Category Archive: World Football

Jan 28

Chelsea 1 – 0 Liverpool: Coutinho and Gerrard restrict Chelsea’s midfield, before Mourinho’s changes tactics in second half

Chelsea’s midfield duo of Fabregas and Matic will definitely feature in most of the EPL XIs till now this season, but Brendan Rodger’s setup at Stamford Bridge not only turned up but also triumphed over the highly efficient Chelsea midfield. Rodgers retained his central midfield duo of Henderson and Lucas, flanked by Markovic and Moreno. …

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Jul 09

Brazil 1-7 Germany: Gustavo’s deep positioning concedes midfield battle, as Muller outwits Marcelo on the flank

Brazil’s run of 13 years unbeaten in competitive games at home was brought to a crunching halt in what turned out to the home side’s worst defeat ever in the World Cup. In a game that saw 5 goals for Germany within the first 30 minutes, Luis Scholari’s choice of not changing the XI till …

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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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