Looked solid throughout, getting behind even the shots that didn't reach him as the France defence stood up well to the task. Showed great anticipation in the 91st minute to foil Hulk when he looked set to equalise.
Playing in his less favoured left channel, he stood up superbly against Pato as the 'Duck' came running at full force in the opening quarter, and then showed great anticipation to cut out Hernanes’ pass as everyone else in blue stood and watched. Only got better from there as he led by example at the back, seeing off all the Selecao had to throw his way.
Had much more time on the ball than he might have expected, and although Dani Alves enjoyed some possession, very little of it caused Abidal in particular many worries.
He'll accept being the least convincing of the two centre-halves in a winning side against Brazil. The Selecao made a couple of half-chances down his channel in the first half, but he grew in stature as the match wore on to complete an assured 90 minutes.
Dealt well with the twin threat of Andre Santos and Robinho and even managed to be involved in a couple of excellent moves at the other end. Nearly let the side down by playing Hulk onside in the closing stages.
His set-piece delivery kept Brazil on their toes and his direct style of running forced Dani Alves onto the back foot often enough to prevent him causing too much damage at the other end.
Struggled to see much of the ball to begin with, though he nearly gave France the lead from a Malouda free-kick. Improved in the increased space after Hernanes' red card.
His exquisite no-look pass for Benzema deserved a goal in itself, but he went quiet in open play thereafter. That said, he still proved a threat in the second period as his influence grew once again.
Guilty of losing possession in midfield as Brazil broke early on and a couple of overhit passes led to some misses chances for les Bleus, but he kept riding challenges to give his side a decent midfield platform.
After his early miss from Gourcuff's pass he seemed to drift off for a while, but following Hernanes' assault he sprung back to life, scoring from Menez's cross and asking questions of Julio Cesar on three other occasions.
His performance summed up his style. Anonymous one moment, majestic the next, he took it upon himself to run at the Brazil backline and garnered one assist and a couple of near misses as a result. The difference maker.
Had to be alert to keep out a number of Benzema efforts in the second half, but by then the striker had already hit the winner with Julio Cesar stranded.
An assured display from the Milan man, and it was noticeable that most of France's better opportunities emanated away from Thiago Silva's territory.
- Dani Alves
Struggled to keep a rein on Benzema as the striker got on top of the game in the second period. Was also shrugged off once or twice by Remy late on.
Given the long history of Brazilian left backs it is no surprise when one bounds forward with the appetite shown by Andre Santos, but his defensive attributes were not on display here as he lost out to Menez once too often and was punished.
Passed up a couple of good opportunities to get balls into the box and saw a couple of others cut out by French defenders before delivering a near-knockout blow on Karim Benzema to earn himself a red card. It really was an x-rated challenge.
Fighting a losing battle once Hernanes saw red, but he'd been tidy enough at the base alongside Lucas up to that point.
Worked tirelessly in midfield, and he was the one who was rushing to cover as Menez broke through to set up the winner. His ball-playing ability was also on display at times, but he saw little time on it after Hernanes' moment of madness.
- Alexandre Pato