Category Archive: Brazil 2014

Jun 30

Netherlands 2 – 1 Mexico: Van Gaal’s 2nd half change restricts Mexican wingbacks, after Dutch man-marking fails

  While the all-South American affair on Day 1 of the Knockout stage resulted in 2 contrasting encounters, this Mexico –Netherlands matchup in the alarming heat of Fortaleza turned out to be a key tactical battle between the Oranje who are the top scorers at the WC and the El Tri who have conceded the …

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Jun 29

Colombia 2 – 0 Uruguay: Oscar Tabarez’s tactical misjudgment affords Cuardado and James freedom from the flanks

Jose Pekerman’s golden generation delivered once again against a Uruguay team that looked out of breath right from the initial stages of the game. This sets up another sweet South American clash between Columbia and Brazil in the Quarters. James Rodriguez has turned out to be a sensation for Columbia in this WC, and the …

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Jun 18

Brazil 0 – 0 Mexico: Guardado and Layun outnumber Dani Alves on the wing, as Brazil lack creativity through the middle

With both teams registering wins on the opening day, Brazil and Mexico went into this game with a similar setup. The injury to Hulk was the only change in the teams from the last game, as Ramires was brought in by Scholari to replace the winger. At the end of the day, Mexico held the …

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Jun 17

Germany 4-0 Portugal; Clever attacking movement foils a disjointed Portuguese side

Germany thrashed a 10 man Portugal at Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador to record a thumping 4-0 victory in their opening match of this World Cup. This scoreline extended the Germans’ record of scoring 4 goals in their opening games to 3 World Cups, the previous ones coming against Australia in 2010 and Costa Rica …

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Jun 16

Argentina 2 – 1 Bosnia: Sabella’s misjudgment restricts Di Maria in first half, as Pjanic’s masterclass in midfield helps Bosnia dominate

  Argentina came into this tournament as one of the outside favorites for the title, but there were very obvious loopholes in their system which could be easily identified by any pundit or team. Coach Sabella lined up against Bosnia with the mindset to negate these loopholes, and thus went for a 5 man defence …

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