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Poland 1-1 Russia: Poland beef up their midfield and prevent Russia counter-attacking

June 13, 2012
Poland 1-1 Russia: Poland beef up their midfield and prevent Russia counter-attacking

Neither side played particularly open football Рbut strangely, this turned out to be a very good contest. Wojciech Szczesny was suspended, so Franciszek Smuda continued with Przemyslaw Tyton, the hero of the first game, in goal. More interestingly, he changed the structure of his side, moving to more of a 4-1-4-1 formation, dropping left-winger Maciej...
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Uruguay 1-0 Mexico: the best two sides from Group A progress

June 22, 2010
Uruguay 1-0 Mexico: the best two sides from Group A progress

A strange match, considering both teams’ prisoner’s dilemma in this final group game.
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Mexico 2-0 France: Organised v disorganised

June 18, 2010
Mexico 2-0 France: Organised v disorganised

Tactics can only explain a team’s victories or defeats to a certain extent – this awful French performance was quite clearly a failing in terms of motivation, team spirit and countless other factors that aren’t directly concerned with strategy.
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Uruguay 0-0 France: no cohesion in attacking zones from either side

June 11, 2010
Uruguay 0-0 France: no cohesion in attacking zones from either side

Group A is wide open following the first round of matches, after a draw in both games. The earlier game was open and exciting throughout – this one started well but faded badly as the game went on.
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South Africa 1-1 Mexico: a fair result but neither side will be happy

June 11, 2010
South Africa 1-1 Mexico: a fair result but neither side will be happy

An entertaining game that finished with a fair result, a point apiece. Both sides will be relatively disappointed to come away from the opening game with just a draw, and the match demonstrated the faults of both sides more than it did their qualities.
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