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World Cup Talk

WC Fantasy Recap - RD 4

by Sean Sullivan
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

In search of more McDonald's World Cup Fantasy analysis? Rotoworld has you covered with World Cup Fantasy Recap! World Cup Fantasy Recap will appear upon the conclusion of each match day and offer straightforward match briefs by highlighting the top performers from each game. 


 

Round of 16 Recap 



France 4:3 Argentina

 

Kylian Mbappe (9.0m): Given the freedom to surge forward on the right wing, Mbappe put in an electric shift as France came from behind to defeat Argentina. The 19-year-old showed off his pace and dribbling prowess early in the first-half with an extraordinary solo run, which produced a penalty, and scored twice in four minutes to put Les Bleus ahead in the second half. For the first, the starlet controlled a loose ball in the area and touched into space before sweeping home. The second was another expert finish to cap off a flowing counter-attack, coolly tucking his first-time effort low into the far corner. Coming off his second and third goal of the tournament, as well as his first assist, Mbappe is now the joint-fifth top scoring forward (21).

 

Uruguay 2:1 Portugal

 

Edinson Cavani (9.5m): The Paris Saint Germain sharpshooter was a constant thorn in the side of the Portugual defence, scoring a masterclass brace to send Uruguay into the quarterfinals. Cavani and Luis Suarez (10.5m) needed seven minutes to once again stake their claim as one of the top strike forces in Russia. Cavani sharply switched the fields with a pass to Suarez, who held and whipped in a pinpoint return cross for his partner to head home at the far post. Cavani completed his double with another expertly taken finish, steering a powerful first-time shot beyond Rui Patricio from just inside the top of the box. However, the in-form striker is a doubt ahead of the last eight clash with France having limped off the pitch with 16 minutes left.  Should Cavani fail to recover, Cristian Stuani could start alongside Suarez.

 

 

Russia 1: 1 Spain
- Russia 4:3 on penalties

 

Igor Akinfeev (5.0m): In spite of the odds, the hosts are now two wins away from reaching the final. Having been subject of criticism after the 3-0 defeat by Uruguay, Akinfeev responded with the best performance of his international career. Russia's 32-year-old captain made nine saves in 120 minutes, including top-notch stops on Jordi Alba and Andreas Iniesta. Akinfeev capped of his display by making two more saves in the shootout to ensure the major upset. He now leads all active goalkeepers in saves (15) and ranks co-fifth (15) in total points.

 

Croatia 1:1 Denmark
- Croatia 3:2 on penalties

 

 

Luka Modric (9.1m): Croatia's captain failed to put away a penalty in extra-time, but courageously stepped up to convert in the 3-2 shoot-out win. The hiccup from 12-yards, however, won't cost Modric his role as the primary penalty taker according to manager Zlatko Dalic. While Modric returned zero fantasy points, the midfield engine was still Croatia's most inventive player. He tallied five key passes, put two of his three shots on target and racked up 107 touches. It would be harsh to lose complete faith in the Real Madrid man especially since he ranks third amongst all midfielders in total fantasy points (21).

 

 

Brazil 2:0 Mexico

 

Willian (8.4m): Willian was lights out against Mexico. The Chelsea winger completed seven dribbles and, most notably, registered an assist on Neymar's opener with one of his three key passes. Willian received a backheel from Neymar at the top of the box, took a long smart touch to evade a pair of El Tri defenders and then fired a bullet cross to set the striker up with an easy finish at the far post. The sequence, which shifted the tide of the match, should place Willian on the radar of fantasy owners for Brazil's quarterfinal tangle with Belgium. The 29-year-old has now returned 12 fantasy points across 429 minutes of action.

 

Belgium 3:2 Japan

 

Eden Hazard (10.1m): Belgium's team of superstars showed their resolve by overcoming a two-goal deficit to reach the quarter-finals. The flowing counter-attack to win at the death, which was capped off by substitute Nacer Chadli, was a poetic end to the match. Although Eden Hazard wasn't at his best until Jan Vertonghen headed them back into the game, the captain was the driving force in the comeback. The Chelsea star shined brightest in the 74th minute when he spun past his mark and delivered a pinpoint cross for substitute Marouane Fellaini, who rose highest to head home the equaliser. Diving into his peripheral statistics, Hazard led all players on the pitch in dribbles (5), key passes (5) and fouls drawn (5).

 

Sweden 1:0 Switzerland

 

Emil Forsberg (7.5m): Forsberg was the hero as his strike in the 67th minute hit Manuel Akanji and sailed into the back of the net to book Sweden's place in the quarter-finals. The Red Bull Leipzig playmaker showcased his touch and close control in flashes throughout the match, operating an outlet to transition possession from the midfield into the final third. While the last-16 encounter was the first time Forsberg was able to make a real impact in the tournament, Sweden will need him at his best against England. The 26-year-old has returned 16 total points so far and could be a potential differential option given his low ownership (3.1%).

 

England 1:1 Colombia
- England 4:3 on penalties

 

 

Kieran Trippier (5.6m): England finally snapped their torrid run in penalty shoot-outs with their Round of 16 win over Colombia. Regarding individual performers, none were more effective than Trippier. In the first-half, the right-back provided a pair of highlights with an inviting cross for Harry Kane at the far post early and a half chance at goal from a free-kick. Trippier finished the match with seven crosses and five key passes, more than any other player on the pitch.  Currently averaging 3.7 crosses and four key passes per match, the 27-year-old is a defender to consider against Sweden because of his attacking upside.