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Wahbi Khazri achieved something neither Philippe Coutinho nor Isco could do in the group stages

The Tunisia midfielder was the surprise package of the group stage

Well that’s that done and dusted.

The group stages are complete and the last-16 matches settled.

But before we get going with the real fun, let’s have a quick look at one of the surprise packages from the group stage.

Wahbi Khazri, what a man

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Wahbi Khazri, what a man

Nobody was expecting a League One player, currently on loan to Rennes, to outshine the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Isco and Paul Pogba on the biggest stage.

But Wahbi Khazri delivered the goods for Tunisia in a difficult group with England and Belgium.

Sadly it was all in vain as the Tunisians bowed out in the preliminary round, but Khazri will always have this tournament to tell his grandchildren about.


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I can hear the shouts that Isco has been one of the best players at the tournament and Coutinho has stepped out of Neymar’s shadows to be Brazil’s best player – but neither of them have achieved what Khazri has done.

The bustling Tunisian midfielder, who Sunderland have apparently turned down offers for, became the first player at the World Cup to reach two goals and two assists.

He put in a man of the match performance against Panama last night scoring one and setting one up to secure the brilliant achievement, and establish himself as the best playmaker of the group stage.

The ball whisperer

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The ball whisperer

Before you argue that it was against Panama, possibly the worst team at the tournament, One of Coutinho’s goals came against Costa Rica and Isco scored against Morocco.

Khazri also scored and assisted against Belgium in a 5-2 defeat.

The incredible thing about Khazri’s performances is the fact he is still officially a League One player and he is outshining Barcelona’s £140million man and a Real Madrid star who has just won the Champions League three times in a row.

It looks like Khazri could have just secured a decent move this summer.

Well done.