June 17, 2014; Fortazela, BRAZIL; Mexico player Oribe Peralta battles for the ball with Brazil player Oscar during the 2014 World Cup at Estadio Castelao. Mandatory Credit: Tim Groothuis/Witters Sport via USA TODAY Sports

Chelsea FC: Oscar, Ramires, Willian feature For Brazil in Mexico Draw

Chelsea FC midfielders Oscar and Ramires featured in the starting XI for Luiz Felipe Scolari’s Brazil side today against Mexico in their World Cup Group A match at the Estádio Castelão in Fortaleza. Mexico and Brazil were tied at the top of Group A coming into this match as both teams won their opening matches of this 2014 World Cup against Cameroon and Croatia respectively.

Ramires started the match but only lasted til halftime, the midfielder was not very involved playing wide of midfield, although he did complete the majority of his passes. He was replaced for the 2nd half by Bernard after a dangerous and necessary tackle on Aguilar earned him a yellow card, something that should not surprise many Chelsea supporters.

While Oscar was a key in midfield today he was not near as effective at cutting through the Mexican defense as he was against Croatia, where he was easily the man of the match. Today the young No. 11 was effective at passing and moving through the neutral part of midfield, but markedly less effective in the attacking third of the pitch as Brazil sought to crack the Mexican defense and sneak a goal past a brilliant Guillermo Ochoa for Mexico. Oscars crossing into the box produced on chance, but the chance was not converted by the Brazilians who seem to lack a true No.9.

Defensively Oscar was brilliant, winning all 8 of his attempted tackles, 7 in the defensive zone. His work rate was excellent, as per usual, but Mexico as a whole was difficult to crack tonight.

Oscar was replaced in the 83rd minute by Chelsea teammate Willian, who looked to use his athleticism as a game changer late on for the home side. Willian added some pace to the side when he came on, and completed some key passes and created some half chances, however nothing was going to slip past Mexico and their stellar keeper Guillermo Ochoa today.

In the end both sides had to settle for a point, keeping them both level atop Group A, with Brazil just ahead on goal differential.

For Chelsea supporters it was good to see Oscar and Willian play well and contribute to the side, but was another poor showing from Ramires. Hopefully he can turn it around and play a successful and competent role for both club and country in the near future.

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  • Oscar Khan Baloch

    dude i thought Ramires played well on the right side.. with Ramires brazil as whole looked solid but he was subbed off (due to that early yellow card) brazil in 2nd half looked shaky. paulinho-marcelo-fred-jo were really poor, and neymar is not a team player.. ur criticism of Ramires is well off the context.

    • http://sportstalkwithcoach.wordpress.com/ Taylor Anderson

      They did look a bit better with Ramires on, my point was more that he made more dangerous and foolhardy decisions that ended up hurting Brazil as a team, much as he did often last season at Chelsea. He made numerous poor decisions that ended up in a card being shown, losing possession in a dangerous area, or creating a scoring chance for the opposing team.

      I like Ramires as a player, i’d just like him to make better decisions on the pitch.