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Montenegro 1-1 England: Montenegro start timidly but introduce attackers effectively

March 27, 2013
Montenegro 1-1 England: Montenegro start timidly but introduce attackers effectively

Branko Brnovic surprisingly started with a lone forward, but ended up with four outright attackers as Montenegro deservedly claimed a point. Brnovic’s selection was hampered by injuries and suspensions – Miodrag Dzudovic, Mitar Novakovic and Simon Vukcevic all came into the side. Roy Hodgson made significant changes from the side that comfortably defeated San Marino on...
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Uruguay 1-1 Paraguay: Tabarez ditches his double pivot, then makes more attacking moves

March 25, 2013
Uruguay 1-1 Paraguay: Tabarez ditches his double pivot, then makes more attacking moves

Reigning South American champions Uruguay recorded their third consecutive 1-1 home draw – their participation in Brazil remains in the balance. Oscar Tabarez fielded a familiar core to this side – Edinson Cavani was only on the bench, with Diego Forlan behind Luis Suarez upfront, the combination that won Uruguay the Copa America final against...
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Croatia 2-0 Serbia: brave decision to use Kovacic in midfield helps Croatia dominate the game

March 24, 2013
Croatia 2-0 Serbia: brave decision to use Kovacic in midfield helps Croatia dominate the game

Croatia’s two strikers – Ivica Olic and Mario Mandzukic – scored a goal apiece before half-time, to win an incredibly hotly-anticipated derby. Igor Stimac’s major decision was the surprise selection of 18-year-old Mateo Kovacic for his international debut in the centre of midfield. Sinisa Mihajlovic used Ivan Radovanovic as a holder, and Alen Stevanovic rather than Dusan...
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Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso: Nigeria triumph

February 10, 2013
Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso: Nigeria triumph

Nigeria won the Africa Cup of Nations following a typically tight, tense final. Stephen Keshi was able to select Victor Moses (who had been a doubt) but Emmanuel Emenike was injured, and replaced by Ikechukwu Uche. Paul Put, who has tinkered with his formations and line-ups throughout the tournament, was able to name an unchanged side...
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Burkina Faso 1-1 Ghana: Burkina Faso dominate and win the game on penalties

February 7, 2013
Burkina Faso 1-1 Ghana: Burkina Faso dominate and win the game on penalties

Burkina Faso upset the odds to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations final. Paul Put made various chances  to the side which beat Togo – in came Artistide Bancé upfront, and Prejuce Nakoulma on the right. With two holding midfielders, Charles Kabore became the number ten and Jonathan Pitroipa moved left James Appiah made one...
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