Tracking Real Madrid Player Performances in the World Cup Knockout Stage

Samuel MarsdenFeatured ColumnistJune 29, 2014

Tracking Real Madrid Player Performances in the World Cup Knockout Stage

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    In total, 12 Real Madrid players went to Brazil to represent their countries at the World Cup, but only five made it out of the group stages.

    Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso's Spain were eliminated, along with Luka Modric's Croatia.

    Meanwhile, a Portugal side featuring Pepe, Fabio Coentrao and Cristiano Ronaldo also failed to extend their stay in South America.

    Marcelo (Brazil), Karim Benzema, Raphael Varane (both France), Angel di Maria (Argentina) and Sami Khedira (Germany) are still flying the Los Blancos flag, though.

    The following slides will update you on their progress.

     

    Statistics courtesy of WhoScored.com

Marcelo

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    Game: Brazil's 2-1 win over Colombia

    Minutes played: 90 (at left-back)

    Touches: 56 (Neymar, with 64, had the most on the Brazilian side)

    Shots: 2

    Tackles: 4 (3 interceptions and 4 clearances)

    Pass completion: 87 percent of 31 attempted

    Marcelo kept up his record of appearing in every minute of every game at this summer's World Cup as Brazil progressed to the semifinals of their home tournament.

    Goals from Thiago Silva and David Luiz helped them beat Colombia 2-1.

    The Real Madrid left-back was his usually, lively self, demonstrating plenty of energy as he tore up and down the left flank.

    Meanwhile, on the right, Dani Alves was dropped for Maicon.

    Next up? Germany on Tuesday.

     

Sami Khedira

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    Game: Germany's 1-0 win over France

    Minutes played: 90 (as a central midfielder)

    Touches: 43 (Philipp Lahm, with 88, had the most on the German side)

    Shots: 0

    Tackles: 1 (2 clearances)

    Pass completion: 77 percent of 35 attempted

    Sami Khedira returned to the German line-up and helped them into the semifinals at the expense of France.

    The 27-year-old's performance wasn't pretty, but it was effective as he regularly broke up counter-attacks from a young, exciting French side.

    He's done well in Brazil so far considering he nearly didn't make the World Cup due to injury.

Raphael Varane

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    Game: France's 1-0 defeat to Germany

    Minutes played: 90 (as a central defender)

    Touches: 59 (Patrice Evra, with 71, had the most on the French side)

    Shots: 1 (1 on target)

    Tackles: 0 (2 interceptions and 6 clearances)

    Pass completion: 91 percent of 46 attempted

    You'd imagine Raphael Varane will be one of the main benefactors from France's World Cup run to the quarterfinals.

    The Real Madrid defender has been a regular in Didier Deschamps's side at the age of 21.

    Unfortunately he could be blamed for losing Mats Hummels for the goal here, although there was also a hint of a foul on the young defender.

Karim Benzema

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    Game: France's 1-0 defeat to Germany

    Minutes played: 90 (as a forward)

    Touches: 28 (Patrice Evra, with 71, had the most on the French side)

    Shots: 7 (2 on target)

    Tackles: 1

    Pass completion: 92 percent of 12 attempted

    Karim Benzema tried not to be too downbeat as France were eliminated from the World Cup by Germany in the quarterfinals.

    “I’m happy about getting so far. I’m young and I can play in another World Cup,” AS reported the striker as saying after the match. 

    The 26-year-old could have kept his country in the tournament though.

    He had several good chances during the match, with the one of the better ones being dramatically punched away by Manuel Neuer in second half stoppage-time.

Angel Di Maria

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    Game: Argentina's 1-0 win over Switzerland

    Minutes played: 120 (in midfield)

    Touches: 125 (no player had more on the Argentine side)

    Shots: 12 (3 on target)

    Tackles: 0

    Pass completion: 63 percent of 57 attempted

    Angel Di Maria disappointed for large parts of Argentina's laboured win over Switzerland, but came alive in extra-time to score the goal which sent the Albicelste into the last eight.

    Collecting a Lionel Messi pass, the Madrid man cushioned the ball into the bottom corner with the clock ticking towards penalties.

    He reeled away and copied Gareth Bale's trademark celebration.

    While social media may have deemed his performance disappointing until that point, he can't be accused of a lack of effort.

    Di Maria managed 12 shots during the 120 minutes, and moments before scoring the winner he had threatened to break the deadlock with a stinging shot from distance.

Sami Khedira

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    Game: Germany's 2-1 win against Algeria

    Minutes played: 50 (in midfield)

    Touches: 48 (Toni Kroos, with 135, had the most on the German side)

    Shots: 0

    Tackles: 1

    Pass completion: 90 percent of 41 attempted

    Sami Khedria came off the bench to play the final 20 minutes of Germany's 0-0 draw with Algeria, going onto play another 30 minutes as the German's clinched a 2-1 win after extra-time.

    After playing the full game in the opener against Portugal, Khedira's role for his country has reduced.

    He played 70 minutes in the draw with Ghana and wasn't even used in the final group game with USA.

    With Germany heading into the quarterfinals though, the Real Madrid midfielder still has a role to play at the World Cup.

     

Raphael Varane

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    Game: France's 2-0 win over Nigeria

    Minutes played: 90 (at centre-back)

    Touches: 47 (Mathieu Valbuena, with 86, had the most on the French side)

    Shots: 0

    Tackles: 2 (and 7 clearances)

    Pass completion: 90 percent of 30 attempted

    Raphael Varane completed his third full match of the World Cup.

    Pretty impressive for a 21-year-old.

    There are few better young defenders in the world and, while he wasn't a stand-out performer against Nigeria by any means, the Real Madrid player once again displayed a maturity which belies his years.

     

Karim Benzema

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    Game: France's 2-0 win over Nigeria

    Minutes played: 90 (started on the left, later moved central)

    Touches: 43 (Mathieu Valbuena, with 86, had the most on the French side)

    Shots: 3 (2 on target)

    Tackles: 0

    Pass completion: 74 percent of 27 attempted

    This wasn't Karim Benzema's best game of the World Cup to date, but he won't mind as France progressed into the quarterfinals anyway.

    Didier Deschamps started the Real Madrid man on the left, but it was only once he moved him into the middle that his performance improved.

    The one particularly good chance he did have was well saved by Vincent Enyeama in the Nigeria goal.

Marcelo

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    Game: Brazil's penalty shooutout win over Chile in the last 16

    Minutes played: 120 (at left-back)

    Touches: 99 (Dani Alves, with 100, had the most on the Brazilian side)

    Shots: 1 (0 on target)

    Tackles: 6 (plus 3 interceptions and 3 clearances)

    Pass completion: 75 percent of 65 attempted

    Marcelo and Brazil are still in the World Cup they are hosting, but only just.

    If Mauricio Pinilla's shot in extra time had been a fraction lower, or if Gonzalo Jara's penalty had been a fraction more to the left, Chile may have claimed a scalp on Saturday evening.

    However, they didn't.

    Real Madrid left-back Marcelo came through the whole 120 minutes, and he scored the Selecao's third penalty in the shootout after a 1-1 draw in normal time.