World Cup Tactics : Chapter 5

WRITTEN BY ALEX STEWART PRODUCED BY TIFO STUDIOS

Argentina qualified in third place in the CONMEBOL round robin, but their 19 goals scored was lower than all but one team of the ten, Bolivia. Only Brazil conceded fewer, though. The world’s best, Lionel Messi, scored seven of Argentina’s 19.

Croatia qualified as runners-up in Group I, which also featured their World Cup Group D opponents Iceland, who topped the group. Croatia then saw off Greece 4-1 on aggerate in the play-offs, with five goals in the process for Mario Mandzukic of Juventus; Fiorentina’s Nikola Kalinic and Hoffenheim’s Andrej Kramaric scored three each.

Iceland will be hoping that their UEFA qualification set the tone for this group, as they topped Group I which also featured Croatia. They beat their Group D opponents 1-0 at home, lost away, but four goals from Gylfi Sigurdsson and three from Alfred Finnbogason saw the 2016 Euro’s surprise package safely through to Russia.

Nigeria comfortably topped a very tough CAF Group B, seeing off Zambia, Cameroon, and Algeria to progress to Russia. Chelsea’s Victor Moses top-scored with three, while Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi and Leicester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho netted twice.

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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