Brazil vs. Netherlands: Final Player Ratings

Nick Akerman@NakermanFeatured ColumnistJuly 12, 2014

Brazil's David Luiz reacts after Germany scored their fifth goal during the World Cup semifinal soccer match between Brazil and Germany at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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Brazil suffered another disappointing loss during the third-fourth place playoff, this time succumbing 3-0 to Louis van Gaal's well-drilled Dutch side.

Robin van Persie's early penalty set the tone after Thiago Silva tugged Arjen Robben to the ground. This was followed by Daley Blind's cool finish from inside the box, gifted to him after David Luiz's header plopped straight into the Dutchman's control. Georginio Wijnaldum wrapped things up with a late burst into the area, curling home from close-range.

The hosts exit having conceded 10 goals in their final two games. This was the last opportunity for stars from both sides to impact the tournament—albeit on a lesser scale—but how did they get on? Check our player ratings below.

Brazil Ratings
PlayerHalf-time RatingsFull-time Ratings
Julio Cesar54
Thiago Silva45
David Luiz34
Luiz Gustavo55

Half-time Analysis

Julio Cesar: Little chance against Van Persie's penalty.

Maicon: More effective in attack than defence. Limited quality across the pitch, despite decent effort.

Thiago Silva: Pulled Robben back for the penalty, fortunate not to be sent off.

David Luiz: Poor defensive header set Blind's goal up, playing at walking pace and constantly punting the ball upfield. 

Maxwell: Isolated against Robben, but did provide one pinpoint cross.

Paulinho: Anonymous for the most part. No memorable action.

Luiz Gustavo: Easily bypassed when the Dutch move possession quickly.

Ramires: Trying to drive forward, but playing a more disciplined role due to his teammates' natural tendency to roam.

Oscar: Fired a decent shot at Cillessen and provided a duo of smart free-kick deliveries. Forced into dropping deep.

Willian: Energetic and constantly looking to press, but remains one of many whose positioning ensures he remains isolated.

Jo: A doppelganger for Fred.

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JULY 12:  Thiago Silva of Brazil challenges Arjen Robben of the Netherlands resulting in a penalty kick for the Netherlands and yellow card for Silva during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Third Place Playoff match between Brazil and the
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Full-time Analysis

Julio Cesar: Rarely tested in the second half.

Maicon: Largely overlooked as Brazil focused their attacks down the left after the break.

Thiago Silva: Failed to cover plenty of gaps in the middle. Moved away from Luiz when danger appeared, but can consider himself fortunate to have remained on the pitch.

David Luiz: Hit the target with a free-kick and then proceeded to cross a simple ball over the bar. His confidence disappeared against Germany.

Maxwell: Unable to attack for much of the 90 due to the lurking presence of Robben. Gave up trying to do so when Janmaat came on.

Paulinho: Anonymous throughout. Unable to influence a crammed central area.

Luiz Gustavo: Subbed at half-time.

Ramires: Booked for a hefty foul on Van Persie. Came into the game more when he sprinted forward, turned Vlaar well and shot wide of the Dutch goal.

Oscar: Booked for diving after making another decent forward run. Worked hard.

Willian: Plenty of industry across the pitch. Never managed to influence the game as much as his speed promised.

Jo: No shots on target and only stayed on the pitch to stop Fred getting booed.


Fernandinho: Added greater balance to the midfield simply by maintaining his position.

Hernanes: Looked to inject some passing quality. Failed to do so.

Hulk: Blasted a shot over the bar.

Netherlands Ratings
PlayerHalf-time RatingsFull-time Ratings
Jasper Cillessen67
Dirk Kuyt77
Stefan De Vrij77
Ron Vlaar76
Bruno Martins Indi56
Daley Blind87
Georginio Wijnaldum68
Jonathan De Guzman65
Jordy Clasie76
Arjen Robben77
Robin van Persie77
Daryl JanmaatN/A6
Joel VeltmanN/AN/A
Michel VormN/AN/A

Half-time Analysis

Jasper Cillessen: Confident on the ball and made a comfortable save from Oscar.

Dirk Kuyt: Constantly working selflessly along the right flank.

Stefan De Vrij: Dropping extremely deep, but continues to impose himself at the back. 

Ron Vlaar: A powerful aerial display so far.

Bruno Martins Indi: Struggling a little for pace, conceded one dangerous foul on the edge of the box.

Daley Blind: Scored a supremely cool goal, combining an excellent touch and finish.

Georginio Wijnaldum: Tidying up and looking to move possession on. Conceded a poor foul on Maicon.

Jonathan De Guzman: Linking play well and shot over Cesar's goal from distance. Booked for tripping Oscar.

Jordy Clasie: Providing real busyness in the centre and some intelligent passes out wide.

Arjen Robben: Did more in the first three minutes than he managed against Argentina, a great run to win the penalty. Booked for a cynical foul.

Robin van Persie; Blasted a sweet penalty beyond Cesar. A little quiet until the end of the half, when he fired a testing strike at goal from outside the box.

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JULY 12:  Georginio Wijnaldum of the Netherlands celebrates scoring his team's third goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Third Place Playoff match between Brazil and the Netherlands at Estadio Nacional on July 12, 2014 in Brasili
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Full-time Analysis

Jasper Cillessen: Comfortably dealt with Luiz's free-kick and took a difficult catch. Subbed off with a smile once more.

Dirk Kuyt: Made an excellent block against Maxwell's teasing cross. Nearly scored with a late header.

Stefan De Vrij: Composed throughout. Won 100 percent of his aerial duels, per

Ron Vlaar: Lost a little composure when Hulk pushed into the middle. Remained physically intimidating.

Bruno Martins Indi: Cut the ball out and away from Jo in a dangerous position.

Daley Blind: Perhaps fortunate not to concede a penalty. Was removed after the aforementioned escape with an injury.

Georginio Wijnaldum: Attacked more often in the second half, but trod on the toes of Robben when doing so. Cool when under defensive pressure and scored a late goal. An excellent all-round performance across the entire match.

Jonathan De Guzman: Tidy on the ball, but failed to make a single tackle.

Jordy Clasie: Quieter after the break, failed to move the ball as precisely as we saw before half-time and went off with injury.

Arjen Robben: Had a close-range shot blocked early in the second half. His pace tested throughout.

Robin van Persie: Dropped deep in search of the ball. Will be pleased to have netted the penalty.


Daryl Janmaat: Provided a couple of useful runs, could have scored in the last minute.

Joel Veltman: Not enough time to judge.

Michel Vorm: Played the final seconds to ensure all Dutch stars made it onto the pitch at the World Cup.


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