Player Ratings: Uruguay 0-4 Brazil

Brazil took one step closer towards South Africa 2010 with as they blitz one of their old foes with an unexpected 4-0 thumping. Goal.com rates the performers on the pitch.

URUGUAY

Viera – 5: An absolute howler gave Brazil the lead when he allowed an awkward bounce right infront of him to squirm away from his body. Made an excellent reflex save from Juan right before the defender came back and scored.

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Pereira – 4: Almost always caught in no man’s land. Didn’t really position himself to defend or attack and allowed too much space for Kaka and Robinho to exploit. His misery was compounded with a sending off after the most blatant of professional fouls.

Valdez – 5: Failed to keep pace with Brazil’s counter attacks. Ran ragged everytime Luis Fabiano, Kaka, Robinho and Elano approached the penalty area.

Godin – 5.5: Made a number of telling interceptions but went missing in all the crucial moments. Marshalled his defence poorly and gave away the penalty for a foul on Kaka.

Caceres – 6: Played virtually as an attacking left winger. Barely saw him inside his own half but made one crucial challenge to deny Elano a goal-bound chance. The best of the Uruguayan backline.

Barrios 6.5: Very hardworking. Covered a lot of ground with his runs forward but they were fruitless as there was never any end product.

Diego Perez – 5: Absolutely anonymous. Unable to stamp his authority in midfield and afforded the Brazilians too much time and space whenever they were in possession.

Eguren – 7: Took a number of crunching blows but got up every time and continued. Very involved in attack and a vibrant performance in midfield. One of the side’s better players.

Alvaro Pereira – 6: Missed a gilt-edged chance to pull one back for his side shortly after Brazil’s second goal. Combined well with Caceres down the left flank.

Luis Suarez – 6.5: Looked a real threat everytime he had the ball inside the area. Like his team-mates, he missed a number of excellent chances.

Forlan – 5: Unable to get into the game at all. La Liga’s top scorer barely had a shot at goal in the first half. Came alive in the second half but as the captain, he failed to rally his troops. Disappointing display.

Substitutes:

Abreu – 6.5: Had countless shots at goal but none could beat Julio Cesar.

Alvaro Fernandez – 5

Cavani 5

BRAZIL

Julio Cesar – 8.5: Superb again for Brazil in goal. Single-handedly denied and frustrated the Uruguayan frontline with a number of world class saves.

Dani Alves – 8: Scored from long range but lucky to have the ball in the back of the net after a disastrous blunder from the goalkeeper. Made two important goal-bound clearances, too and he was marauding up and down that right wing all game long.

Lucio – 7: Almost unbeatable in the air. A few through balls got away from him but he was always in command and knew when to order his team-mates to fall back.

Juan – 7.5: Solid on the ground and complemented Lucio perfectly. Showed his striker’s instinct at the other end of goal when he nicked ahead of his marker to head in Elano’s cross for the second goal.

Kleber – 6.5: Not as adventurous as his right-back. Stayed in his own half for most of the game and never left any unnecessary space opened for Uruguay to exploit.

Gilberto Silva – 7.5: A hectic day in the office for the holding midfielder as he tried to cope with long periods of pressure from the Uruguayan attack. Didn’t always have things his way, but he did his job.

Melo – 6: Barely allowed to roam forward as he had to stay back to help Gilberto stem Uruguay’s attacking tide.

Elano – 8: Nothing flashy from the Manchester City midfielder but he assisted Juan’s goal with a perfect cross and supplied Luis Fabiano with the through pass to kill off the game.

Kaka – 8: Saw a lot of the ball and most of the attack went through him but struggled to combine with Robinho as their passes with each other often went astray. Won and converted a penalty.

Robinho 6.5: Never really got going. Showed a few glimpses of brilliance but always faded away instantly. Not one of his better games for the Selecao.

Luis Fabiano – 6.5: An eventful afternoon for the Sevilla striker. Scored a cracking goal, had a number of one-on-one chances, before getting himself sent off with a second yellow card for simulation.

Substitutes:

Ramires – 6: Almost debuted with a goal but a shot just after he came on flew marginally wide.

Josue – 5

Julio Baptista – 5

KS Leong, Goal.com