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Germany 1-1 Italy: Low matches Conte’s back three, and playmaking starts from defence

July 4, 2016
Germany 1-1 Italy: Low matches Conte’s back three, and playmaking starts from defence

Germany squeezed past Italy on penalties, after Jogi Low changed his formation to match Italy’s three-man defence. That change involved dropping Julian Draxler and bringing Benedikt Howedes back into the side. Sami Khedira started alongside Toni Kroos, but lasted just 15 minutes because of injury, and was replaced by Bastian Schweinsteiger. Antonio Conte was without the...
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Wales 3-1 Belgium: positioning of Ramsey, Bale, Taylor & Gunter pulls Belgium out of shape

July 4, 2016
Wales 3-1 Belgium: positioning of Ramsey, Bale, Taylor & Gunter pulls Belgium out of shape

Wales went behind – but nevertheless produced a brilliant all-round team display to eliminate Belgium. Chris Coleman made one change to his side, reintroducing Hal Robson-Kanu, who was deemed more likely to stretch the Belgian defence than Sam Vokes, a more traditional centre-forward. In a game where Wales expected to play on the break, that...
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Portugal 1-1 Poland: Portugal forced to press higher, but game fades badly

July 2, 2016
Portugal 1-1 Poland: Portugal forced to press higher, but game fades badly

Portugal qualify for the semi-finals, despite failing to win any of their five matches in 90 minutes. Portugal coach Fernando Santos made two changes. The most important decision was handing Renato Sanches his first start of the competition, while Eliseu returned at left-back. Andre Gomes and Raphael Guerreiro dropped out. Poland manager Adam Nawalka named an...
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World Cup 2014 best XI

July 24, 2014
World Cup 2014 best XI

Manuel Neuer, Germany Other goalkeepers have made more spectacular saves, but Neuer’s all-round goalkeeping was by far the best in the tournament. His performance against Algeria in the second round was remarkably proactive, and the type of display that genuinely might inspire the next generation of goalkeepers to play in a completely different way. He...
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Germany 1-0 Argentina (AET): Gotze’s extra-time goal wins the World Cup

July 14, 2014
Germany 1-0 Argentina (AET): Gotze’s extra-time goal wins the World Cup

Germany won their fourth World Cup after victory over Argentina in a tense but enjoyable final. Joachim Low’s team selection was compromised by the late withdrawal of Sami Khedira through injury. Christoph Kramer took his place – although he only lasted 30 minutes himself. Alejandro Sabella’s side was unchanged from the semi-final against the Netherlands. Both sides...
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