Man United and Man City stars shine in our World Cup Day 4 Roundup

Yet another round of dramatic World Cup games have come and gone, with the European sides again showing that they can take the heat of South America.

Switzerland and Ecuador fought out a close encounter in Brasilia, with the Swiss clawing back from 1-0 down to defeat the South Americans 2-1 in the 93rd minute.

It was however much easier for France, with a Karim Benzema inspired performance earning Les Bleus a comfortable and convincing 3-0 win over Honduras. Stoke City midfielder Wilson Palacios had a day to forget, getting sent off after a foul on Paul Pogba which resulted in a penalty and the game’s first goal.

And lastly Argentina were strong enough to see off a determined Bosnia-Herzegovina side, with a wonderful Lionel Messi goal the game-winner in a 2-1 clash.

So how well did the Premier League players perform in the World Cup Day Four action?

Football Fancast Awards:

Man of the Round: Karim Benzema (France and Real Madrid)

Flop of the Round: Wilson Palacios (Honduras and Stoke City)

France vs Honduras

Maynor Figueroa (Hull City): 5.5

Didn’t have a terrible game compared to the rest of his defence, as he was able to clear a few cutbacks from Matuidi and Evra. He was however unable to keep Benzema quiet, who made most of the extra space from Honduras’ 10 men.

Wilson Palacios (Stoke City): 3

The Stoke man was in charge of limiting the threat of France wonderkid Paul Pogba, but his two fouls on the Juventus midfielder not only earned him two yellows and a sending off, but also gifted France the game’s first goal with the resulting penalty.

Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur): 6

Didn’t have much to do in the France goal, but when he was needed the Tottenham keeper looked extremely confident and comfortable.

Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle): 6.5

Was a threat throughout at right-back, almost playing like a right midfielder at times. Supplied some quality balls into the box and it was his shot that was cleared into the path of Benzema for France’s third.

Patrice Evra (Manchester United): 6.5

Like Debuchy, Evra gave the French midfield an extra outlet as he marauded down the left flank, combining well with Matuidi. Also did his job well defensively.

Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool): 6

For most part was solid throughout the game, but made one mistake which almost led to Honduras pegging the score back to 2-1.

Switzerland vs Ecuador

Antonio Valencia (Manchester United): 5.5

The Manchester United winger was expected to give Switzerland problems down the right side, but couldn’t create the opportunities his strikers were hoping for.

Argentina vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina

Asmir Begovic (Stoke City): 5

He was unable to do anything about the two goals Argentina scored, albeit he didn’t have much to do otherwise.

Edin Dzeko (Manchester City): 4

He was on fire during the latter stages of the Premier League season for Manchester City, but Dzeko was almost missing from the entire game with his team-mates more trouble for Argentina’s defence. Not a day to remember.

Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City): 6

Zabaleta was not as threatening as he usually is for Man City, and was caught napping instead of helping out for Ibisevic’s goal.

Sergio Aguero (Manchester City): 5

Was completely unlike himself, scuffing at shots when he had an opportunity and couldn’t find the correct ball to supply his team-mates.