Willian, Fernandinho fall flat as Brazil go out in the quarters at the hands of Belgium
Brazil's hopes of winning the World Cup for the first time since 2002 came crashing down at the hands of Belgium on Friday. An early own goal from Fernandinho put the Selecao behind the eight ball and a brilliant second from Kevin De Bruyne deepened the hole. Brazil pulled one back through substitute Renato Augusto but despite a plethora of second-half chances, they ultimate could not find an equaliser.
Renato Augusto was one of the few positives on the field. He came off the bench to score and allowed Brazil to stay alive until the end. Still, his performance was not a perfect one, since he missed a great chance for what could have been the equaliser.
The team as a whole failed to perform, but Tite, Gabriel Jesus and Willian stand out. The two players because they closed their World Cup campaign playing, once again, below the level expected from them. And the coach for insisting with them as starters.
Manager rating out of 10
3 -- Tite surely deserves part of the blame for the elimination. He was stubborn and kept Gabriel Jesus and Willian in the starting XI, for which he paid the price.
Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)
GK Alisson, 4 -- Not responsible for the two goals. He was hardly required to intervene for the rest of the game.
DF Fagner, 4 -- Did not experience any trouble with his defensive assignments, but was restrained in attack with Marcelo back in the team.
DF Miranda, 4 -- He lost the one-on-one duels that mattered with Romelu Lukaku.
DF Thiago Silva, 5 -- Better than his partner, but he was not able to keep together a defense that looked more vulnerable than in previous matches. He missed a clear chance from under the crossbar that could have changed the match.
DF Marcelo, 4 -- Very shaky in defense and never became an option in attack.
MF Fernandinho, 2 -- He was overwhelmed in midfield and Brazil missed the suspended Casemiro more than ever. To make matters worse, he scored an own goal that was crucial to the outcome of the match.
MF Paulinho, 3 -- He did not make his presence felt in midfield and was never the element of surprise the team needed in attack.
MF Philippe Coutinho, 5 -- Was absent from the game for long spells and missed badly with a chance provided by Neymar right in front of goal. However, he crossed the ball for Renato Augusto's goal that got Brazil back in the game.
FW Willian, 2 -- His last match in this World Cup was as dull as all the others. He was always below standard and was replaced at half-time.
FW Neymar, 4 -- Never stopped trying, but he clearly underperformed in a match that needed him at his best.
FW Gabriel Jesus, 3 -- First starting Brazilian centre-forward not to score in a World Cup since 1966. Again, he barely made a contribution.
FW Roberto Firmino, 3 -- He got off to a bad start and never recovered, getting little of the ball.
MF Douglas Costa, 4 -- The attack became more dynamic when he came in, but he did not create any clear chances.
MF Renato Augusto, 6 -- A few minutes on the field were enough to make him the best Brazilian player on the day. Scored the goal, but then missed another chance that would have tied the match.