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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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Holland 2-0 Denmark: Dutch struggle to break down a disciplined Danish defence

June 14, 2010
Holland 2-0 Denmark: Dutch struggle to break down a disciplined Danish defence

A quiet game won by two scrappy goals – not really the performance we were hoping for from Holland. Some credit should go to Morten Olsen – his tactics stifled Holland’s creative players and Denmark did have chances to score.
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Germany 4-0 Australia: Germany excellent, but quality exaggerated by poor Australian tactics

June 14, 2010
Germany 4-0 Australia: Germany excellent, but quality exaggerated by poor Australian tactics

We’ve now seen half of the 32 teams that will be contesting this tournament, and whilst we haven’t yet sampled the three most exciting sides – Holland, Brazil and Spain – it is undeniable that Germany have been by far the most impressive so far.
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