Manchester City were given a boost ahead of the new season as four City players exited the World Cup at the knock out stage.
Sergio Aguero and Nicolas Otamendi were the first to leave at the first round stage as Argentina were beaten 4-3 by France. An entertaining game saw Kylian Mbappe, who was previously rumoured with a move to City, take centre stage and outshine Lionel Messi by scoring two and winning a penalty. Aguero came off the bench to score to make the score 4-3, but the Argentine’s didn’t have time to find an equaliser.
Later on Saturday, Bernardo Silva’s Portugal exited at the hands of Uruguay. Silva was outstanding in the Portugal midfield, but two goals by Edinson Cavani sent the Portugese Silva home as Uruguay won 2-1 and now face France in the quarter final.
On Sunday, Spain’s David Silva became the latest blue to be sent home as hosts Russia won a penalty shoot-out. Silva was substituted with the game ties at 1-1 for Andreas Iniesta, couldn’t find a way past the Russians, who now face Croatia or Denmark in the quarter final.
On Monday, City’s Brazilian quartet attempt to reach the quarter finals as they take on Mexico, while in the evening, Kevin de Bruyne will almost certainly face Japan in the evening kick off.
Will all City players exit the World Cup at the first knock-out stage?