Roja Ratings: World Cup 2014

Iker Casillas: 4

Apps/Goals: 2/0

Attracted justified criticism with a string of uncharacteristic errors against the Netherlands and Chile and was a pale shadow of the man who lifted the World Cup four years ago

Raul Albiol: 7


Not in contention for the first two games, but impressed in his first World Cup match against Australia, in partnership with Sergio Ramos

Gerard Pique: 4


Unable to establish a meaningful partnership with Sergio Ramos against the Netherlands and left too many gaps for the pacey Dutch forwards to exploit

Javi Martinez: 4


Patchy display in central defence against Chile, showing his midfield qualities at times, but was slow and unable to partner Sergio Ramos productively

Juanfran: 7


Introduced for the final group game and was solid in defence and impressive in attack. Provided David Villa with an assist for the first against Australia

Andres Iniesta: 7


Remained Spain’s most threatening attacking option and picked passes as only he can, but was ultimately let down by the team

David Villa: 8


Showed his class and experience, scoring with a neat backheel finish against Australia in what was almost certainly his last World Cup appearance

Xavi Hernandez: 5


The veteran wizard was dropped following the Netherlands debacle in which he failed to exert his usual influence on either his team or the game

Fernando Torres: 5


Took his chance well against Australia but failed to fire when in would have counted, missing two golden opportunities against the Dutch

Cesc Fabregas: 5


Had limited opportunities and looked lethargic at times, but played a great ball for Juan Mata’s third against Australia

Pedro Rodriguez: 4


Made his customary good runs and got himself into good attacking into great offensive positions, but was too often let down though by poor first touches

David De Gea: –


Unfortunate not to get a start after straining a muscle in training, but he will be in the frame as a possible successor to Casillas

Juan Mata: 7


Showed his quality with a brilliant finish against Australia in his first World Cup appearance and perhaps should have started earlier games too

Xabi Alonso: 5


Uncharacteristically undisciplined, his passing was poor and he often gave the ball away cheaply. The tournament was not his finest

Sergio Ramos: 3


Endured a torrid tournament alongside three defensive partners, unable to gel satisfactorily with any of them. Cruelly exposed by the Dutch and never recovered

Sergio Busquets: 3


Busy in midfield and a good passing success rate but won few friends by constantly feigning injury and was never at his best in closing opponents down

Koke: 7


A victim of the Coach’s conservatism, he added flair and composure when given the opportunity, especially when replacing Xabi Alonso against Chile

Jordi Alba: 6


Tried to get forward as much as possible but lacked quality at times and was too often denied the chance to get searching crosses in

Diego Costa: 3


A major disappointment, he was unable to shoulder his lone striking responsibilities and looked lost and out of touch

Santi Cazorla: 7


Lively and creative and, with his ability to unlock defences and set up chances, was perhaps unlucky not to have featured more

David Silva: 6


Might have changed the game radically had he taken his chance against the Netherlands, but tended to be tamed too easily by opponents

Cesar Azpilicueta: 5


Had an uncomfortable time against both the Netherlands and Chile, defensively suspect and largely ineffective going forward

Pepe Reina: 6


Third choice goalkeeper, he was largely a spectator in his one appearance against Australia, but made some important interceptions when needed

Coach: Vicente Del Bosque: 7

Unable to lift his side after their disastrous start and was conservative in his team selections in probably his last World Cup in charge

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