Tracking Manchester City Player Performance in World Cup Group Stage

Mark JonesFeatured ColumnistJune 13, 2014

Tracking Manchester City Player Performance in World Cup Group Stage

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    With the addition of Bacary Sagna now confirmed by the club, per David Clayton, Manchester City could field a full XI of players at this summer's World Cup.

    In goal would be England's Joe Hart, who'd play behind a defence of France's Sagna, Belgium's Vincent Kompany and the Argentina pair of Martin Demichelis and Pablo Zabaleta.

    In midfield would be James Milner of England, Brazil's Fernandinho, Ivory Coast talisman Yaya Toure and Spain star David Silva, whilst upfront would be Bosnia-Herzegovina's Edin Dzeko and Argentina's Sergio Aguero.

    How will the City XI fare in the group matches in Brazil?

    Take a look at our tracker to monitor their progress:

     

    All stats taken from the FIFA.com website.

David Silva vs. Netherlands

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    Result: Spain 1 Netherlands 5

    Minutes played: 79

    Shots: 2

    Goals: 0

    Assists: 0

    Tackles: 1

    On a shockingly bad afternoon for Spain in Salvador, David Silva had more reason than most to feel upset.

    The City schemer missed a glorious chance to make it 2-0 when he ran through on goal, only to see his chip well saved by Jasper Cillessen and, just a minute later, Robin van Persie's diving header brought the Dutch level.

    Silva later saw a goal disallowed for offside, before he was replaced by Cesc Fabregas 11 minutes from time. 

Joe Hart vs. Italy

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    Result: England 1 Italy 2

    Minutes played: 90

    Saves: 1

    England suffered a disappointing defeat to Italy in Manaus, where former City forward Daniel Sturridge's equaliser was then topped by a successor in sky blue in Mario Balotelli, who headed the winner.

    Joe Hart was rarely called upon as England impressed many with their attacking approach, although he did juggle one effort from distance in the first half.

    The City stopper had no chance with either Claudio Marchisio's long-range effort in the first half or Balotelli's header in the second, and like many of his teammates he can count himself unfortunate to be on the losing side.

Yaya Toure vs. Japan

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    Result: Ivory Coast 2 Japan 1

    Minutes played: 90

    Shots: 2

    Goals: 0

    Assists: 0

    Runs into attacking third: 5

    Runs into penalty area: 3

    Yaya Toure had been somewhat of an injury doubt for the Ivory Coast for their opener against Japan in Recife, but the midfielder ended up captaining the team in place of the benched Didier Drogba and playing the whole 90 minutes.

    The Elephants came from a goal down to win 2-1 thanks to goals from Wilfried Bony and Gervinho, with Toure's trademark bursts from midfield proving vital in the turnaround.

    He was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet, whilst a break into the penalty area which was halted by a Maya Yoshida challenge saw him unfortunate not to be awarded a penalty.

     

Pablo Zabaleta vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina

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    Result: Argentina 2 Bosnia-Herzegovina 1

    Minutes played: 90

    Runs into attacking third: 4

    Runs into penalty area: 1

    Tackles: 1

    City's reliable right-back Pablo Zabaleta performs the same role for his country, and he was on hand to help Argentina to their workmanlike 2-1 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina at the Maracana, where Lionel Messi struck what proved to be the winner.

    The South Americans had to dig deep to secure the win, and they were helped in that effort by Zabaleta, who won a tackle and made several forward runs to provide an outlet for his team.

Sergio Aguero vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina

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    Result: Argentina 2 Bosnia-Herzegovina 1

    Minutes played: 88

    Shots: 3

    Goals: 0

    Assists: 0

    Solo runs into attacking third: 1

    Solo runs into penalty area: 1

    Starting upfront with his childhood friend Messi, Sergio Aguero was part of the Argentina attack which were tipped by many to blow away Bosnia-Herzegovina in Rio.

    That never quite happened despite three efforts on goal for the City man in the second half, with the forward replaced by Lucas Biglia with two minutes remaining.

Edin Dzeko vs. Argentina

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    Result: Argentina 2 Bosnia-Herzegovina 1

    Minutes played: 90

    Shots: 1

    Goals: 0

    Assists: 0

    Offsides: 1

    Solo runs into attacking third: 4

    Solo runs into penalty area: 0

    This was a frustrating evening for Bosnia-Herzegovina's main man Edin Dzeko, who came up against a strong and determined Argentina defence which did well to keep out their opposition until substitute Vedad Ibisevic's late strike.

    Dzeko had his one and only effort on goal in the first half and was caught offside once in the second, but he'll expect better from the remaining group matches against Nigeria and Iran.

Vincent Kompany vs. Algeria

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    Result: Belgium 2 Algeria 1

    Minutes played: 90

    Clearances: 3

    Solo runs into attacking third: 9

    Tackles: 0

    Belgium faced a trickier task than expected against a committed Algeria outfit, but Vincent Kompany was able to hold things together at the back after Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen conceded the penalty which put the African side ahead.

    Kompany was often seen brining the ball out of defence and managed to get through the whole match without making a tackle, as strikes from substitutes Marouane Fellaini and Dries Mertens in the final 20 minutes turned the tables to earn the Belgians a win.

David Silva vs. Chile

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    Result: Spain 0 Chile 2

    Minutes played: 90

    Shots: 0

    Goals: 0

    Runs into attacking third: 9

    Delivery/runs into penalty area: 2

    Spain's miserable World Cup continued in the Maracana, as their defeat to Chile led to the holders being eliminated.

    Silva played the full 90 minutes as the Spaniards slipped to a 2-0 defeat courtesy of two first half strikes from the South Americans, with the City midfielder's attempts to inspire his side failing to deliver anything.

     

Yaya Toure vs. Colombia

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    Result: Colombia 2 Ivory Coast 1

    Minutes played: 90

    Shots: 4

    Goals: 0

    Assists: 0

    Runs/deliveries into attacking third: 9

    Runs/deliveries into penalty area: 1

    A disappointing day for Yaya Toure's Ivory Coast in Brasilia, where they lost 2-1 to a vibrant Colombia side.

    Skipper Toure did more than most to try and reverse the tide for his side, with all four of his efforts on goal coming in the second half, but the Elephants only had a Gervinho consolation to show for their efforts after James Rodriguez and Juan Quintero had given the South Americans a two-goal lead.

Joe Hart vs. Uruguay

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    Result: Uruguay 2 England 1

    Minutes played: 90

    Saves: 3

    Luis Suarez shot down England in Sao Paulo, where the Liverpool forward's brace put Joe Hart's Three Lions in serious trouble.

    Hart was given little chance with either goal as he was left exposed by a weak defence in front of him, with Suarez heading home the opener from an Edinson Cavani cross before grabbing his second five minutes from time.

    Hart made three saves in the contest, two of which came in the first half, but it is a match he'll hope to forget in a hurry.

Pablo Zabaleta vs. Iran

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    Result: Argentina 1 Iran 0

    Minutes played: 90

    Shots: 1

    Delivery/runs into attacking third: 9

    Argentina rode their luck before beating Iran 1-0 thanks to a fine late strike from Lionel Messi, with Pablo Zabaleta heavily involved in what was at times a compelling contest.

    The City full-back came close to scoring with a fine effort which passed just wide, whilst he was also fortunate to escape with not giving away a penalty after tangling with Ashkan Dejagah in the box.

Sergio Aguero vs. Iran

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    Result: Argentina 1 Iran 0

    Minutes played: 79

    Shots: 1

    Delivery/runs into attacking third: 1

    Delivery/runs into penalty area: 1

    It was frustrating afternoon in Belo Horizonte for Sergio Aguero, who failed to make a real impact on the match as Argentina were ultimately saved by their skipper Messi.

    Aguero had one effort at goal but he was far too often crowded out by a determined Iranian defence, such as in the picture above.

Edin Dzeko vs. Nigeria

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    Result: Nigeria 1 Bosnia-Herzegovina 0 

    Minutes played: 90

    Shots: 7

    Goals: 0

    Assists: 0

    Offsides: 1

    Delivery/solo runs into attacking third: 3

    Solo runs into penalty area: 1

    This was an evening to forget for Dzeko, as he missed a great late chance in Bosnia-Herzegovina's 1-0 loss in Cuiaba which led to their elimination from the tournament after just two matches.

    Dzeko was unfortunate to see his first half effort ruled out for offside when he appeared to be on, whilst his night to forget was compounded by his scuffed last minute effort which could have kept his side in the tournament, only for his shot to be pushed onto the post by Vincent Enyeama.

Vincent Kompany vs. Russia

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    Result: Belgium 1 Russia 0

    Minutes played: 90

    Clearances: 3

    Delivery/solo runs into attacking third: 1

    Fouls committed: 1

    In what was a disappointing game in Rio, Belgium needed a late winner from substitute Divock Origi to beat a stubborn and defensively-minded Russia.

    Kompany played for the full 90 minutes and largely kept the Russians at bay, making three clearances and committing one foul. 

David Silva vs. Australia

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    Result: Australia 0 Spain 3

    Minutes played: 7

    David Silva came on for Xabi Alonso for the final seven minutes of the 3-0 win over Australia in Curitiba as the holders' dismal World Cup experience came to an end.

    The Manchester City man will doubtless now be looking forward to a new era for national side following the disappointment in Brazil.

Fernandinho vs. Cameroon

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    Result: Cameroon Brazil 4

    Minutes played: 45

    Shots: 1

    Goals: 1

    Fernandinho made his first appearance of the World Cup at half-time of Brazil's game with Cameroon, and he scored the first Manchester City goal of the tournament when he rounded off a fine move with six minutes remaining.

    It was a crucial strike for the hosts, who secured top spot in Group A and a second round clash with Chile, where Fernandinho could start.

James Milner vs. Costa Rica

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    Result: Costa Rica 0 England 0

    Minutes played: 76

    Shots: 0

    Chances created: 1

    Interceptions: 3

    James Milner made his first and last appearance at the World Cup as England's dismal campaign came to an end with a goalless draw against Costa Rica in Belo Horizonte.

    Typically, Milner worked hard in what was an attritional game, before he was replaced by Wayne Rooney with 14 minutes to go. 

Yaya Toure vs. Greece

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    Result: Greece 2 Ivory Coast 1

    Minutes played: 90

    Shots: 3

    Chances created: 4

    Pass completion: 92%

    The Ivory Coast's World Cup ended in dramatic fashion as a last gasp penalty from Greece's Georgios Samaras knocked them out.

    Typically, Yaya Toure was at the centre of all of the African side's efforts to try and go through, but his three efforts on goal all came to nothing as he looked to try and inspire his side.

     

Sergio Aguero vs. Nigeria

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    Result: Nigeria 2 Argentina 3

    Minutes played: 38

    Shots: 1

    Passing accuracy: 80%

    Sergio Aguero endured a frustrating afternoon in Porto Alegre, where he was forced to leave the field after just 38 minutes with an injury having produced just one effort at goal.

    Aguero was replaced by Ezequiel Lavezzi as Argentina went on to win the match 3-2, and we have updates on the forwards condition here

Pablo Zabaleta vs. Nigeria

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    Result: Nigeria 2 Argentina 3

    Minutes played: 90

    Interceptions: 3

    Blocks: 2

    Clearances: 2

    Pablo Zabaleta made a crucial block on two-goal Ahmed Musa as Nigeria looked to make it 3-3 in what was a fantastic game in Porto Alegre.

    The full back was crucial to his side's performance as he always offered himself as an outlet down the right flank and frequently joined in with attacks. He'll be crucial as his team bid to go all the way.

Edin Dzeko vs. Iran

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    Result: Bosnia-Herzegovina 3 Iran 1

    Minutes played: 84

    Goals: 1

    Shots: 4

    Edin Dzeko scored only Manchester City's second goal of this World Cup as Bosnia-Herzegovina exited with a victory over Iran.

    Dzeko struck with a low strike which went in off the post just 23 minutes into a match in which he had four shots before being replaced six minutes from time.

Bacary Sagna vs. Ecuador

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    Result: Ecuador 0 France 0

    Clearances: 5

    Interceptions: 3

    Crosses: 7

    Chances created: 2

    New City signing Bacary Sagna made his first appearance of the tournament as France drew 0-0 with Ecuador in Rio, where Manchester United's Antonio Valencia was sent off for the South Americans.

    The result ensured that the French top the group, and Sagna turned in a composed display as he bids to take the regular right-back slot off Mathieu Debuchy.