By Milcah Tanimu
Brazil faced challenges in attack as they fell to a 2-1 defeat against Colombia, lacking the creative spark of Neymar and further hampered by Vinicius Jr’s injury. Gabriel Martinelli’s early goal provided the Selecao’s lone highlight, with Luis Diaz securing a comeback for Colombia with two late goals.
1. Ederson (Goalkeeper) – 6/10
Ederson made routine saves but couldn’t prevent the late headers from Luis Diaz.
2. Danilo (Right-Back) – 5/10
Struggled defensively and couldn’t contribute significantly in the attacking phase.
3. Thiago Silva (Center-Back) – 6/10
Provided experience in defense, but couldn’t prevent the late collapse.
4. Marquinhos (Center-Back) – 6/10
Solid defensively, but unable to contain Colombia’s late resurgence.
5. Alex Sandro (Left-Back) – 5/10
Had difficulties in containing the opposition’s attacks and lacked impact going forward.
6. Casemiro (Defensive Midfield) – 6/10
A decent performance in midfield but unable to dominate the game.
7. Gerson (Central Midfield) – 5/10
Struggled to influence the game and was largely ineffective.
8. Lucas Paqueta (Central Midfield) – 6/10
Showed glimpses of creativity but couldn’t make a significant impact.
9. Gabriel Martinelli (Forward) – 7/10
Scored an early goal and looked lively but lacked support in the attack.
10. Vinicius Jr (Forward) – 6/10
Provided an assist but had to leave the field due to injury, affecting Brazil’s attacking threat.
11. Richarlison (Forward) – 5/10
Found it challenging to break down the Colombian defense and lacked clear-cut opportunities.
12. Rodrygo (Forward) – 5/10
Attempted to make an impact but couldn’t turn the tide for Brazil.
13. Raphinha (Forward) – 6/10
Showed energy and tried to create opportunities but couldn’t change the outcome.
14. Fred (Midfield) – 5/10
Entered the game late but couldn’t influence the midfield battle.
In summary, Brazil struggled to generate attacking momentum without Neymar and faced further challenges after Vinicius Jr’s injury. The defensive lapses in the late stages cost them valuable points in Conmebol qualifying.