Uruguay 2-0 Brazil player ratings: Bielsa’s boys show courage in Centenario

Uruguay 2-0 Brazil Player Ratings – a tense game in the Estadio Centenario in Montevideo, neither side registered a single shot until Darwin Núñez’s headed goal on 42 minutes. In contrast there were 19 fouls in the first half alone.

Roared on by a packed house, Uruguay were tough tackling and frustrated the visitors who could never get into a groove. Without Neymar in the second half it never seemed like Diniz’s team would get back into the game.

Instead it was Bielsa’s boys who secured the win, River Plate midfielder Nicolas De la Cruz arrived late in the box to smash home a cross from the star man Núñez.

The match ended with seven yellow cards and just eight shots, as the Celeste won against the Seleção for the first time since 2001.

Marcelo Bielsa was the inspiration for Uruguay 1-0 Brazil in the Estadio Centenario
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Uruguay 2-0 Brazil Player Ratings

Match Timeline

10′ – Ronald Araujo gets an early yellow card for bringing down Gabriel Jesus

20′ – Now Darwin Núñez is booked for chopping down

42′ – (Goal) The Centenario celebrates, Núñez’s stooping header from Maxi Araujo’s cross

45+4′ – Neymar is stretchered off, and moments later Rodrygo booked for a strong challenge on Nández

48′ – Nico de la Cruz is close from a freekick, just wide

57′ – Nández goes into the book for a arm across Vinicius Junior

69′ – Rodrygo hits the bar! His freekick had Rochet beaten

71′ – Casemiro can’t keep up with De la Cruz, booked for pulling him down

77′ – (Goal) De la Cruz doubles the lead, following great work by Núñez

83′ – Gabriel Jesus hacks down De la Cruz in frustration to earn Brazil’s fourth yellow card

Darwin Núñez topped the Uruguay 2-0 Brazil player ratings with a great game
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Star Man – Darwin Núñez- 8/10

The Liverpool forward played his role to perfection, bullying defenders and making a nuisance of himself in the penalty area all night. Marquinhos and Gabriel Magalhães will likely be licking their wounds, after losing the battle in the box.

The 24 year old was working off scraps in the first half, but stayed alive and stooped to head in his fifth goal for the national team. It was his first strike in front of his home fans and he didn’t stop there.

In the second half Núñez kept working tirelessly to hold up the ball, and chase down lost causes. He was rewarded for his toil when he squeezed out both Gabriel Magalhães and Casemiro,  to set up the second goal of the game.

Uruguay Player Ratings

Sergio Rochet 6/10 – accurate in distribution, little to do

Nahitan Nández 7.5/10 – won the most tackles, ferocious in duels

Ronald Araujo 7/10 – imperious in defence

Sebastián Cáceres 6.5/10 – supported Araujo well

Mathías Olivera 7/10 – associated well with Maxi Araujo on left

Federico Valverde 7/10 – playing deeper than usual, but effective

Manuel Ugarte 7/10 – robust in the middle, recovering ball and progressing it

Nicolas De la Cruz 7.5/10 – orchestrated attacks with passes in final third, got his goal

Facundo Pellistri 7/10 – good outlet on right

Maxi Araujo 7/10 – Made 3 tackles, won 6 duels and provided assist in all-action display

Darwin Núñez 8/10 – alert for the goal, strong to set up second


Bruno Méndez N/A 

Matías Viña N/A

Matías Vecino N/A

Joaquin Piquerez N/A

Federico Valverde captained Uruguay to first win over Brazil since 2001
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Brazil Player Ratings

Ederson 5.5/10 – didn’t make a save

Yan Couto  6/10 – troubled all evening by Araujo and Olivera

Gabriel Magalhães  6/10 – muscled off ball by Núñez for second

Marquinhos 6.5/10 – urged team forward but to no avail

Carlos Augusto 6/10 – pinned back by Pellistri

Casemiro 6.5/10 – composed on ball but hurried off it

Bruno Guimarães  6/10 – dribbled past twice, average

Vinicius Junior – 6/10 – big battle with Nández, couldn’t get better of him

Rodrygo 6.5/10 – came closest to scoring for visitors

Neymar 6/10 – injured at end of first half, couldn’t silence the doubters

Gabriel Jesus 6.5/10 – worked hard linking up with teammates


Richarlison 6/10  – didn’t have any influence on game, just 17 touches

David Neres N/A

Guilherme Arana N/A

Raphael Veiga N/A

Matheus Cunha N/A

Neymar left the game early in Uruguay 1-0 Brazil
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NEYMAR of Brazil

Uruguay 2-0 Brazil Player Ratings: The final word

Marcelo Bielsa is making his mark on this Uruguayan side, who were terrific in transition, but didn’t lose their brave style. Núñez thrived in his striking role, supported by some wonderful displays from Real Madrid’s Valverde and De la Cruz in midfield.

Brazil are in an unusual position, failing to win their last two matches, and will want to step up the search for a permanent coach.

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