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Honduras 0-1 Chile: Bielsa’s men live up to the billing

June 16, 2010
Honduras 0-1 Chile: Bielsa’s men live up to the billing

It’s been a World Cup dominated by defensive football so far, so Chile’s all-out attacking strategy was a welcome change. They deserved the win, but should have scored far more goals.
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Why Brazil’s breakthrough was always going to come from Maicon

June 16, 2010
Why Brazil’s breakthrough was always going to come from Maicon

It was inevitable that Brazil would eventually score against North Korea, and it was almost as inevitable that they would do so through Maicon, their rampaging right-back. Here’s why.
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Brazil 2-1 North Korea: Exactly what we expected

June 16, 2010
Brazil 2-1 North Korea: Exactly what we expected

A good game in both tactical and entertainment terms – North Korea defended resolutely and their front two showed their technical quality, but Brazil’s patience was rewarded in the second half.
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Ivory Coast 0-0 Portugal: defensive organisation defeats attacking talent

June 15, 2010
Ivory Coast 0-0 Portugal: defensive organisation defeats attacking talent

A hard-fought draw in a game that was a must-not-lose rather than a must-win for both sides. There was a disappointing lack of goalmouth action, but both defences were excellently organised.
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Italy 1-1 Paraguay: Italy dominate possession but struggle to create

June 15, 2010
Italy 1-1 Paraguay: Italy dominate possession but struggle to create

Italy dominated the game but rarely provided a real goal threat, whilst Paraguay sat back, defended and were happy to rely on set-pieces. Marcello Lippi’s switch to 4-4-2 on the hour mark resulted in Italy looking a far better side.
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