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Brazil 3-1 Ivory Coast: Brazil always in control

June 20, 2010
Brazil 3-1 Ivory Coast: Brazil always in control

Classic Brazil under Dunga. A comfortable victory, won by controlling the ball when they have it, and controlling the space when they don’t.
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Italy 1-1 New Zealand: Why did Lippi start with a 4-4-2?

June 20, 2010
Italy 1-1 New Zealand: Why did Lippi start with a 4-4-2?

A heroic defensive performance from New Zealand, who now have two more points than most people expected, but Italy’s tactics made it easy for them.
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Denmark 2-1 Cameroon: Cameroon’s lopsided shape plays into the hands of Rommedahl

June 19, 2010
Denmark 2-1 Cameroon: Cameroon’s lopsided shape plays into the hands of Rommedahl

A game unlike any that had gone before it in this tournament – this was open, exciting, frantic and stretched. Denmark narrowly deserved the win, Cameroon are slightly unfortunate to be out so early, but are no great loss to the tournament.
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Holland 1-0 Japan: Little tactical excitement

June 19, 2010
Holland 1-0 Japan: Little tactical excitement

There have been a few low-key games at the World Cup so far, but this was one of the worst. Holland continue to disappoint with a lack of attacking flair, whilst Japan were content with a draw, and didn’t threaten until the 90th minute.
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England 0-0 Algeria: shocking display from Capello’s players

June 19, 2010
England 0-0 Algeria: shocking display from Capello’s players

A terrible performance from England in a game completely devoid of any attacking inspiration. Algeria defended excellently in their unusual 3-4-2-1 shape and got the result they were playing for, but England made it easy for them.
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