The Brazilian centerback played 90 minutes for the Selecao over the weekend registering their second goal off a 55' corner kick that was whipped in before an awkward headed squibbler rolled into the goal. It was Dante's second international career goal as Brazil romped over Honduras to the final tune of 5-0. Dante made a second appearance over the week, playing 16 minutes in their 2-1 win over Chile.
The German international played 90 minutes in Friday's fixture for the Nationalmannschaft and was almost unquestionably the best player on the pitch for the first 45 minutes of Tuesday's bout with England before being withdrawn at halftime. He has completely solidified his starting place in coach Jogi Low's World Cup squad.
The Dutch international scored their second goal in their exciting 2-2 draw with Japan on Saturday. It was just another ho-hum Arjen Robben normal patented inverted winger cut in and long 20 yard curling drive. While it was a weekly performance that was cut short as the Dutchmen was released back to Bayern Munich with an ankle injury, his continual great performances with Louis van Gaal's side have kept him integral to the Dutch squad heading into his third career World Cup.
The Bayern Munich Frenchmen had the epitome of an up and down week as the French national team dropped their first leg away to Ukraine by a 2-0 scoreline despite a good performance from Ribery. It was his performance on Tuesday that helped to put to right his week as he was an integral piece in their 3-0 demolishing of Ukraine at the Stade de France to book their place to World Cup 2014.
The Bayern Munich central midfielder was one of the few players in the Germany squad to play both matches for Jogi Low's team and while his performance wasn't quite the masterclass performance we're used to seeing from the 23-year-old, he laid in a solid performance in their Friday match in Italy, assisting on their only goal, and in the second half of yesterday's match against England. While his first half performance against England left quite a bit to be desired, it was a good week overall for the Bayern string puller.
The Rest of the Best
Mario Götze played 90 minutes for national team in their 1-0 win over England and 59 minutes in their 1-1 draw with Italy as a false 9. It was definitely a lackluster week for the 20-year-old. Thomas Muller and Manuel Neuer also starred for the German's in their draw with Italy but were both sent home by Jogi Low prior to Tuesday's match.
Mario Mandzukic and Croatia played to a 0-0 draw on Friday against Iceland while Mandzukic broke the deadlock in the 27' of their second leg before attempting to circumcise an Icelandic player 10 minutes later. Naturally he received a red card and put the Croatian's down a man for over 60 minutes. Despite the disadvantage, the Croatians booked their spot to the World Cup with a 2-0 win.
Javi Martinez was injured on Thursday evening and spent the entire week sitting on the bench instead of starring for La Roja.
David Alaba played 72 minutes in what was a lackluster win over the United States of America.