With the World Cup group stages now having drawn to a close, it is time to take a look back and see just which side impressed the most tactically during the past few days. While there were some fine approaches to matches, the winner would have to be Uruguay for the way they took apart hosts Russia, who were enjoying a 100% record before facing off with the South Americans.The match was essentially a playoff to see who could win Group A, and two-time world champions Uruguay emerged victorious with a 3-0 win on the day. Much of the credit for that fine performance should go to coach Óscar Tabárez – both the longest-serving and oldest coach in this summer’s tournament.
With the World Cup Group stages now heading towards their thrilling conclusion, we are none the wiser of how some groups will finish up. Group A, of course, has now concluded, with hosts Russia finishing second behind former champions Uruguay. It is with some contentment, then, that Uruguay stopper Fernando Muslera can be named the best goalkeeper of the tournament up until this stage.The 32-year-old, full name Néstor Fernando Muslera Micol, has excelled so far and has contributed to his team winning their group without having conceded a single goal in the process.