Brazil returned to their old ways, with another highly disappointing goalless draw, this time with Colombia at the legendary Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday night. Goal.com rates the performers...
Julio Cesar – 6.0: Despite not having been given much work during the match the Inter Milan goalkeeper looked insecure at times, and this could have costed Brazil a goal in the first half.
Juan – 7.0: Looked solid in defense for most part, and almost found the back of the net with a header. But was replaced by Thiago Silva in the second half due to injury.
Maicon – 6.0: Looked isolated at times, and was overrun by his marker during key plays. The right-back struggled to make a good impression.
Kleber – 5.5: Was clearly one of Brazil's most worn out players in the final quarter hour, and this affected the team a great deal.
Lucio – 7.0: Did well when Brazil counted on him. Managed to keep Darwin Quintero out of the match.
Gilberto Silva – 5.0: Worked hard in the middle of the park, but was rather slow when distributing the ball. Found it tough matching the speed of his opponents.
Kaka – 7.5: Was Brazil's main inspiration throughout the match, and never stopped working, even when it seemed that he had run out of steam. Still, it was a below-par performance for his usual high standards.
Josue – 4.5: Did well to spread the ball around the field, but lacked the necessary build to outmuscle the physical Colombians. This ended up affecting the team, and his overall showing.
Elano – 4.5: A frustrating performance, never managed to get involved in the game, and lacked precision with his passing. Was replaced in the second half.
Robinho – 7.0: Showed signs of his brilliance at the beginning, but soon faded into the shadows. Came off injured.
Jo – 6.5: Was Brazil's most dangerous striker, particularly in the first half. Wasted several glorious opportunities to find the back of the net though.
Thiago Silva – 6.5: Added some much needed strength to the Brazilian back-line.
Mancini – 5.5: Motivated the side with his introduction, but was extremely sluggish with his crossing.
Alexandre Pato – 5.0: Had a clear-cut opportunity to open the scoring with his first touch of the ball, but lacked accuracy.
Agustin Julio – 7.5: In truth, Julio wasn't called upon much by his team. But he responded well when he needed to.
Mario Yepes – 9.0: A rock in the centre of the Colombian defense. Organized his team well, and always won in the air. Without doubt the man-of-the-match
Luis Perea – 7.5: Tried to move forward at every opportunity, but wasn't provided with sufficient back-up. Kept the Brazilian fowards at bay.
Pablo Armero – 6.5: A good overall performance from the America de Cali left-back. Helped out in the attack when needed.
Camilo Zuniga – 7.5: The right-back supported his teammates when it came to marking, and this cut down Brazil's efficiency.
Fabian Vargas – 8.5: A brilliant performance. Pulled the strings in the Colombia midfield, and did well to break down attacks.
Gerardo Bedoya – 7.0: Despite his short stature, did well to contain the Brazilian midfield. Was dangerous in dead-ball situations, and played a key role as his side secured a valuable point.
Juan Carlos Toja – 7.0: Came close to scoring on a header, and always looked dangerous when in an attacking position. Also helped to neutralize the Brazilians.
Freddy Guarin – 6.5: The versatile midfielder shifted around the field, depending on the flow of the match. Did well to break down several Brazilian attacks.
Darwin Quintero – 6.0: Found it difficult to get into the game early on, but assisted Renteria on a couple of goal-scoring opportunities.
Wason Renteria – 7.0: Started off the match in fine form, and was always a menace to the Brazilian defense. Could have been more efficient when it came down to scoring goals.
Abel Aguilar – N/A:
Gustavo Ramos – N/A: