The Group stage of the Confederations Cup is beyond us, and the four remaining teams now approach the business end of the competition. The early stages of the contest brought a number of fascinating, engrossing clashes and football of the highest order.
There were also a series of outstanding performances from players across the spectrum of competing teams. This article profiles five of the players who have genuinely stood out from the rest during the tournament’s opening 12 fixtures.
Look for several of these players to make a sustained impact as four become one and the fate of this summer’s Confederations Cup is decided.