Cameroon vs. Brazil: Live Player Ratings

Thomas CooperFeatured ColumnistJune 23, 2014

Brazil celebrate scoring their fourth goal in the 4-1 win over Cameroon.
Brazil celebrate scoring their fourth goal in the 4-1 win over Cameroon.Phil Walter/Getty Images

Brazil finished top of World Cup Group A after an ultimately comfortable 4-1 win over Cameroon.

The African side gave the host nation cause for concern when Joel Matip's tap-in tied the scores at 1-1 following Neymar's opener.

The Brazil star eased the fears of his compatriots with a second before half-time. Shortly after the interval Fred gave them a two goal advantage.

News of Mexico taking a 3-0 lead against Croatia caused further concern Brazil might be caught on goal difference in their group. Fernandinho's smart finish in the 84th minutes alleviated these fears, however, with Ivan Perisic's consolation goal in Recife rendering them moot.

Read below for player ratings for both teams with a word or two on each individual performance as well.

Cameroon Player Ratings
PlayerHalf-Time RatingsFull-Time Ratings
Charles Itandje56
Allan Nyom65
Henri Bedimo5.55.5
Nicolas N'Koulou55
Landry N'Guemo45
Eyong Enoh5.55
Joel Matip76
Stephane Mbia67
Vincent Aboubakar77
Benjamin Moukandjo55
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting6.57
Edgar SalliN/A6
Jean MakounN/A5
Pierre WeboN/A5.5

Cameroon Half-Time Analysis

Charles Itandje: Left unprotected by his defence more often than he would have liked.

Allan Nyom: Persistence paid off with a great assist for Matip's equaliser.

Henri Bedimo: A good shift but was having a tough time of it when faced one-on-one.

Nicolas N'Koulou: A non-presence for the most part.

Landry N'Guemo: Found it hard to get a foothold in the game.

Eyong Enoh: Competitive but struggled at times to keep up with Brazil.

Joel Matip: His presence in the opposing penalty area caused Brazil problems and he was rewarded with a goal.

Stephane Mbia: Worked hard to contend with the Brazil midfield but was often quickly bypassed.

Vincent Aboubakar: Tried to take the game to Brazil with his driving runs.

Bejamin Moukandjo: Started brightly but was caught dithering in possession for Neymar's opening goal.

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting: Full of zest, he gave Cameroon an outlet with his pace and dribbling.

Cameroon Full-Time Analysis

Charles Itandje: Did what he could given the porous nature of his defence at times.

Allan Nyom: Tough going against the skill of the Brazilians.

Henri Bedimo: More comfortable after the interval.

Nicolas N'Koulou: Same as the first-half, very quiet.

Landry N'Guemo: Saw more of the game in the second-half but was minimally effective.

Eyong Enoh: Not much went for him as he tried to keep up with his opponents.

Joel Matip: Was not able to get forward as much but worked hard to keep his opponents out.

Stephane Mbia: Did not shirk from the battle, grafted from start to finish.

Vincent Aboubakar: Some lovely touches in his attempts to create something but could not find a way through.

Bejamin Moukandjo: Little involvement before his substitution early in the second-half.

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting: Admirably worked hard to try and instigate something in the final third.


Edgar Salli: Enthusiastic from the moment he was introduced.

Jean Makoun: Saw little action after coming on.

Pierre Webo: The veteran tried to put himself about but the game was all but gone by the time of his arrival.


Brazil Player Ratings
Julio Cesar55.5
Dani Alves5.55.5
Thiago Silva7.57.5
David Luiz66.5
Luiz Gustavo77

Brazil Half-Time Analysis

Julio Cesar: Not tested too often, he could do little about the goal.

Dani Alves: Troubled by Cameroon's runs inside off his flank.

Marcelo: Switched off and allowed Matip space to score Cameroon's equaliser.

Thiago Silva: Strong in the tackle, became increasingly dominant as the game went on.

David Luiz: Caught unaware for Cameroon's goal but was dependable enough otherwise.

Luiz Gustavo: Excellent work for Neymar's opener, picking him out well with a superb pass after an equally good interception.

Paulinho: Perked up periodically but mostly quiet.

Oscar: Linked up nicely at times but did not assert himself enough.

Hulk: Missed a good chance just prior to half-time but showed flashes of strength and skill.

Neymar: His runs on and off the ball caused Cameroon a number of problems. Took his goals excellently.

Fred: Livelier than against Mexico but still limited to a couple of chances.

Brazil Full-Time Analysis

Julio Cesar: Not tested too often, he could do little about the goal.

Dani Alves: Far more comfortable in the second-half but was barely tested.

Marcelo: Was not required to do much defending in his own box after the interval. Mostly controlled his own flank.

Thiago Silva: Reliable throughout, the Brazil skipper again led the way.

David Luiz: Solid enough against the Cameroon attack.

Luiz Gustavo: An assured presence in the Brazil midfield.

Paulinho: Substituted at half-time.

Oscar: Put himself about a bit more and did well in the build-up to Fernandinho's goal.

Hulk: Occupied the attentions of the opposition but was unable to take advantage.

Neymar: A quieter second-half, but he had more than done his job by the time he was withdrawn as a precaution after he appeared to jar his knee.

Fred: A hint of offside for his goal, his manager will be pleased he was an altogether bigger presence for his side.


Fernandinho: Played with verve and a cool touch, taking his goal superbly. Staked a genuine claim to start in the next round.

Ramires: Looked to get forward as much as he could as the game petered out.

Willian: A quiet showing after he came off the bench.


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