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World Cup 2018: 3 players who let Brazil down 

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Modified 20 Dec 2019, 16:41 IST

#2 Gabriel Jesus

Brazil v Belgium: Quarter Final - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
Despite working tirelessly, Jesus' decision-making was frustrating to watch and proved costly

Despite occasionally displaying flashes of his individual brilliance, Gabriel Jesus was largely disappointing for Brazil at the World Cup. That's especially considering Tite chose him over Roberto Firmino as his first-choice centre-forward at the tournament. 

Working tirelessly isn't enough to warrant more than recognition for your efforts anymore, not least for a striker - whose main responsibility is to score goals. Jesus didn't net once during his five outings (407 minutes) and the Manchester City forward's decision making let him down too often when the time arose. 

It was clear from the offset that Neymar's star-studded talents meant he would be the main attraction while Jesus would be content as part of the supporting cast.

With infrequent service into his path at times, all he could do was work hard when out of possession and try to win it back, forcing opposition mistakes and the like. 

Brazil v Costa Rica: Group E - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
Jesus created his only assist and hit the woodwork against Costa Rica

However, he consistently had limited touches of the ball in matches where you'd expect him to be adventurous and look to create chances to boost his confidence with tougher opposition to come.

It just didn't happen. Whether he was focused on appeasing Neymar is a question for another day, but when it was his time to score or make a decisive contribution in the final third, he either froze or made the wrong decision. 

He ended the competition with no goals and a solitary assist to his name. Given the promising opportunities that fell onto his path, he knows he should have done more.

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Published 09 Jul 2018, 16:14 IST
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