal. Still he was a definite improvement in Mexico's defence and could cement his place as a regular starter in the side with this type of performance.

  • Héctor Moreno
    18
    5
    2.50

    Héctor Moreno

    Looked comfortable on the ball and off it, he was Mexico's playmaker from the back and put his body on the line a couple of times during Japan's final onslaught.

  • Jose Andrés Guardado
    20
    10
    2.50

    Jose Andrés Guardado

    Did not have his best game but the cross for the first goal was a thing of beauty. Needs to be more influential.

  • Jorge Emmanuel Torres
    11
    6
    2.50

    Jorge Emmanuel Torres

    Had a quiet game and tried to overlap without too much success. Was not bad but not outstanding either.

  • H. Mier
    22
    3
    3.00

    H. Mier

    Had the difficult task of containing Kagawa and succeeded quite well, especially given the fact that he's not usually a right back. Allowed him space on Japan's goal though.

  • Gerardo Torrado
    7
    13
    2.00

    Gerardo Torrado

    Harshly criticised by the Mexican press before the game, he was quite solid containing Honda and seemed at ease on the ball. Good game for the veteran anchorman.

  • J. Zavala
    7
    11
    2.50

    J. Zavala

    Partnered Torrado in midfield and was in charge of fighting the aerial balls sent by 'keeper Ochoa. Had a decent game as well.

  • Giovani dos Santos
    60
    3
    3.50

    Giovani dos Santos

    Mexico's best performer during the competition didn't disappoint again and, after a quiet first half, was lively and dangerous in the second. When he was subbed Mexico started to struggle.

  • Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez
    111
    19
    4.00

    Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez

    He's always there when needed. Despite missing a penalty and an easy rebound, he was the catalyst of Mexico's victory. Scored two and was as deadly as ever.

  • R. Jiménez
    15
    9
    2.50

    R. Jiménez

    Had to fight for aerial balls the entire match and didn't seem at ease playing behind the striker. He showed some potential and is one for the future.

Substitutions

  • C. Salcido
    5
    13
    2.00

    C. Salcido

    Entered in the second half to solidify Mexico's midfield but struggled mightily. He wasn't as solid as usual.

  • J. Aquino
    6
    7
    3.00

    J. Aquino

    Testimonial presence during the injury time.

  • Pablo Edson Barrera
    2
    14
    2.00

    Pablo Edson Barrera

    Subbed in during the final minutes to counterattack, he mishit a couple of easy crosses.

Results
Group A Matchday 3
Times In BST
 
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 'Chicharito' Hernandez Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez
Striker
Man Utd.
3 1