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Tracking Chelsea Player Performance in World Cup Knockout Stage

Rowanne WesthenryFeatured ColumnistJune 28, 2014

Tracking Chelsea Player Performance in World Cup Knockout Stage

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    Chelsea's representation at the 2014 World Cup has been cut from 18 players to 10. The elimination of Spain and England have made the biggest dent, but the Brazilian, Belgian and Nigerian contingents are holding fast.

    Brazil face Chile in the first knockout tie with Oscar, Willian and Ramires hoping to make an impact for the home nation. As promised in the group-stage tracker, David Luiz has been removed since his transfer to PSG has been confirmed.

    All statistics are per WhoScored.com.

Brazil 1-1 Chile (3-2 on Penalties)

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    Brazil advanced to the quarter-finals of the World Cup after a 3-2 penalty shootout win over Chile.

    Former Blue David Luiz put the home side ahead with a controversial goal before Alexis Sanchez equalised with 30 minutes gone. A further 90 minutes of football could not separate the sides, and luck was on Brazil's side in the resulting shootout.

     

    Oscar

    Minutes Played: 105

    Key Passes: 2

    Oscar was his usual versatile self in the first knockout game of the tournament.

    Against a tough Chile side, he made five tackles and three clearances to keep the scores level.

    Although he could only watch from the sidelines during the penalty shootout, his tenacity was key to Brazil's win.

     

    Willian

    Minutes Played: 15

    Penalties Scored: 0

    Willian replaced Oscar after 105 minutes when his Chelsea teammate ran out of steam.

    He completed 89 percent of his passes but choked when it came to taking the second penalty of the shootout, setting Brazilian nerves jangling needlessly. 

     

    Ramires

    Minutes Played: 40

    Fouls Committed: 3

    Ramires was also his usual self when he replaced Fernandinho on 72 minutes.

    He committed three fouls and completed 58 percent of his passes, seeing a scuffed shot slip past Claudio Bravo's post. 

Nigeria 0-2 France

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    Nigeria fell at the final hurdle against France as they conceded two goals late in the game to exit the World Cup. An error from goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama let in French starlet Paul Pogba for the first goal before Joseph Yobo sealed their defeat with an own goal right at the death.

    John Obi Mikel

    Minutes Played: 90

    Fouls Committed: 5

    MIkel did his best to control the midfield, playing six accurate long balls and two key passes. Although only one of his attempted tackles was successful and the other five conceded free kicks, his three clearances kept the Super Eagles in the game until the end.

    Victor Moses

    Minutes Played: 89

    Passing accuracy: 69 percent

    Moses was substituted with just a few minutes remaining with the worst passing accuracy of any outfield player on the pitch. He had one shot off target and made a clearance and a tackle in a disappointing individual display.

    Kenneth Omeruo

    Minutes Played: 90

    Clearances: 7

    Omeruo was Nigeria's best player despite conceding twice. He made seven clearances and four interceptions while completing more of his passes than anyone else in the starting XI at 89 percent. Omeruo has been the Super Eagles' best player throughout the tournament and has certainly made a case for himself to challenge at Stamford Bridge next season.

Germany 2-1 Algeria (AET)

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    Germany set up a quarter-final date with France as they beat Algeria 2-1 in extra time. The North African side had stood firm throughout normal time, but the Germans only needed 90 seconds after the restart to go ahead. Mesut Ozil thought he had put the game beyond doubt in the 118th minute, before Abdelmoumene Djabou gave Algeria a lifeline with less than a minute to go.

    Andre Schurrle

    Minutes Played: 75

    Goals Scored: 1

    Andre Schurrle's cheeky back-heel finish gave the Germans the advantage. Having replaced Mario Gotze at halftime, Schurrle had the most shots on goal with four of his seven attempts on target. He also made two tackles and a clearance, putting in an excellent performance across the pitch.

Belgium 2-1 USA (AET)

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    Belgium had as many shots on target as the USA did in total, yet they still needed extra time to book their date with Argentina in the quarter-final. American 'keeper Tim Howard made a tournament record number of saves before former Blue Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku scored in the first half of extra time. A Julian Green strike two minutes into the fourth quarter gave the USA a lifeline, but Chelsea's three Belgians made it through. 

    Thibaut Courtois

    Minutes Played: 120

    Saves: 4

    To say that Courtois was the less busy of the two 'keepers would me an immense understatement, but he again did well when called upon. He made four saves and made an effective clearance, although it is his opposite number who will rightly be remembered for this match.

    Eden Hazard

    Minutes Played: 111

    Key Passes: 4

    Marc Wilmots decision to withdraw Hazard after their lead had been halved was a questionable one. The Chelsea winger had completed five successful dribbles and made four key passes in his 11 minutes on the pitch, and will be crucial for Belgium's quarter-final clash with Argentina.

    Romelu Lukaku

    Minutes Played: 30

    Goals Scored: 1

    Lukaku joined the game at the beginning of extra time having been uninspiring in the group stage. His four shots on target were more than his teammates could muster, and he was rewarded with a goal on the stroke of extra time halftime. 

Germany 1-0 France

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    Germany overcame their flu crisis to beat France 1-0 in the first of the quarterfinals. A perfectly placed first-half header from Mats Hummels was enough to make the difference between the sides despite a late rally from France.

    Andre Schurrle

    Minutes Played: 20

    Shots on Target: 2

    Germany were defending their first-half lead when Andre Schurrle entered the game on 69 minutes. He had two shots on target and was unlucky not to double the lead. As well as his attacking contribution, Schurrle made two tackles and interceptions and completed 80 percent of his passes.

Brazil 2-1 Colombia

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    Colombia's failure to mark the far post gifted Thiago Silva the opening goal inside 10 minutes of this quarterfinal. Aided by a very generous referee, the hosts doubled their lead through former Blue David Luiz, before a James Rodriguez penalty made the last 20 minutes more nervous than they should have been for Brazil.

    Oscar

    Minutes Played: 90

    Tackles: 4

    Oscar played his usual role of midfield sweeper, clearing up any mess left behind by his teammates. He made two effective clearances and four tackles as well as having a shot on target. His passing was disappointing at only 78 percent, but he played an important role in the victory.

    Ramires

    Minutes Played: 10

    Clearances: 2

    Ramires had just six touches when he was brought on for Hulk on 83 minutes. He made two effective clearances and one of his two passes found its target.

    Willian

    Minutes Played: 0

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