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Newcastle's Bruno Guimaraes ranked as Brazil's worst player vs Cameroon
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Newcastle's Bruno Guimaraes ranked as Brazil's worst player vs Cameroon

Newcastle United star Bruno Guimaraes made his second appearance for Brazil in the 2022 FIFA World Cup last night, but unfortunately for him, he ended up on the losing side.

The talented midfielder joined the Magpies from Lyon in January this year, and he has been sensational. He’s arguably Newcastle’s best player, but he’s clearly not high up in the pecking order for his country.

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Bruno Guimaraes ranked as Brazil’s worst player vs Cameroon

Guimaraes was an unused substitute in Brazil’s opening World Cup game against Serbia last month. He was brought on for the final 32 minutes against Switzerland earlier this week, but many expected him to start against Cameroon last night.

Brazil had already sealed qualification for the next round of the competition. It was a meaningless game for Tite’s side in many ways, and the 61-year-old was expected to make a ton of changes.

Tite did just that and Brazil fielded their second team last night, but there was still no place for Guimaraes in the side. Liverpool midfielder Fabinho and Manchester United’s Fred got the nod over the Newcastle star in the middle of the park.

Guimaraes, however, was brought on in the 55th minute. He would’ve loved to have a huge impact, but Brazilian national media outlet Globo Esporte weren’t happy with his display at all.

The 25-year-old was given a 4.5/10 rating – the worst of all the Brazilian players who played a part in the game against Cameroon last night.

The outlet wrote: “He entered full of initiative. He made a good attempt on the inside in individual play, but was unable to finish. He tried to open a good ball for Antony, but Everton Ribeiro didn’t understand. 

“He gave another good pass to Pedro in the final part of the game. He took chances from outside the area, but he got it badly. He also had a good chance at the end and took a while to complete the goal. 

“He finished dangerously with Raphinha on the right end and in the final moments missed a great chance face to face with the goalkeeper.”

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A look at his stats

In his 35 minutes on the pitch, Guimaraes had 42 touches of the ball and completed 24 of his 29 attempted passes, maintaining a passing accuracy of 83 per cent.

He lost possession of the ball on nine occasions, committed two fouls and won just two of his five attempted ground duels. The biggest reason why he has been rated so low is because of what he did – or didn’t do – in attack.

The Newcastle United star had two big chances, but he missed both of them (SofaScore). Had he found the net, he would’ve helped Brazil pick up at least a draw, but unfortunately for him, it wasn’t meant to be.

Tite will go back to his strongest XI when Brazil take on South Korea next. It will be interesting to see if Guimaraes will get another chance off the bench after his display last night.

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