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Sweden 2-3 Portugal: Ibrahimovic 2-3 Ronaldo

November 22, 2013
Sweden 2-3 Portugal: Ibrahimovic 2-3 Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo produced an extraordinary performance to win this play-off almost single-handedly. Erik Hamren named an unchanged starting XI from the first leg, which finished in a 1-0 Portugal victory. Paolo Bento’s side had one change – Hugo Almeida had made the difference in the first leg as a substitute, so replaced Helder Postiga upfront It’s difficult...
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Ukraine 2-0 France: France lack creativity with the ball, and lack structure without it

November 18, 2013
Ukraine 2-0 France: France lack creativity with the ball, and lack structure without it

Ukraine are halfway to the World Cup, after a surprise 2-0 victory over France. Mykhaylo¬†Fomenko’s XI was fairly typical of his recent line-ups, although Roman Zozulya hasn’t always played upfront, and Edmar was fielded in an advanced role. Didier Deschamps left out Mathieu Valbuena and played Samir Nasri instead, with Olivier Giroud favoured over Karim Benzema...
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Brazil 3-0 Spain: Spain unable to cope with Brazil’s pace and power on the break

July 1, 2013
Brazil 3-0 Spain: Spain unable to cope with Brazil’s pace and power on the break

Brazil won the Confederations Cup at the Maracana after a convincing demolition of the world champions. Luis Felipe Scolari stuck with his usual side – in five games he only deviated from this XI once, when Paulinho wasn’t 100% fit for the final group game. Vicente Del Bosque brought in Juan Mata on the left of...
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Spain 0-0 Italy: a lopsided tactical battle but an evenly-balanced game

June 28, 2013
Spain 0-0 Italy: a lopsided tactical battle but an evenly-balanced game

Spain progressed on penalties after an intriguing stalemate. Vicente Del Bosque recalled Fernando Torres and David Silva to play in the front three. Cesare Prandelli was without Mario Balotelli and Ignazio Abate through injury, and Riccardo Montolivo wasn’t 100% fit. Therefore, he switched to a 3-4-2-1ish formation, using an all-Juventus backline and introducing Alberto Gilardino upfront. This...
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Brazil 2-1 Uruguay: Brazil through to the final after substitutes help increase the pressure

June 27, 2013
Brazil 2-1 Uruguay: Brazil through to the final after substitutes help increase the pressure

Brazil weren’t on top form, but Paulinho’s late header sends them through to the final. Luiz Felipe Scolari brought back Paulinho after injury kept the Tottenham target out of the victory over Italy – so Hernanes dropped to the bench. Having changed his entire side for the win over Tahiti, Oscar Tabarez reverted to the side...
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