Brazil vs. Serbia: Live Player Ratings for the Selecao

Thomas CooperFeatured ColumnistJune 6, 2014

Ramires and Neymar in training prior to Friday's game with Serbia.
Ramires and Neymar in training prior to Friday's game with Serbia.Buda Mendes/Getty Images

Brazil host Serbia in the home side's last warm-up match prior to the World Cup.

Manager Luiz Felipe Scolari will already have a strong idea of the starting XI he wants to field in next Thursday's tournament-opening match with Croatia.

Nonetheless, the chance to tweak a few things and get one final look at certain players will be a welcome one. Expectations will be high enough for this match. Next week, they will go through the roof for the host nation.

Ratings for those featuring will be updated at half-time and full-time, with an accompanying word on each player's performance.

Brazil Player Ratings
Julio Cesar56
David Luiz6.57
Thiago Silva4.55.5
Dani Alves55
Luiz Gustavo55.5


Half-Time Analysis

Julio Cesar: Only really tested once and was fortunate then. Lucky that Serbia finished so poorly in front of him.

Marcelo: Bright going forward, as some of Brazil's more creative moments came through the full-back.

David Luiz: On hand on several occasions to clear the ball. Not so good further forward, where he blasted a free-kick over the net.

Thiago Silva: A sloppy first half from Silva saw him caught out by Serbia's hounding more than once. Far from his assured best.

Dani Alves: Working hard to get up and down the right, but as involved as Marcelo on the left.

Oscar: Involved early on, but his influence diminished as the half progressed.

Paulinho: Just about an anonymous display from the midfielder, reacting to what was going on around him rather than doing much himself.

Luiz Gustavo: Similar to his midfield partner, rather quiet.

Neymar: Dangerous when he got in full flow, the attacker found it hard to get on the ball for large spells.

Hulk: Uninspired when he popped up on either flank. The least threatening of Brazil's forwards.

Fred: Starved of service from his team-mates and a restrictive Serbia defence. Looked to get involved where he could.


Full-Time Analysis

Julio Cesar: More to do in this half and the goalkeeper responded capably. 

Marcelo: A little quieter in the second-half but still a source of several of his side's better attacks.

David Luiz: Mostly reliable again from the centre-back, he stood up well to whatever Serbia threw at him

Thiago Silva: Much better, less-nervy second-half from Silva. Great assist for Fred's goal. Will need to ensure he is in the same mind-set as Luiz come the start of the tournament.

Dani Alves: A decent shift in the second-half. His strength and pace was enough to stop Serbia on more than one occasion.

Maxwell (substitute): Got up and down the flank as he can but saw little of the ball after coming on.

Maicon (substitute): Brazil's brightest replacement, he worryingly pulled up late on. An underserved concern for a player who looked to get forward whenever he could.

Paulinho: Even quieter in the second-half, Brazil will need more from him during the World Cup.

Fernandinho (substitute): Did his job in midfield efficiently but the game was losing its tempo by the time of his arrival.

Luiz Gustavo: More involved than before the interval but mostly a non-presence.

Willian (substitute): Bright and looking to get involved without ever creating too much for his team.

Hulk: Disappointing overall, but Serbia did well to nullify him. Might have been on the scoresheet but for the linesman disallowing a clearly onside goal.

Neymar: Similar second-half to his first, lively at times but looking like he had an eye on Brazil's first World Cup game next week.

Bernard (substitute): Very quiet. He will have hoped for more time than did this to try and influence proceedings.

Fred: Excellently taken goal from the striker. Not much came his way but he took his chance when it arrived.

Jo (substitute): Put himself about and was a nuisance for a tiring Serbia defence.