World Cup: Who were the top goalkeepers on Day 9?

Hugo Lloris

Tottenham Hotspur and Wolfsburg stars feature as we take a look at the performances of the goalkeepers on day nine of the 2014 World Cup finals.

There were three games at the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil on Friday – one in Group D and two in Group E.

The opening game on Friday was between Italy and Costa Rica in Group D, and it ended in a 1-0 victory for the Central Americans.

In the next fixture, France demolished Switzerland 5-2 in Group E, while in the late match Ecuador registered a 2-1 win against Honduras.

Let’s now take a look at who the best goalkeeper was on Friday.

Total Saves

  TeamPosSavesAppsMins
Diego Benaglio Switzerland GK 7 1 90
Gianluigi Buffon Italy GK 4 1 90
Alexander Domínguez Ecuador GK 4 1 90
Keylor Navas Costa Rica GK 4 1 90
Hugo Lloris France GK 2 1 90
Noel Valladares Honduras GK 2 1 90

Diego Benaglio was the busiest goalkeeper on Friday as Switzerland conceded no fewer than five goals against France, and it comes as no surprise that he was the one who made the most number of saves – seven.

Italy custodian Gianluigi Buffon and Alexander Dominguez of Ecuador both made four saves, as did Costa Rica’s Keylor Navas.

Saves Ibox

  TeamPosSaved IboxAppsMins
Diego Benaglio Switzerland GK 5 1 90
Noel Valladares Honduras GK 1 1 90

Interestingly, only two of the six goalkeepers in action on Friday had to save shots taken from inside the box. While Honduras’ Noel Valladares made one, Benaglio of Wolfsburg was forced into making five.

Saves Obox

  TeamPosSaved OboxAppsMins
Gianluigi Buffon Italy GK 4 1 90
Alexander Domínguez Ecuador GK 4 1 90
Keylor Navas Costa Rica GK 4 1 90
Diego Benaglio Switzerland GK 2 1 90
Hugo Lloris France GK 2 1 90
Noel Valladares Honduras GK 1 1 90

Buffon, Dominguez and Navas made four saves each on shots taken from outside their respective 18-yard boxes, while both of France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris’ saves were on similar attempts.

Good High Claim

  TeamPosGood High ClaimAppsMins
Alexander Domínguez Ecuador GK 2 1 90
Diego Benaglio Switzerland GK 1 1 90
Gianluigi Buffon Italy GK 1 1 90
Noel Valladares Honduras GK 1 1 90

Ecuador’s Dominguez leads this category as he caught two crosses. Benaglio, Buffon and Valladares caught one cross each.

Accurate Goal Kicks

  TeamPosAccurate Goal KicksAppsMins
Hugo Lloris France GK 11 1 90
Gianluigi Buffon Italy GK 7 1 90
Noel Valladares Honduras GK 5 1 90
Alexander Domínguez Ecuador GK 4 1 90
Keylor Navas Costa Rica GK 3 1 90
Diego Benaglio Switzerland GK 2 1 90

France were the biggest winners on Friday, and it is no surprise that their goalkeeper Lloris leads this category. As many as 11 of the Tottenham Hotspur star’s goal kicks were accurate, while Juventus legend Buffon had seven of his kicks reach their intended targets. Switzerland’s Benaglio comes last in this category with just two.

Accurate Keeper Sweeper

  TeamPosAccurate Keeper SweeperAppsMins
Gianluigi Buffon Italy GK 1 1 90
Alexander Domínguez Ecuador GK 1 1 90
Keylor Navas Costa Rica GK 1 1 90

Buffon, Dominguez and Navas are joint-leaders in this category, which lists the number of times a goalkeeper came off his line and won possession for his team.

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