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Neymar Jr. Gets 8, Marquinhos With 5.5 | Brazil Players Rated In Disappointing Loss Vs Croatia

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Abhinab Ghosh
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Brazil faced off against Croatia at the Education City Stadium earlier today as they looked to earn a positive result in the quarterfinal stage of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The Brazilians made a bright start to the game but were held to a scoreless draw at the half-time break.

Both times canceled each other out in the second half as the contest finished scoreless after the full-time whistle.

Neymar Jr. finally managed to open the goal-scoring towards the latter stages of the first half of extra-time when he scored with a wonderful run and finish. However, Croatia equalised in the 116th minute when Bruno Petkovic scored a dramatic equaliser. The match finished 1-1 after extra time.

Brazil ended up getting knocked out of the World Cup after losing 4-2 on penalties.

Let’s take a look at how each Brazil player fared during the match against Croatia.

GK: Alisson Becker – 5.5/10

The Liverpool keeper did enough to secure a clean sheet in normal time. However, he couldn’t do much about Petkovic’s equaliser and failed to save a penalty in the shootout.

RB: Eder Militao – 7.5/10

The Brazilian defensive ace earned the ball back twice and was accurate with his passing.

CB: Marquinhos – 5.5/10

Marquinhos made one important interception at the back and was accurate with his passing. However, he missed Brazil’s fourth penalty in the shootout.

CB: Thiago Silva – 7/10

The Brazilian talent secured the ball back twice and made a couple of decent chances in the final third.

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LB: Danilo – 7/10

He did his fair share of defending but offered very little going forward.

CM: Lucas Paqueta – 7.5/10

Paqueta anchored the midfield well but struggled to be decisive in the final third.

CM: Casemiro – 7.5/10

The Brazilian sensation offered his backline decent protection for most of the game and was lively in the Croatia half as well.

RW: Raphinha – 6/10

He struggled to threaten the Croatia goal and was replaced in the 55th minute.

CAM: Neymar Jr. – 8/10

Neymar was quiet for most of normal time. However, he erupted with a brilliant goal in extra time. However, it was not enough for his team to win in the end.

LW: Vinicius Jr. – 6/10

He struggled to give a good account of himself and was substituted after the hour mark.

ST: Richarlison – 6.5/10

Richarlison created some decent openings for others around him but failed to find the back of the net.

Substitutes:

RW: Antony – 6.5/10

Antony had some bright moments in the game but never looked like he would score.

LW: Rodrygo – 5.5/10

He missed a penalty in the shootout.

ST: Pedro – 6.5/10

Pedro was a threat up top.

CM: Fred – 6/10

He added some energy to Tite’s midfield.

LB: Alex Sandro – 6/10

Sandro struggled to influence the game.

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