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Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid: both sides threaten but Barca superior at finishing

March 25, 2015
Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid: both sides threaten but Barca superior at finishing

Barcelona moved four points ¬†clear at the top of La Liga thanks to Luis Suarez’s winner. Barcelona selection Sergio Busquets was only fit enough for the bench, so Javier Mascherano played in the holding role, with Jeremy Mathieu the left-sided centre-back. Otherwise, the team was as expected. Xavi Hernandez had surprisingly started over Ivan Rakitic in the...
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Barcelona 3-1 Atletico: Suarez’s running brings out the best of Messi and Neymar on the flanks

January 14, 2015
Barcelona 3-1 Atletico: Suarez’s running brings out the best of Messi and Neymar on the flanks

Barcelona completely outplayed reigning champions Atletico Madrid, with Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez’s excellent combinations particularly impressive. Luis Enrique fielded Ivan Rakitic rather than Xavi Hernandez in midfield, and played both his attacking full-backs in tandem. The most interesting part of Diego Simeone’s team selection was the decision to play Jesus Gamez, usually a right-back,...
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World Cup 2014 best XI

July 24, 2014
World Cup 2014 best XI

Manuel Neuer, Germany Other goalkeepers have made more spectacular saves, but Neuer’s all-round goalkeeping was by far the best in the tournament. His performance against Algeria in the second round was remarkably proactive, and the type of display that genuinely might inspire the next generation of goalkeepers to play in a completely different way. He...
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Germany 1-0 Argentina (AET): Gotze’s extra-time goal wins the World Cup

July 14, 2014
Germany 1-0 Argentina (AET): Gotze’s extra-time goal wins the World Cup

Germany won their fourth World Cup after victory over Argentina in a tense but enjoyable final. Joachim Low’s team selection was compromised by the late withdrawal of Sami Khedira through injury. Christoph Kramer took his place – although he only lasted 30 minutes himself. Alejandro Sabella’s side was unchanged from the semi-final against the Netherlands. Both sides...
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Argentina 1-0 Belgium: Argentina become even more reliant on Messi

July 6, 2014
Argentina 1-0 Belgium: Argentina become even more reliant on Messi

In their fifth World Cup game, Argentina recorded their fifth one-goal victory. Alejandro Sabella was without Marcos Rojo so brought in Jose Basanta at left-back, and replaced Federico Fernandez and Fernando Gago with Martin Demichelis and Lucas Biglia. Marc Wilmots played Kevin Mirallas rather than Dries Mertens on the right flank, but otherwise the side was...
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