Uruguay 2 – 0 Brazil: Player Rating As Uruguay beat Brazil for first time in 22 years as stunning WCQ run over

Uruguay beat Brazil for first time in 22 years as stunning WCQ run over

Despite the many star talents on the pitch, a few names were incredibly quiet throughout the 90 minutes. But Darwin Núñez shone.

Only two shots found the target from a combined six attempts as Uruguay and Brazil struggled to conjure up attacking threats. Still, when opportunities did arise, the Liverpool ace made the most of them.

The opener arrived after Núñez eluded his marksman and waited patiently for a cut-back in the box before sending a powerful header past Ederson.

Brazil later suffered a major loss as Neymar was stretchered off in tears with a serious knee injury and no one could step up in his absence to drag them back into the game.

While Rodrygo’s free-kick hit the crossbar, Núñez later somehow kept the ball out of play and poked it towards Nicolás de la Cruz, who put the tie to bed with ease.

The result means Marcelo Bielsa’s men leapfrog Brazil in the standings for their first win in 22 years.

Meanwhile, Fernando Diniz’s men see their impressive run come to an end after suffering their first World Cup qualifying defeat in eight years.

Brazil Player Rating

Ederson (5/10): Couldn’t do anything about either goal.

Yan Couto (5/10): Too easily beaten in the run up to the Uruguay opener.

Marquinhos (6/10): Solid in the air, composed on the ball. Will be annoyed that Nunez was able to score so easily for the first.

Gabriel (5/10): Given a hard time by the lively Nunez, and never really settled into the game.

Carlos Augusto (6/10): Solid at times, but was shrugged off the ball for Uruguay’s second.

Casemiro (4/10): Didn’t offer much in terms of creativity, and flew into tackles. Lucky to stay on the pitch.

Bruno Guimaraes (5/10): Looked to settle things down, but couldn’t really find any space in a crowded midfield.

Neymar (5/10): In and out of the action before suffering a serious injury. Will hope it’s as bad as it looked.

Rodrygo (6/10): Rattled a free-kick off the bar, and looked to make things happen. More effective in a central role when Neymar went off injured.

Gabriel Jesus (5/10): Barely involved. A frustrating night.

Vinicius Jr (6/10): Brazil’s liveliest player, and was kicked a lot for his troubles.


Richarlison (5/10): Replaced Neymar shortly before half time. Didn’t offer much.

Guilherme Arana (6/10): Gave a bit more defensive cover.

David Neres (5/10): A few nice touches in deep areas.

Raphael Veiga (N/A): No time to make an impact.

Matheus Cunha (N/A):

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