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2014 World Cup: Rating Chelsea Players In Round 1

Chelsea F.C. is the most represented club at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Going off last season's full roster (which includes players on loan and recent sales), the Londoners sent 17 players to Brazil. The countries represented are Brazil (4), Belgium (3), Nigeria (3), Spain (2), England (2), Germany (1), Cameroon (1), and Ghana (1). The majority of these players are starters for their respective nations.

Here's a look how each of them performed on their first Group Stage match:

1. Oscar (Brazil vs. Croatia)

Key Stats: 1 Goal, 1 Assist

Match Rating: 9

Oscar was arguably Brazil's best player in the host nation's controversial first win. The 22-year-old ran Brazil's midfield and was instrumental in many of their attacks. With Hulk and Fred underperforming, Oscar and Neymar both stepped up to break down a resolute Croatian defense. Oscar was rewarded for his fine outing with a late toe-poked goal.

2. Ramires (Brazil vs. Croatia)

Key Stats: 1 Assist, 2 Mins Played

Match Rating: N/A

Ramires had little time to make an impact when he came on in the 88th minute. However, he did have time to grab an assist when his strong tackle sent Oscar on his way to score.

3. Willian (Brazil vs. Croatia)

N/A

4. David Luiz (Brazil vs. Croatia)

Key Stats: 11 Clearances

Match Rating: 6

Brazil's defense was mediocre all night and the host nation was lucky not to concede more than once. David Luiz made a few well-timed tackles at the back but he was too casual on a number of occasions. Brazil will need to be much better defensively if they are going to win the World Cup.

5. Samuel Eto'o (Cameroon vs. Mexico)

Key Stats: 1 Shot, 16 Passes

Match Rating: 6

Cameroon had a pretty poor first game at the World Cup. They created few chances to score and were unable to defend against a talented Mexican attack. Samuel Eto'o is supposed to be Cameroon's leader at the World Cup but he fell short of making a significant impact in Natal. He hit the post and orchestrated a couple attacks but didn't do enough for his national team.

6. Cesar Azpilicueta (Spain vs. Netherlands)

Match Rating: 5

It was a truly miserable night for Spain. The World Cup winners were ripped apart by a terrific Dutch attack and certainly deserved to lose. Cesar Azpilicueta was undoubtedly a part of Spain's defensive disaster but he was arguably the best of the worst. However, his match rating of 5 shows just how terrible a day it was for the La Roja.

7. Fernando Torres (Spain vs. Netherlands)

Match Rating: 5

With Diego Costa now ahead in the pecking order, Fernando Torres was used as a substitute against the Netherlands. Torres came on in the 62nd minute and arguably played better than the Atletico Madrid striker in his 30-minute outing. With the Dutch dominating the game, Torres didn't have many chances but he looked energetic and made some good passes. In stoppage time, the Chelsea forward had a superb chance to score but was thwarted by Daryl Janmaat at the last second.

8. Frank Lampard (England vs. Italy)

N/A

9. Gary Cahill (England vs. Italy)

Match Rating: 6

Gary Cahill had an unremarkable first game for England. He made a couple decent tackles and was usually strong at the back but he was the main guilty party in Italy's second goal. The Chelsea center-back wasn't tight enough to Mario Balotelli and looked flat-footed as the Milan striker headed the ball towards Joe Hart.

10. André Schürrle (Germany vs. Portugal)

Match Rating: 7

André Schürrle came on in the 63rd minute for Mesut Ozil against Portugal. With the score already 3-0 and Portugal a man down, the Chelsea midfielder was allowed a fair amount of space and time on the ball. Schürrle made a number of great passes, including the cross for Thomas Müller's third goal.

11. John Obi Mikel (Nigeria vs. Iran)

Match Rating: 6

John Obi Mikel is known for his defensive play in the English Premier League. For the Nigerian national team, Mikel has a more attacking role. The 27-year-old is expected to build up the play and create offensive runs. However, against Iran, Mikel was adequate at best and contributed very little as the game finished 0-0.

12. Victor Moses (Nigeria vs. Iran)

Match Rating: 6

Victor Moses had a very uneventful performance against Iran and was substituted after just 52 minutes. The 23-year-old will be hoping to do better in Nigeria's next two games.

13. Kenneth Omeruo (Nigeria vs. Iran)

Key Stats: 8 Clearances, 3 Tackles

Match Rating: 7

Kenneth Omeruo may not have played a match for his parent club Chelsea but he is a certain starter on the Nigerian national team The 20-year-old had yet another solid performance at the back for his country, with a number of interceptions and defensive blocks. Omeruo is certainly one of the top prospects around Europe.

14. Christian Atsu (United States vs. Ghana)

Key Stats: 3 Shots, 37 Passes, 2 Fouls Suffered

Match Rating: 7

Christian Atsu caused the United States defense all sorts of problems with his marauding runs down the right flank. The on-loan Vitesse man was superb and was perhaps unlucky to finish the night without a goal or assist. Chelsea would be wise to keep hold of Atsu.

15. Romelu Lukaku (Belgium vs. Algeria)

Match Rating: 5

Romelu Lukaku's first performance of the World Cup didn't go as planned. The 6'3'' striker was unable to make any impact on the game - he didn't manage a single touch in Algeria's opposition area - and was taken off in the 57th minute.

16. Thibaut Courtois (Belgium vs. Algeria)

Match Rating: 6

This was certainly a boring game for Thibaut Courtois. The young goalkeeper could only watch as Sofiane Feghouli scored from the penalty spot. Otherwise, there were no shots on target for Algeria.

17. Eden Hazard (Belgium vs. Algeria)

Key Stats: 1 Assist, 5 Fouls Suffered

Match Rating: 7

For his standards, it was an adequate performance. Eden Hazard showed glimpses of his skill but he was unable to break down the Algerian defense for most of the match. However, the Chelsea winger was influential in the latter stages as he assisted Dries Mertens' winning goal.

This FanPost was contributed by a member of the community and was not subject to any sort of approval process. It does not necessarily reflect the opinions held by the editors of this site.

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