WORLD CUP – Team of the Group stages
We have come up with a I to XI of who we think have been standout performers during the group stages of the World Cup. Some may agree with us and others may not – but hey, that is the fun part in this exercise because everyone has an opinion right?
There are a few of the usual suspects in our starting line-up while we have also plucked out one or two dark horses as well.
TEAM OF GROUP STAGES
HARRY KANE – leads all goal scorers heading into the knockout rounds with five.
ROMELU LUKAKU – has four goals in two matches and is a vital part of Belgium’s claims for a first World Cup.
CRISTIANO RONALDO – has been the ‘go to’ man for the European champions and has delivered – most of the time, except for when he missed that penalty against Iran.
CRISTIAN ERIKSEN – has covered more distance (36km) than any other player in the tournament so far. Scored a cracker against Australia too.
PHILLIPE COUTINHO – appears to be Brazil’s best performer so far in their three matches to date. Scored a customary goal from outside the box against Switzerland.
LUKA MODRIC – is one of the main reasons Croatia swept their group. Has dominated the midfield in all three matches he’s played so far and scored a ripper against Argentina.
DEJAN LOVREN – has had his critics in clubland but what a rock he has been for the Croatians in the group stages.
DIEGO GODIN – Uruguay is the only team not to concede a goal at the tournament and this guy is one of the main reasons why.
LUDWIG AUGUSTINSSON – bagged a goal against Mexico and been a big part in the Swedes getting out of the group stages.
BENJAMIN PAVARD – the young Frenchman has been solid at the back and created a few headaches for his opponents so far throughout the early rounds.
GULLERMO OCHOA – yes, his Mexican team conceded three goals in their loss to Sweden but he still pulled off 17 saves in three games which is clearly the best of the shot stoppers at this tournament.