Wednesday, 9 July 2014

World Cup semi-final: Brazil 1-7 Germany – player ratings


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From Khedira’s and Kroos’s masterclass to Brazil’s defensive horror show – how the players rated in Belo Horizonte
Sami Khedira
Sami Khedira crowns a fine performance for Germany with a first-half goal as Brazil's defence is torn apart.
Photograph: Roberto Maya/Fotoarena/Corbis

Germany

Manuel Neuer 7/10: Was quick off his line and energetically reliable, as ever, where needed. Saved well from Paulinho in the second half. Was annoyed at conceding near the end
Philipp Lahm 8: Denied Brazil any space down their left; purposeful and creative further forward. Decision to play him at right-back wholly vindicated
Benedikt Höwedes 6: Steady in defence and, occasionally, in attack, though gave the ball away at times and may have been tested by better forwards
Jérôme Boateng 7: Gave the ball away a couple of times early on but almost always on top of his role. Got angry at Marcelo’s perceived diving
Mats Hummels 7: Always well positioned and reliable in defence. Tried to join the attacking fun just before the break but pass to Özil was cut out
Sami Khedira 9: Excellent. Involved in most of Germany’s devastating link-up play in midfield in the first half. Thoroughly deserved his goal
Bastian Schweinsteiger 8: At his authoritative best. Swept up well defensively when it was goalless, and a composed figure directing attacks
Toni Kroos 8: Inventive passing and probing rewarded with two goals. At the heart of most attacks and showed exactly why he is so sought-after
Thomas Müller 8: Took his deceptively simple looking goal expertly, and his mobility and energy was decisive. Key part of the attack, as ever
Mesut Özil 7: Still a relatively peripheral figure in the first-half onslaught, though enjoyed the extra freedom Brazil granted him. Late miss typified his tournament, however
Miroslav Klose 7: Busy as always and, even if he does not always make the right decision or pass, poacher’s instinct brought record goal
Substitutes:
Per Mertesacker (for Hummels, h-t 6); André Schürrle (for Klose, 597); Draxler (for Khedira, 76)

Brazil

Júlio César 6: Must have been exasperated to get such little help from backline and made perhaps save of the match from Müller
Maicon 4: Easy to forget that he made a couple of telling early interceptions but overwhelmed as German goals went in
Marcelo 3: Showed some characteristic attacking thrust initially but outpaced, out-thought and out of position defensively
David Luiz 4: Another defender better in attack. His long balls were Brazil’s main attacking outlet in the first half. All at sea during goal blitz, losing his man repeatedly
Dante 4: Frequently had to cover for Marcelo when the full-back roamed forward but unable to cope with Germany’s fluidity
Fernandinho 3: Brazil’s defensive midfielders were at least as poor and shapeless as their back line. Occasional energetic runs did not atone for basic lapses
Luiz Gustavo 4: Had to sit deep as full-backs tried to pile forward but looked out of his depth during goal glut. Sad end to a decent tournament for the midfielder
Hulk 4: Never able to get the better of Lahm on the left or behind Germany’s back four enough. Distribution was also variable
Oscar 6: Brazil’s classiest player and the most likely to create space and time on the ball. Wasted good chance in second half but deserved goal
Bernard 5: Grew into the game a little after half-time but peripheral in the first half, a victim of Brazil’s often aimless long-ball tactics before the break
Fred 3: Felipe Scolari’s persistence in the striker unravelled totally and horribly here. Isolated and ineffective – and the crowd’s scapegoat
Substitutes
Paulinho (for Fernandinho, h-t 7); Ramires (for Hulk, h-t 6); Willian (for Fred, 69 5)
The Guardian

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