Confederations Cup: Russia 0-1 Portugal Player Ratings

Russia

(1) Igor Akinfeev6.5 Hesitated to come out to intercept the cross that led up to Ronaldo’s goal, and could have arguably done better to stop the header too. Made a wonderful save from an André Silva shot and stopped a long-distance curler from Cédric.

(3) Roman Shishkin5.0 Given plenty of work to do from Portugal’s left sided players. Not a factor going forward. Subbed off at half time.

(6) Georgi Dijkia6.0 Could have easily been sent off late in the game for kicking Pepe, but got off with a yellow. Did well to limit André Silva’s chances, but lost one crucial aerial battle that almost led to a goal. Almost equalized in added time.

(5) Viktor Vasin5.5 Found it difficult to keep up with Cristiano Ronaldo’s movement. Often found wrong-footed when defending against him one-on-one.

(13) Fedor Kudryashov4.5 Was found in no man’s land for Ronaldo’s opener,  as he misjudged his header. He was beaten by André Silva later on as well, which almost led to Ronaldo’s second. Didn’t do enough to help out Kombarov in dealing with Bernardo Silva.

(23) Dmitry Kombarov5.0 Had a nightmare against the silky Bernardo Silva. Many of Portugal’s chances came from his side. He was caught way too high up the pitch time after time, even though he didn’t really offer much going forward.

(19) Alexander Samedov6.0 Didn’t have the same impact he had against New Zealand. Had to do a lot more defending, as his attacking threat was severely reduced.

(8) Denis Glushakov6.5 He was another player that couldn’t continue his good form from the New Zealand game. Tried to find pockets in between Portugal’s midfield and defense, but was nulled out by Carvalho and Adrien Silva most of the time.

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Denis Glushakov tried to get past William Carvalho.

(17) Aleksandr Golovin7.5 Russia’s best player today. His passing was good and he tried to offer an attacking option. Grew into the game in the second half, as he was more comfortable with Erokhin by his side.

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Aleksandr Golovin and Adrien Silva fight for the ball.

(18) Yuri Zhirkov6.5 Even though he was a left winger on the sheet, he spent a lot of time dealing with the likes of Cédric and Bernardo Silva in defense. Ran a lot, but was unable to make something happen going forward.

(9) Fedor Smolov6.0 He really wanted to get on the scoresheet, sometimes a little too much. Found himself wide a little too many times, and wasted a chance near the end of the game with a shot from outside the box. A frustrating game for him as he didn’t get enough support in attack.

Subs:

(21) Aleksandr Erokhin7.0 Russia were better with him on the pitch, simple as that. Offered support for his forwards, and did well to deal with Portugal’s strong midfield. Golovin’s game was better with him on the pitch too.

(7) Dmitri Poloz5.5 Left off the starting eleven, which came as a surprise to me. When he did get on, though, he couldn’t do much to break the Portuguese defense.

(11) Alexander Bukharov: Not enough playing time/impact for a rating.

Portugal

(1) Rui Patricio6.5 Had very little to do throughout the game. And by very little, I mean 0 saves, as none of Russia’s shots found the target. A little shaky with a clearance near the end, but commanded the box well otherwise.

(21) Cédric Soares8.0 Yet another great game for the Southampton defender following his performance against Mexico. Provided a real threat going forward, and was never really in trouble in defense. Unlucky not to get an assist after a great cross for André Silva.

(2) Bruno Alves7.5 The new Rangers signing barely put a foot wrong, helping Pepe out with dealing with Smolov. Wasn’t really affected in the last few minutes either, as Russia added two more strikers on the pitch.

(3) Pepe8.0 Pepe continued being a standout player for Portugal. He was incredibly solid throughout the 90 minutes, putting in interceptions and tackles, as well as playing well from the back. His only bad moment came at the very end as he lost an important aerial battle, but that proved to be an insignificant moment.

(5) Raphaël Guerreiro7.5 His cross for Ronaldo was a work of art, simple as that. He was solid defensively, but once again, did have a moment of insecurity with a clearance in the second half. Taken off after suffering an injury in the 66th minute.

(10) Bernardo Silva8.5 (Man of the Match) After not making an appearance in the first game, he really needed to make an impact today. And that was exactly what he did. He ran the show, initially on the right flank, before moving to the left, centrally, and then back to the right throughout the game. It’s difficult to see him getting benched again.

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Bernardo Silva dribbles past Dmitry Kombarov.

(14) William Carvalho7.0 He’s a pretty slow player, which hindered his performance at times. However, he provided good cover for his defense, and did well to limit the impact of the Russian midfielders. Even tried to go forward at times, but that wasn’t very successful.

(23) Adrien Silva7.5 He took Moutinho’s spot in the center of the park and made it his own. Did well to transform defense into attack for Portugal, with good passing and great movement.

(15) André Gomes6.5 An improvement from his performance against Mexico, but not an outstanding one. Did well to hold on to the ball, but often had no idea what to do with it. It’ll be interesting to see if Santos sticks with him in that wide position.

(9) André Silva: 6.5 Almost invisible in the first half, but even so, almost provided an assist for Ronaldo. Had one really good chance in the second, but Akinfeev’s great save stopped his shot. Subbed off in the 78th minute.

(7) Cristiano Ronaldo7.5 Did what he does best, opening the scoring with a great header, that’s now becoming somewhat of a trademark for him. Was in search of a second the entire game, but was denied, first by Akinfeev, and later by his own right foot, as he skied a shot from just outside the box.

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Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his goal with his teammates.

Subs:

(19) Eliseu6.5 Didn’t quite have Guerreiro’s impact going forward, but was solid defensively.

(18) Gelson Martins and (13) Danilo Pereira: Not enough playing time/impact for a rating.

*All photos courtesy of FIFA.com*

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