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Portugal 3-3 Spain: Ronaldo scores a hattrick in a sensational game (Independent.co.uk)

June 16, 2018
Portugal 3-3 Spain: Ronaldo scores a hattrick in a sensational game (Independent.co.uk)

There will be minimal action on ZM over the World Cup, but I’m writing some ZM-style articles for the Independent website, so will link them from here! Portugal 3-3 Spain is here.
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Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool: freak goals hand Real their third straight European Cup

May 29, 2018
Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool: freak goals hand Real their third straight European Cup

Two crazy goalkeeping mistakes and an all-time great goal from substitute Gareth Bale earned Zinedine Zidane his third European Cup in three attempts. Zidane decided to use his diamond midfield here, meaning Isco started instead of Bale, with Karim Benzema leading the line. Jurgen Klopp’s side was as expected – injury problems meant he didn’t really...
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Liverpool 3-0 Man City: City’s system & Liverpool’s pressing bring three goals in 30 mins

April 5, 2018
Liverpool 3-0 Man City: City’s system & Liverpool’s pressing bring three goals in 30 mins

Liverpool blitzed Manchester City in the opening half hour and take a massive lead to the Etihad next week. Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI was as expected, with Loris Karius in goal and Dejan Lovren alongside Virgil van Dijk. Sergio Aguero was injured. Pep Guardiola surprisingly omitted Raheem Sterling, perhaps as he’s previously performed poorly against his...
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Juventus 0-0 Inter: Cuadrado-Mandzukic combination can’t quite provide the winner

December 11, 2017
Juventus 0-0 Inter: Cuadrado-Mandzukic combination can’t quite provide the winner

This match pitted six-time champions Juventus against surprise league leaders Inter, and produced an old-school Serie A game: patient, tactical, defences on top, but very much enthralling. Juventus manager Max Allegri omitted Paulo Dybala from his starting XI – after an excellent start to the campaign, the Argentine has been off-form in recent weeks. Allegri...
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Chelsea 0-1 Manchester City: Guardiola uses his full-backs & wingers to get De Bruyne into space

October 2, 2017
Chelsea 0-1 Manchester City: Guardiola uses his full-backs & wingers to get De Bruyne into space

Chelsea came into this game on the back of a midweek victory at Atletico Madrid, probably the tactical performance of the season so far – they showed defensive discipline, midfield control and completely outwitted Diego Simeone’s usually-formidable Atletico. The key was Antonio Conte’s use of 3-5-2, a modification upon the 3-4-3 that won Chelsea...
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