World Cup Player Ratings: Nikica Jelavic vs. Brazil

Nikica Jelavic, courtesy of Getty Images

Former Rangers forward Nikica Jelavic started as the lone forward for Croatia in their controversial 3-1 loss to hosts Brazil.  It was Jelavic’s flub that actually led to the own goal by Marcelo that nearly blew up Twitter.

Here are his player ratings from various sources:

Matt Lawton, The Daily Mail

6 – Probably should have done better with the finish that ended up bouncing in off Marcelo but battled well as the lone striker.

Jeremy Wilson, The Telegraph

6 – Led the line with strength and purpose but lacked the pace to fully exploit the obvious weaknesses in Brazil’s defence.  Missed attempted shot completely in the build-up to Croatia’s fortuitous opener.

Jerrad Peters, Bleacher Report

6 – At the half, he had two shots so far, but only received the ball 12 times.  In the second half, he became visibly frustrated at times with the lack of service.

Adam Pretty, Getty Images

1.5 stars out of 5 – Barely a sniff on goal with Croatia struggling in possession, he was a passenger for the most part.

Trevor Murray, The Sport Review

5 Didn’t have the best display in a Croatia shirt and will be eager to improve for their next outing.


Jelavic ended up with two shot attempts, with one being on target.  He committed two fouls while earning zero fouls against.

  • How would you rate Jelavic’s performance vs. Brazil?
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