Tag Archive: neymar

Apr 06

Barcelona 2-1 Atletico Madrid: Simeone’s tactically superior 4-5-1 dissolved by Torres’ Red

  Atletico were quite realistically considered the only team left in the CL that could stop Barca’s front three. But yet again, as has been the case in this fixture recently, some utterly reckless tackles by the capital side left them with a man down well within the first half. In the context of the …

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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 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 13

Brazil 3 – 1 Croatia: Croatia contain Brazil’s fullbacks, but allow Oscar space in a wide role

  Brazil labored past a stubborn looking Croatian side in Sao Paolo, as a controversial penalty from Neymar and outside of the penalty box efforts from Oscar and Neymar were enough to get past an early own goal scored by Marcelo. Croatia were quite impressive in terms of passing and fluidity in the midfield, but …

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Jun 11

Brazil Croatia preview: Kovac needs to adjust Vukojevic amidst his stars in midfield

  A clash between Brazil and Croatia might not resonate on the same notes as the opening clashes in other group doe: Spain-Netherlands, Italy-England or Germany-Portugal. But this opening clash of the World cup at Sao Paulo should be enough to justify that Brazil are indeed not in the easiest of groups. Scholari’s squad might …

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