As the 2018 World Cup powers into its final stages, Manchester City’s contingent is shrinking by the day. But which Blues will be fighting in the final four? And who missed out by the skin of their teeth? It’s time to take a look at how City’s record-breaking eleven players fared in the quarter finals…
Belgium & Brazil
In the biggest game of the tournament so far, it was always guaranteed that at least two City players would be going home. Gabriel Jesus and Fernandinho started for the favourites, but it was an unhappy first start of the competition for the latter as he headed into his own net early on. Both players had decent overall games, with Jesus unlucky not to win a penalty in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to see them through. They exit the tournament along with Ederson and Danilo.
It was a much happier game for Vincent Kompany and Kevin De Bruyne. City’s skipper was heavily involved in forcing Fernandinho’s own goal, while KDB scored Belgium’s second with a lovely rifled shot from outside the box. He was a constant threat as the newest part of Roberto Martinez’s front three, terrorising Brazil’s defence all game. Congratulations to both of City’s boys for setting up a semi-final vs France!
Raheem Sterling started for the Three Lions in their comfortable victory over Sweden, causing all sorts of problems with his pace and intelligent movement. John Stones was a rock at the back once again, keeping England’s first clean sheet of the tournament, while Kyle Walker also played the entirety of the 2-0 victory. Fabian Delph, fresh from the birth of his third daughter, came off the bench in the second half to help see out the victory. Congratulations to all four of City’s lions for reaching the semi-finals!
Benjamin Mendy was absent once again as France saw off Uruguay 2-0 to reach the last four.
We’ll be back after the final on July 15th to review how Kompany, De Bruyne, Sterling, Stones, Walker, Delph and Mendy got on in the final four games of this incredible World Cup…