Chelsea FC international round-up: How the Blues fared in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers

As this round of the World Cup 2018 qualifiers is done and dusted with, and there were quite a few ‘Blues’ representing their nations.

Most put in some noteworthy performances and were at the end of positive results, while there were a few who did not have as good a game, as per their high standards.

Here we take a look at the performances of each Chelsea player for their country in the qualifiers and rate them based on their display on the pitch.


Country : Belgium

WC Qualifier Result : Cyprus 0 – 3 Belgium

Eden Hazard put in a splendid display against Cyprus. EPA/KATIA CHRISTODOULOU
Eden Hazard put in a splendid display against Cyprus. EPA/KATIA CHRISTODOULOU

The Chelsea No.10 and Belgium captain was at his deadly best in Nicosia. He orchestrated his team’s attacks and put in an impressive show. He was quick with the ball and the us defenders had a hard time keeping him at bay.

Though he did not score a goal, he assisted Yannick Carrasco for the team’s third goal by unselfishly squaring the ball to him to shoot into an open goal. He also won a last minute penalty that was subsequently missed by fellow Chelsea player Michy Batshuayi. On the whole, it was an inspirational performance from August’s Premier League player of the month.

Rating : 9/10


Country : Belgium

The Chelsea shot-stopper barely anything to do for the whole match. He just made one routine save from the only shot on target from Cyprus. The Belgian defense stood firm and Courtois kept a clean sheet nonetheless.

Rating : 7/10


Country : Belgium

Belgium vs Italy

The forward had a night to forget. Coming on as a substitute for Romelu Lukaku for the last 15 minutes, he stepped up to take the penalty won by Hazard in the last minute of regulation time, which was saved by the Cyprus keeper.  True, he did not have much time to make an impact, but he squandered the only opportunity he got.

Rating : 3/10


Country : England

Qualifier Result : Slovakia 0 – 1 England

The center back was rock solid in defence and marshaled his troops at the back effectively. Slovakia did not have a shot at goal largely because of the strong defence. Cahill, as one of the main defenders, put in a solid performance.

Rating : 8/10


Country : Spain

Qualifier Result : Spain 8 – 0 Liechtenstein

Costa scored with two headers against Liechtenstein. EPA/GEORGI LICOVSKI
Costa scored with two headers against Liechtenstein. EPA/GEORGI LICOVSKI

The striker has never exactly lived up to his potential when has he played for Spain. Costa though, broke his goal-scoring drought when he scored with two headers, either side of the half. The first one he scored from a free kick, while the second he scored off his own rebound, off the goalkeeper. Their opponents were considered minnows, no doubt, but Costa certainly did his reputation no harm by getting on the score sheet twice.

Rating : 9/10


Country : France

Qualifier Result : Belarus 0 – 0 France

Though France were held to a surprise goalless draw by Belarus, midfielder N’Golo Kante was busy as ever, making tackles and interceptions. His passing was in general pretty decent and he played the whole 90 minutes, though he cannot be blamed for France failing to capitalize on their chances. His work-rate, though, was terrific.

Rating : 8/10


Country : Serbia

Qualifier Result: Serbia 2 – 2 Republic of Ireland

Branislav Ivanovic did not have the bestt of games against Ireland. EPA/Jakub Kaczmarczyk
Branislav Ivanovic did not have the best of games against Ireland. EPA/Jakub Kaczmarczyk

Another player who did not have a great outing was Chelsea’s Serbian defender. Ireland scored the first goal via a deflection off Ivanovic and while Serbia had chances to put the game to bed on many an occasion, some sloppy defending allowed the Irish to snatch a point. Ivanovic was far from his best though.

Rating : 4/10


Country : Bosnia & Herzegovina

Qualifier Result : Bosnia 5 – 0 Estonia

Chelsea’s second-choice keeper did not have to sweat much as his team thrashed Estonia 5-0 and he kept a clean sheet. Estonia managed just two shots on goal.

Rating : 8/10


Country : Brazil

Qualifier Result : Brazil 2 – 1 Colombia

Willian started the game against Colombia, and was replaced in the 66th minute. While he did play decent, providing some crisp passes and making quick runs, it was his replacement Coutinho who set up Neymar’s winner. On the whole, Willian did a decent job but did not create many chances.

Rating : 6/10

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