World Cup Ratings: Jesus, Sterling fail to meet expectations

We take a look a how some of the biggest players of the remaining eight teams in FIFA World Cup 2018 have performed in the biggest stage of world football.

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No Spain, Argentina, Portugal or Germany in the mix and the FIFA World Cup has never been this open before. Nations whom no one would have given a chance two weeks back have fought against all odds to make it to the quarter-finals, branding Russia 2018 as the ‘World Cup of the Underdogs’.

The eight remaining teams boast of a number of players who were chosen in the squads due to their individual talents and had high expectations riding on them. While some have lived up to their billing, some have failed to maintain their standards. Uruguay captain Diego Godin, considered to be one of the best defenders in the world, has been a rock-solid presence in their defence, which has leaked only one goal until now. On the other hand, England captain Harry Kane has been at his lethal best in this edition, already scoring six times in just three encounters.

However, the ones who have disappointed the most until now are Brazil’s Gabriel Jesus and England’s Raheem Sterling. The Manchester City starlets had an exemplary season with the current Premier League champions, but failed to replicate the same at Russia. Both of them only has a single assist as a proof of their contribution thus far, and really need to up their game if they want to take their nations to the next round. Now with the World Cup entering its business end, we will be waiting to see how these youngsters manage to turn the tables on their opponents.

Here’s a look at the top players from the eight squads and their individual ratings, based on on-field performances.

URUGUAY vs FRANCE

Player

Country

Ratings

Diego Godin

Uruguay

9

Luis Suarez

Uruguay

7

Edinson Cavani

Uruguay

8

Paul Pogba

France

7

N’Golo Kante

France

7

Antoine Griezmann

France

8

BRAZIL vs BELGIUM

Player

Country

Ratings

Neymar Jr

Brazil

8.5

Philippe Coutinho

Brazil

8

Gabriel Jesus

Brazil

6

Thibaut Courtois

Belgium

7

Kevin de Bruyne

Belgium

7.5

Eden Hazard

Belgium

8

SWEDEN vs ENGLAND

Player

Country

Ratings

Robin Olsen

Sweden

8

Emil Forsberg

Sweden

7

Sebastian Larsson

Sweden

7

Harry Kane

England

9

Raheem Sterling

England

6

Jordan Pickford

England

8

RUSSIA vs CROATIA

Player

Country

Ratings

Igor Akinfeev

Russia

8.5

Denis Cheryshev

Russia

7.5

Aleksandr Golovin

Russia

7.5

Luka Modric

Croatia

8.5

Ivan Rakitic

Croatia

8

Mario Mandzukic

Croatia

7

Words: Sportz Interactive

Images: PA

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