Internationals

Internationals

Portugal 3-3 Spain: Ronaldo scores a hattrick in a sensational game (Independent.co.uk)

June 16, 2018
Portugal 3-3 Spain: Ronaldo scores a hattrick in a sensational game (Independent.co.uk)

There will be minimal action on ZM over the World Cup, but I’m writing some ZM-style articles for the Independent website, so will link them from here! Portugal 3-3 Spain is here.
Read more »

Tags: , , , , ,
Posted in World Cup 2018 | Comments Off

France 2-0 Germany: formation decisions enable Germany to dominate

July 8, 2016
France 2-0 Germany: formation decisions enable Germany to dominate

Germany completely dominated the first half – but two individual mistakes means France progress to Sunday’s semi-final. Didier Deschamps continued with the team which had defeated Iceland 5-2. That meant Samuel Umtiti kept his place at the back, and Moussa Sissoko remained on the right despite N’Golo Kante’s availability – therefore, France started in their...
Read more »

Tags: , , , , , ,
Posted in Euro 2016 | 17 Comments »

Portugal 2-0 Wales: Wales struggle to penetrate Portugal’s block, then Ronaldo and Nani pounce

July 7, 2016
Portugal 2-0 Wales: Wales struggle to penetrate Portugal’s block, then Ronaldo and Nani pounce

Portugal defeated Wales in an unspectacular but efficient manner, in a low-key semi-final. Fernando Santos was without suspended holding midfielder William Carvalho, so played Danilo in his place. Bruno Alves replaced the injured Pepe, while Raphael Guerrero came on for Eliseu at left-back. The shape of the side, however, was unchanged. Chris Coleman had two suspensions...
Read more »

Tags: , , , , , ,
Posted in Euro 2016 | 2 Comments »

France 5-2 Iceland: Griezmann & Giroud together helps wins the game before half-time

July 5, 2016
France 5-2 Iceland: Griezmann & Giroud together helps wins the game before half-time

A completely one-sided game in Paris, as France progressed to the semi-final with ease. Didier Deschamps had two players suspended. Adil Rami was replaced by left-footed Samuel Umtiti, who was making his international debut, which meant Laurent Koscielny moved to the right of the centre-back duo. The other decision was more important, however. With N’Golo...
Read more »

Tags: , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Euro 2016 | 3 Comments »