The group stage of the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil concluded yesterday. Few big names have delivered, few have let their team down, underdogs have done well, lots of goals scored and some stunning saves. We take a look at some of the star performers till now.
The Mexican goalkeeper is out of contract this summer, but a lot of teams will be looking for his signature after his performance against Brazil. Ochoa made a series of brilliant saves to earn Mexico a point against Brazil. He kept a clean sheet against Brazil and did enough to frustrate the hosts. Mexico conceded just one goal in group stages.
Neymar was under a lot of pressure to perform in the World Cup after an average season with Barcelona, but the 22-year-old proved once again why he is one of the best players in the world. He has scored 4 goals in the group stages helping Brazil to take the top spot in Group A. Neymar scored a brace against Croatia and Cameroon.
Thomas Mueller started his World Cup campaign with a hat-trick against Portugal. Mueller scored his fourth goal of the World Cup against United States. Mueller now has 9 goals in the World Cup and level with Brazil’s Neymar and Argentina’s Lionel Messi on four goals at the tournament.
Form is temporary, class is permanent. Messi scored the winner against Bosnia-Herzegovina in a 2-1 win. He then shattered the hopes of Iran after scoring a late winner, the only goal of the match. Messi scored a brace against Nigeria in the final group stage match. Messi helped Argentina to win all their group stage matches.
The Dutchman scored a brace in their opening fixture of the World Cup against defending champions Spain. Sergio Ramos couldn’t cope up with his pace and he left Iker Casillas guessing before scoring an exquisite goal. He then scored against Australia with a solo run from the half-way line. He then set up a goal for Memphis Depay against Chile.