World Cup Tactics : Chapter 4

WRITTEN BY ALEX STEWART PRODUCED BY TIFO STUDIOS

The Socceroos qualified for their fifth World Cup, and fourth in a row, via a play-off win against Syria, having come third in the AFC third round. Thirty-eight year old Tim Cahill, who could be the country’s greatest ever player, scored 10 goals in AFC qualifying.

Denmark qualified after a play-off, having come second in UEFA’s Group E behind Poland. The play-off saw them draw 0-0 with the Republic of Ireland in Copenhagen, before hammering them 5-1 in Dublin with Christian Eriksen scoring a hat-trick; Eriksen scored 11 overall, joint third in UEFA qualifying.

Winners in 1998, and runners-up in 2006, France topped a tricky qualification group beating Sweden into second, and seeing off the Netherlands, who failed to make it through. Olivier Giroud and Antoine Griezmann both scored four and four players scored twice, including Dimitri Payet, who misses out on the final squad due to an injury.

Peru, under manager Ricardo Gareca, came fifth in the CONMEBOL qualification section, level on points with the more fancied Chile but ahead on goal difference. This put them through to the inter-confederation play-off against the OFC’s winning team, New Zealand. Peru won 2-0 at home to seal a 2-0 aggregate win. Edison Flores and skipper Paolo Guerrero scored five goals each for Peru in qualification, but Guerrero will miss Russia 2018 as the result of a drugs ban.

Series: World Cup Tactics

World Cup | Tactical Preview | Group A World Cup | Tactical Preview | Group B World Cup | Tactical Preview | Spain World Cup | Tactical Preview | Group C World Cup | Tactical Preview | Group D World Cup | Tactical Preview | France World Cup | Tactical Preview | Group E World Cup | Tactical Preview | Group F World Cup | Tactics Explained | England’s 3-5-2 World Cup | Tactical Preview | Group G World Cup | Tactical Preview | Group H World Cup | Tactical Preview | Germany World Cup | Tactics Explained | Belgium’s 3-4-2-1 World Cup | Tactics Explained | Why Is Kyle Walker Playing Centre Back World Cup | Tactics Explained | How Portugal Maximise Cristiano Ronaldo’s Influence World Cup | Tactics Explained | Where Should Messi Play For Argentina World Cup | Tactics Explained | Why Iceland Are Better Than You Think World Cup | Tactics Explained | How Did Mexico Beat Germany World Cup | Tactics Explained | Aliou Cisse’s Senegal World Cup | Tactics Explained | How Serbia Can Beat Brazil World Cup | Tactics Explained | Why England Should Beat Belgium World Cup | Tactics Explained | Croatia’s Luka Modric & Ivan Rakatic World Cup | Tactics Explained | Japan’s Inventive 4-2-3-1 World Cup | Tactics Explained | How Switzerland Progressed World Cup | Tactics Explained | The Critics Were Wrong About Russia World Cup | Tactics Explained | How Colombia Could Stop England World Cup | Tactics Explained | Uruguay’s Effective Tactics World Cup | Tactics Explained | What Happened to Two-Man Striker Teams World Cup | Tactical Profile | Kylian Mbappé’s Brilliance World Cup | Tactics Explained | Sweden’s Weaknesses World Cup | Tactics Explained | Raheem Sterling Is Better Than You Think World Cup | Semi-Final Preview | France v Belgium World Cup | Semi-Final Preview | How Can England Beat Croatia World Cup | Final Preview | Croatia v France World Cup | Team Of The Tournament | Russia 2018 World Cup | Final Review | France v Croatia
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