While we had been producing daily reviews during the group stage, in the first knock-out round we had writers covering every match so it wasn’t necessary. You can find our ‘Round of 16’ collection here, and we’ll just take a quick look at some of the overall top performers here.
The Sergios dominated at the top of the charts; Ramos of Spain earned the most points in total, whereas Aguero of Argentina topped the points per minute ladder.
Eagle-eyed readers will have noticed something in Ramos’ dashboard – namely a penalty scored in the shootout. These go into the players’ tallies, so anyone whose side didn’t settle their tie in 120 minutes can have a bit of an advantage here.
Unless they miss that is. Right, Jordan?
Anyway, shootouts can have an impact at the back of the pitch too. Our top defensive performer was the Croatian goalkeeper, Danijel Subasic.
However, while he saved three spot kicks, it wasn’t just those which helped him to amass so many points. If you click on the different red octagons, you will there were punches, catches and aerial duels in there too. The penalty saves obviously take the headlines, but it was a good all round performance by the Croatian #1.
Our top attacking performer has not been widely praised for his efforts in the last 16.
Isco made 132 passes tonight. Twelve of them went forwards.
— Jonathan Liew (@jonathanliew) July 1, 2018
Yep, it’s Isco. If he did only make 12 passes forward, he did at least manage to log three important passes on our system with them.
Even so, much like our overall top man Ramos, Isco’s decent attacking efforts were not enough to help Spain break down a stubborn Russia side.
Our next category sees our second Croatian champion of this round. It’s Domagoj Vida, who topped the ‘off ball’ rankings.
It’s essential to select the ‘only important actions’ button on the yellow dashboards. Doing so reveals the left sided centre-back covered his quarter of the pitch well. It’s worth noting that his partner, Dejan Lovren, was third in these rankings, so the Croatian duo clearly worked well together against Denmark.
Our final category is shots, and the young Frenchman at the top of the page topped the charts here.
Two shots. Two goals. Two thousand points. Boom. In total at the World Cup, Mbappé has had just five shots, and all three which he has put on target have been converted. When you’re hot, you’re hot.
We’ll have an article on all eight quarter-finalists after their matches, so stay tuned for that.