As we are nearing the end of the group stage, here are the key players who will miss the deciding last group stage fixture due to suspensions (a red card or two yellow cards).

Before we start with the list of players, here is a reminder of FIFA disciplinary regulations:

- If a player is ejected for a red card or two yellow cards in one match, he will be suspended for the next match of his team. But the disciplinary committee may add, if necessary, additional sanctions (suspension for more than one match or a fine, etc.).

- If a player accumulates two cards in two different matches, he will be suspended for the next match.

- Players who have only a single yellow card will have it wiped off after the quarter-final, i.e., in the semi-finals.


The Australian top scorer will miss the Spain clash, which would be his side’s last match of the tournament. In the first match against Chile, Cahill got himself booked after a reckless tackle.

Again in the second match, soon after equalizing with an incredible volley, Cahill was cautioned by the referee for his late challenge on Bruno Martins Indi. Hence, the Socceroos will have to face Spain without their prolific striker in the match.


France’s Yohan Cabaye received two back-to-back yellow cards against Honduras and Switzerland and will miss the third and last group match against Ecuador. After being booked in the match against Honduras, Cabaye again earned himself a yellow card after his rash challenge on Switzerland’s Blerim Dzemaili.

Though Cabaye has been sensational in the midfield, Les Bleus will have little to worry about regarding his absence as they have already secured their berth in the last 16.


Perhaps this may be be the worst blow for Ghana as their veteran midfielder Sulley Muntari is suspended for their final game against Portugal. After losing and drawing their first two matches, the last group game will be of utmost importance as the Black Stars will have to win this fixture to have any decent chances of going through to the round of 16.

Muntari earned his first yellow against USA in the final minutes for his rash challenge on Clint Dempsey. In the last match against Germany, Muntari again got himself booked in the last minute after bringing down Toni Kroos at the edge of the box.  


Robin van Persie is one of the key players to miss the game three of group stage due to suspension. Having alreay received a yellow card against Spain for his foul on Pedro, the Dutch captain went into the referee’s book once again against Australia for catching Matthew Spiranovic in the face with his arm.

With two yellow cards, the flying Dutchman will miss the final group game against Chile on Monday. Though the match is of little importance from the perspective of Netherlands’ qualification to the next round, the Oranje will miss the services of their talismanic striker in pursuit of their top berth in Group B.

This suspension will also be a dent in RvP’s chances to win Golden boot as he has already fired three goals in two matches.

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