World Champion France is still in a celebratory mood after lifting their second crown in 20 years. Le Bleu’s tactician Didier Deschamps and his players will receive the highest honour in the country thanks to President Emmanuel Macron. The Russia tournament saw a number of stars shine but nobody did it better than Kylian Mbappe. The 19-year-old netted four times to help his country lift the biggest trophy available in football. FIFA has nominated him for Best Male Player award alongside Griezmann and Varane. Today, we want to look at worst rated players in a single match in World Cup 2018.
5. Carlos Sanchez- 4.72 Rating
Half-time: #Colombia 1-1 #Japan. The first 45-minute witnessed the fastest red card in the tournament since 1986. Colombia's Carlos Sanchez were sent off in 3min#WorldCup #COLJPN #COL #JPN pic.twitter.com/4ifOJksKyp
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Carlos Sanchez became the first player to receive a red card in 2018 World Cup in Russia. The defender was shown a straight red card in the third minute for a deliberate handball against Japan. He also became the first Colombian to be sent off in World Cup finals. His team lost the match 2-1 and there were reports he received death threats from people in his country. He was rated at 4.72 which was the fifth worst in the showpiece.
4. Fernando Muslera- 4.62 Rating
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France defeated Uruguay 2-0 in the quarterfinals to progress to the semi-finals. The 2018 Champions expected a tough game against the South Americans but when Edinson Cavani was ruled out with injury, Luis Suarez could not do it alone.
Le Bleus went ahead thanks to a perfect header from Raphael Varane. Antoine Griezmann shot was directed towards the net by a confused Fernando Muslera. It was a rare error by the experienced goalkeeper. It was clear that the game was done and dusted from that point. He had the fourth worst single match performance with a 4.62 rating.
3. Igor Smolnikov- 4.34 Rating
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Russia had already booked a place in the last 16 when they faced Uruguay to decide who tops the group. The Coach made several changes and his team suffered a 3-0 defeat. The biggest villain was Igor Smolnikov who sent off after two (Yellows) bookable offences. He became only the second player from his country to be sent off in World Cup after Sergei Gorlukovich against Sweden in 1994. He had the third-worst performance in a single match with a rating of 4.34.