Brazil vs. Colombia: Live Player Ratings

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistJuly 4, 2014

Brazil defeated Colombia, 2-1, in a thrilling match at the Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza. 

Thiago Silva sent the crowd into an uproar in the seventh minute when he scored off a corner kick.

That goal was followed by a stunning free-kick from David Luiz in the 68th minute. Colombia pulled one back on a James Rodriguez penalty, but the team in red could not find a second. 

Continue reading below for complete player ratings and analysis. 

Brazil Player Ratings
PlayerHalf-time RatingFull-time Rating
Julio Cesar66
Thiago Silva88.5
David Luiz78

Half-time Analysis: 

Julio Cesar: Did not have much to do in goal as the back four in front of him did well. 

Maicon: Had a chance to make an impact moving forward in the 34th minute, but his first touch was too heavy. 

Thiago Silva: Took a gamble to make a run near the far post, which paid off in the form of a seventh-minute goal. He also made seven effective clearances and blocked two shots. 

David Luiz: Made a darting run down the right flank midway through the half to try and produce chances for the Selecao. 

Marcelo: His shot in the 27th minute had a chance to hit the target, but it was deflected out by Fred. Just a minute later, he provided Hulk with a nice pass in the box that led to a chance. 

Fernandinho: Completed 89 percent of his 27 passes, and he was very active with 38 touches. 

Paulinho: Made three tackles in the center of midfield. 

Hulk: Picked up the ball off a turnover in the 17th minute, but the move was denied by a sliding Yepes. In total, he had three shots in the first 45 minutes. 

Oscar: Tested Ospina with a shot on goal in the 20th minute. 

Neymar: His free-kick in the 44th minute sailed high and to the right, but he did have a team-high 41 touches. 

Fred: Just like the rest of the tournament, he did little to help the Brazilian cause up front. 

Full-time Analysis: 

Julio Cesar: Clipped Bacca in the box in the 78th minute to concede a penalty. 

Maicon: The replacement for Dani Alves did a solid job at right-back with two tackles and three interceptions. 

Thiago Silva: Had a superb game, but his boneheaded moment in the 64th minute cost him a spot in the semifinals. He also made 14 effective clearances on the defensive side of the ball.

David Luiz: Hit a stunning free-kick in the 68th minute to hand his side a two-goal lead. 

Marcelo: Made four tackles and four effective clearances, as his side stayed back to defend in the waning moments of the match. 

Fernandinho: Did a terrific job shutting down Rodriguez from making any lasting impact on the match. 

Paulinho: Made six tackles in the midfield before leaving the pitch for Hernanes in the 86th minute. 

Hulk: Left in the 83rd minute with his two shots on target in the first half being his most important contributions.

Oscar: Completed 78 percent of his passes, and took one shot on target in a quiet role in attack. 

Neymar: Was the most active player in attack for Brazil with four key passes and 64 touches before he left the match on a stretcher in the 88th minute. 

Fred: Wore his invisibility cloak in a masterful way all night. 


Ramires: Made two effective clearances after coming off the bench in the 83rd minute. 

Hernanes: Helped stabilize the back four during the Colombian onslaught late in the game. 

Henrique: Played just a few minutes at the back after replacing the injured Neymar. 

Colombia Player Ratings
PlayerHalf-time RatingFull-time Rating
David Ospina76.5
Pablo Armero6.56.5
Mario Yepes6.56.7
Cristian Zapata6.56.7
Juan Camilo Zuniga65.5
Carlos Sanchez4.54
Fredy Guarin66.5
Juan Cuadrado6.56
Victor Ibarbo55
James Rodriguez6.56.5
Teofilo Gutierrez55
Adrian RamosN/A5.5
Carlos BaccaN/A6
Juan QuinteroN/A5

Half-time Analysis: 

David Ospina: Kept his side in the game with three saves. 

Pablo Armero: Led his team with 29 touches at left-back.

Mario Yepes: Was very efficient in the back with four tackles, two interceptions and two effective clearances. 

Cristian Zapata: Had a ton of pressure to deal with, but he did a decent job working against a threatening Brazil side. 

Juan Zuniga: Made three interceptions and one tackle at right-back. 

Carlos Sanchez: Stood in the middle of the box as Thiago Silva ran past him to put home the first goal. 

Fredy Guarin: His free-kick in 10th minute soared high above the goal. Was also efficient in the passing department at 83 percent. 

Juan Cuadrado: Fizzed in a shot in the 11th minute that earned his side a corner. His intended pass for Gutierrez in the 22nd minute was weak and cleared away. 

Victor Ibarbo: Made just 21 touches and completed only 60 percent of his passes. 

James Rodriguez: Tried to be the spark in the Colombian attack all throughout the midfield, but he hasn't found anything yet. 

Teofilo Gutierrez: Made just 18 touches and failed to get a single shot off. 

Full-time Analysis: 

Ospina: Could not do anything about either goal scored by the pair of Brazilian defenders. 

Armero: Made 58 touches, but he only converted on one of his five crosses. 

Yepes: Made six tackles and three interceptions in the back four. 

Zapata: Made four effective clearances in an attempt to keep the Brazilian threat away from his goal. 

Zuniga: Made a fair amount of clumsy challenges, including the one that took Neymar out of the game,  but he did not pick up a booking over the course of the game. 

Sanchez: His blunder on the first goal will be his lasting impact on the match. 

Guarin: Won two aerial duels, and completed 82 percent of his passes, after being re-entered into the starting 11. 

Cuadrado: Was dispossessed on a few occasions by the terrific Brazil defense, as he tried to spark the Colombian attack in the final third. 

Ibarbo: Left the match at the half after an ineffective showing in the first half. 

Rodriguez: Scored his sixth goal of the tournament from the spot in the 80th minute. 

Gutierrez: Only made 27 touches up front, where he was shut down by the Brazil back four. 


Adrian Ramos: Took two shots after coming off the bench, but neither were on target. 

Carlos Bacca: Earned a penalty in the 78th minute after being taken down by Julio Cesar. 

Juan Quintero: Made just 12 touches in his 10 minutes on the pitch. 


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