Neymar may have grabbed all the headlines with two goals for Brazil against Croatia in the opening match of the World Cup 2014, but Chelsea midfielder Oscar was not far behind as one of the best players in the match.
Oscar was clearly tired during Chelsea’s end of the season, but being rested appears to have brought the best in him. Playing on the right or the left of Neymar, Oscar created chances at will. He was involved in all three goals scored by Brazil in the 3-1 win. The brilliant performance was capped off with a goal towards the end.
On the downside, his first touch wasn’t exactly great and it let him down on several occasions.
Our former manager and Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari was in full praise of Oscar at the end of the match. Speaking to reporters, he said: “Neymar got man of the match, but if there was a second award it should go to Oscar.
“Our statistics after the game shows he was the one who made the most tackles, and made lots of dribbles and crosses – he was our most creative player on the right.
“He was fantastic and that’s the kind of player he is and I have always believed in him. Any doubts came from your side [the media]. His level may have dropped but I never lost belief in him.”
Brazil have a five-day rest before taking on Mexico at the Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza.