Posts Tagged ‘ set-pieces ’

Celtic 2-1 Barcelona: a famous victory

November 8, 2012
Celtic 2-1 Barcelona: a famous victory

Little possession for long periods – then a set-piece opener followed by a second on the break – a classic underdog victory. Neil Lennon was forced into a few changes from the side he used at the weekend, but kept to a 4-4-1-1ish formation. Adam Matthews played at left-back despite being right-sided, Kris Commons moved...
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England 3-2 Sweden: long balls, set-pieces and terrible defending

June 16, 2012
England 3-2 Sweden: long balls, set-pieces and terrible defending

A scrappy game low on quality, but high on entertainment. Roy Hodgson made one change. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was dropped with Ashley Young moving to the left, and Andy Carroll coming upfront as a target man. Erik Hamren brought in three players – Johan Elmander upfront, Anders Svensson in the middle, and Jonas Olsson at the back,...
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Croatia 3-1 Ireland: Ireland invite pressure, but deal with it poorly

June 10, 2012
Croatia 3-1 Ireland: Ireland invite pressure, but deal with it poorly

Croatia recorded a comfortable victory over Ireland and go top of Group C. Slaven Bilic used Vedran Corluka in the centre of defence and played Darijo Srna in his traditional position of right-back in order to play Ivan Rakitic on the right of midfield, and used Ognjen Vukojevic as his holding midfielder. Giovanni Trapattoni announced his...
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Euro 2012 preview: Greece

June 5, 2012
Euro 2012 preview: Greece

Greece aren’t overwhelmingly different from the team that shocked Europe to win Euro 2004. They’re not as extreme in their negativity, and not as effective, but are still  broadly defensive and their main threat will come from set-pieces. The continuity from eight years ago is obvious when looking at the midfield zone: dead ball specialist...
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Chelsea 4-1 Napoli: Napoli unable to defend crosses

March 15, 2012
Chelsea 4-1 Napoli: Napoli unable to defend crosses

Chelsea produced an impressive display to qualify for the Champions League quarter-finals.
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