Tottenham midfielder Paulinho played for just over an hour as his Brazilian side recorded an unconvincing win in their opening World Cup group game with Croatia last night. Anyone backing Neymar for the Golden Boot would have been pleased to see the Barcelona man get off the mark with a double but how did our own man do in this tie?
Paulinho had an early, long range shot that was turned behind for a corner before our former keeper Stipe Pletikosa saved from the midfielder after the Brazilians had gone a goal down. That really was about it and although the Spurs man made some useful runs into the box, he made little in the way of a direct impact on the fixture.
Finally, with the score locked at 1-1 and Brazil desperate for a goal, Luis Felipe Scolari replaced Paulinho with Hernanes to create a more attacking central line.
Responses to the player’s performance were mixed on social media. Some say that Paulinho was completely ineffective while others underlined a criticism that has pointed towards the midfielder all season – the suggestion that he plays much better for Brazil and looks far more interested than he does for his club side.
What’s your opinion of Paulinho’s 62 minutes on Thursday night?