Tracking Manchester City Player Performance in World Cup Knockout Stage

Mark Jones@@Mark_Jones86Featured ColumnistJune 29, 2014

Tracking Manchester City Player Performance in World Cup Knockout Stage

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    Five of the 11 Manchester City players who started this World Cup have already gone home, leaving six to contest the knockout stages.

    For Joe Hart, James Milner, David Silva, Yaya Toure and Edin Dzeko, the remainder of the tournament will exist simply on their television screens, whilst their club teammates battle it out for their countries.

    Brazil's Fernandinho, Belgium's Vincent Kompany, France's new City signing Bacary Sagna and the Argentina trio of Pablo Zabaleta, Martin Demichelis and Sergio Aguero all remain at the tournament, but how will they fare?

    Using stats from, we'll track the performance of the City players as they attempt to go all the way to the final. 

Fernandinho vs. Chile

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    Minutes played: 72

    Passing accuracy: 83 percent

    Shots: 1

    Fouls: 6

    Blocks: 5

    Preferred to Tottenham's Paulinho in the centre of Brazil's midfield, Fernandinho delivered a typically all-action display, which included him looking to cover every blade of grass on the pitch as he sought to close down his Chilean opponents.

    Perhaps gaining some leniency from Premier League referee Howard Webb, Fernandinho was very fortunate not to be booked in Belo Horizonte, where he was replaced after 72 minutes by Chelsea's Ramires after running himself into the ground.

    Brazil went on to win a dramatic penalty shootout, booking their place in the quarter-finals and keeping the host nation's World Cup dream alive. 

Pablo Zabaleta vs. Switzerland

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    Minutes played: 120

    Passing accuracy: 94 percent

    Crosses: 3

    Clearances: 4

    Blocks: 2

    Argentina edged into the quarter-finals at Switzerland's expense as Angel di Maria struck a late extra-time winner in Sao Paulo.

    Pablo Zabaleta played for the full 120 minutes as the South Americans squeezed into the last eight, always offering himself as an outlet on the right flank and getting forward to support attacks when he had to.

Vincent Kompany vs. Belgium

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    Minutes played: 120

    Passing accuracy: 85 percent

    Shots: 2

    Clearances: 5

    Blocks: 1

    Vincent Kompany's Belgium survived a huge scare against a dogged USA in Salvador, where the European side won 2-1 in extra-time to eliminate their brave opponents.

    Captain Kompany had two efforts at the impressive Tim Howard's goal, but it was extra-time strikes from Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku which proved crucial for his side, with Julian Green pulling a goal back for the US.

Fernandinho vs. Colombia

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    Minutes played: 90

    Passing accuracy: 91%

    Shots: 1

    Fouls: 4

    Clearances: 4

    Fernandinho was crucial as the host nation stemmed the tide of the vibrant Colombians and eventually progressed to the last four.

    Stationed in the deeper lying central midfield position following the suspension of Luiz Gustavo, Fernandinho helped close down the impressive James Rodriguez as Brazil won the vital midfield battles on the way to their emotional 2-1 victory.

    From being on the fringes of the team when the tournament started, the City man has now become a key player for Luiz Felipe Scolari.

Pablo Zabaleta vs. Belgium

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    Minutes played: 90

    Passing accuracy: 86 percent

    Crosses: 1

    Clearances: 5

    Interceptions: 2

    Pablo Zabaleta once again completed the whole game for Argentina as they beat Belgium in the quarter-finals, with the right-back again turning in a composed, confident display often in the face of Belgium's direct approach.

    The City man did what he had to do with a minimum of fuss, getting forward to support attacks and keeping Eden Hazard, one of Belgium's dangermen, in check throughout the game.

Martin Demichelis vs. Belgium

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    Minutes played: 90

    Passing accuracy: 83 percent

    Clearances: 6

    Interceptions: 2

    Martin Demichelis made his first appearance of the competition as Argentina edged past Belgium in Brasilia.

    The veteran City centre-back handled the threat of young forward Divock Origi very well alongside his partner Ezequiel Garay at the back, and it'll be interesting to see if coach Alejandro Sabella sticks with him for the semi-final.

Vincent Kompany vs. Argentina

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    Minutes played: 90

    Passing accuracy: 84 percent

    Shots: 1

    Clearances: 3

    Blocks: 1

    Vincent Kompany and Belgium exited the tournament following the 1-0 loss to Argentina, but the European side pushed the South Americans all the way.

    The City and Belgium skipper did well to block an Angel di Maria effort in the first half, and was impressive in his attempts to stop Lioenl Messi and co on what became a disappointing afternoon.

Fernandinho vs. Germany

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    Minutes played: 45

    Pass completion: 76 percent

    Blocks: 2

    Interceptions: 1

    City's Fernandinho was withdrawn after 45 minutes as hosts Brazil experienced surely the worst night in their footballing history as they were humiliated by Germany in the semi-final.

    Fernandinho carelessly gave the ball away in the build-up to Germany's fourth goal scored by Toni Kroos, and he was replaced by Tottenham's Paulinho at half-time with his team sensationally 5-0 down. 


Martin Demichelis vs. Netherlands

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    Minutes played: 120

    Passing accuracy: 94 percent

    Clearances: 7

    Interceptions: 8

    Martin Demichelis kept his place at the heart of the Argentina defence as the South Americans made it to the final with a penalty shootout victory over the Netherlands in Sao Paulo.

    Many felt that Demichelis would be troubled by the pace of Arjen Robben and potency of Robin van Persie, but he showcased all of his admirable qualities in dealing with the pair as a tense, tactical game ended goalless before the drama of penalties.

Pablo Zabaleta vs. Netherlands

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    Minutes played: 120

    Passing accuracy: 73 percent

    Crosses: 1

    Clearances: 4

    Interceptions: 1

    Full-back Pablo Zabaleta kept us his record of having played in every minute of Argentina's campaign so far as his side scraped through on penalties against the Netherlands, as not even a knock to the head sustained following an accidental collision with Dirk Kuyt could force him off the field.

    Zabaleta again offered attacking support down the right flank whilst also defending solidly, as his side reached their first final in 24 years.

Sergio Aguero vs. Netherlands

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    Minutes played: 38

    Passing accuracy: 82 percent

    Blocks: 1

    Scored in penalty shootout

    Sergio Aguero emerged from the bench late on in normal time after missing Argentina's last two matches with injury, and whilst he had little to no effect on the match in extra-time, he played a crucial role in the penalty shootout.

    Aguero scored Argentina's crucial third penalty after Wesley Sneijder had missed the Netherlands' second, with Maxi Rodriguez then on hand to fire home the winner and put the South Americans in the final.