The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil is well underway, and the tournament has not lacked excitement. Here’s a look at how the Chelsea FC players have fared so far.
There are plenty of Blues that traveled to Brazil, but there will be fewer that stay past the group stages. Some Blues have already been eliminated and others are in precarious positions.
Chelsea’s representatives from Spain and Cameroon’s hopes to advance past the group stage lasted less than a week. The biggest shock in this young World Cup is Spain’s performance while Cameroon’s early exit was to be expected.
Fernando Torres, making his fourth major tournament appearance for the Spaniards, has played a bit part for a pathetic Spanish side. The defending world champions were thrashed by the Netherlands 5-1, and they were eliminated from the knockout rounds with a 2-0 loss to Chile. Torres made two substitute performances, and Spain failed to score while he was on the field. After being a hero in Euro 2008, Torres has faded to nothingness with Spain.
Cesar Azpilicueta has started the first two matches, but he has done little as his side has surrendered seven goals and been absolutely embarrassed.
Samuel Eto’0 and Cameroon will also be looking at an early exit after losses to Mexico and Croatia. The only headlines Eto’o has made were accusations of treason because of leading a strike over bonuses. (Via The Independent)
Gary Cahill and England suffered a 2-1 loss to Italy to begin their tournament. Mario Balotelli’s winning header beat Cahill, and the Chelsea man will feel extremely guilty for letting in the late goal, but it was a perfect cross and perfect header. Goals like that just happen, and he will have to put that out of his memory as his side look to get points against Uruguay.
John Obi Mikel and Nigeria played to a lackluster goalless draw against Nigeria. The Super Eagles needed a victory in that match, and they will face an uphill battle to advance from their group.
The Belgian trio all had mixed performances against Algeria. Thibault Courtois was scored on by a penalty, but he held the Algerians scoreless afterwards. Romelu Lukaku was subbed early in the second half after a pedestrian performance, and Eden Hazard failed to dominate the match the way he was expected to. Hazard played well enough to lead the Belgians to a hard fought victory, but he needs to do better in the coming matches.
Andre Schuerrle came off the bench to continue Germany’s 4-0 domination of Portugal. He played well, but the manager will likely keep the same lineup against Ghana, keeping the Chelsea man on the bench.
The Brazilian duo failed to lead Brazil to victory in their second match, as the host country was held scoreless by Mexico. Brazil is still on pace to advance from the group, but they need a win from their third match to guarantee first place from their group. Oscar played lights out in the opening match against Croatia and rounded off the scoring with a sublime goal, but he was substituted against Mexico as he had little influence on the game.
Ramires has had a solid tournament, but he picked up a yellow card against Mexico which could prove to be trouble.
The Blues from Spain and Cameroon are headed home after the group stage, but the others will still have hope that they can win it all. More to come later from the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.