World Cup: Who were the top goalkeepers on Day 10?

Asmir Begovic Stoke V Arsenal

Stoke City star features as we take a look at the performances of the goalkeepers on day 10 of the 2014 World Cup finals.

There were three games at the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil on Saturday – one in Group G and two in Group F.

The opening game on Saturday was between Argentina and Iran in Group F, and it ended in a narrow 1-0 victory for the South American giants.

In the next fixture, European powerhouse Germany were held to a 2-2 draw by Ghana in Group G, while in the late match, Nigeria registered a narrow 1-0 victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina in Group F.

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

Total Saves

  TeamPosSavesAppsMins
Asmir Begovic Bosnia and Herzegovina GK 8 1 90
Vincent Enyeama Nigeria GK 7 1 90
Manuel Neuer Germany GK 4 1 90
Alireza Haghighi Iran GK 3 1 90
Sergio Romero Argentina GK 3 1 90
Fatau Dauda Ghana GK 2 1 90

Stoke City’s Asmir Begovic was the busiest goalkeeper on Saturday, as he had to pull off no fewer than eight saves for Bosnia and Herzegovina against Nigeria. Interestingly, his opposite number on the pitch, Vincent Enyeama, made seven saves. Ghana custodian Fatau Dauda was forced into making just two saves.

Saves Ibox

  TeamPosSaved IboxAppsMins
Vincent Enyeama Nigeria GK 5 1 90
Alireza Haghighi Iran GK 3 1 90
Sergio Romero Argentina GK 3 1 90
Asmir Begovic Bosnia and Herzegovina GK 2 1 90
Manuel Neuer Germany GK 1 1 90

Interestingly, most of the saves that Enyeama had to make against Bosnia were on shots taken from inside his own penalty box. Germany and Bayern Munich keeper Manuel Neuer was called into action just once from a shot taken from inside his 18-yard area.

Saves Obox

  TeamPosSaved OboxAppsMins
Asmir Begovic Bosnia and Herzegovina GK 6 1 90
Manuel Neuer Germany GK 3 1 90
Fatau Dauda Ghana GK 2 1 90
Vincent Enyeama Nigeria GK 2 1 90

Once again, Begovic leads this category, having been forced into making six saves on shots taken from outside the Bosnian box. Both the saves that Dauda had to make in the 90 minutes for Ghana against Germany were on long-range attempts.

Good High Claim

  TeamPosGood High ClaimAppsMins
Fatau Dauda Ghana GK 3 1 90
Manuel Neuer Germany GK 2 1 90
Asmir Begovic Bosnia and Herzegovina GK 1 1 90
Vincent Enyeama Nigeria GK 1 1 90
Sergio Romero Argentina GK 1 1 90

One of the reasons why Ghana goalkeeper Dauda had to make the least number of saves among his peers on Saturday is that he caught three crosses. Neuer is second in this category with two.

Accurate Goal Kicks

  TeamPosAccurate Goal KicksAppsMins
Alireza Haghighi Iran GK 9 1 90
Manuel Neuer Germany GK 9 1 90
Asmir Begovic Bosnia and Herzegovina GK 6 1 90
Sergio Romero Argentina GK 5 1 90
Vincent Enyeama Nigeria GK 4 1 90
Fatau Dauda Ghana GK 3 1 90

Alireza Haghighi of Iran and Germany’s Neuer win this category: both had nine of their goal kicks reach their intended target. As for Dauda, he had just three, while Begovic had six.

Accurate Keeper Sweeper

  TeamPosAccurate Keeper SweeperAppsMins
Fatau Dauda Ghana GK 2 1 90
Vincent Enyeama Nigeria GK 1 1 90

Just two of the six goalkeepers in action on Saturday came off their lines and won possession for their respective teams: Ghana’s Dauda and Nigeria’s Enyeama.

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