World Cup Tactics : Chapter 7

WRITTEN BY ALEX STEWART PRODUCED BY TIFO STUDIOS

Brazil qualified with real confidence from the CONMEBOL section, losing only their first game away in Chile before going unbeaten, scoring the most goals with 41 and conceding the fewest, 11.

Costa Rica topped their fourth round group in CONCACAF qualifying, going through to the ‘Hex’ with Panama. The ‘Hex’, a six team final round, saw Costa Rica come second behind Mexico, with both teams comfortably ahead of the chasing pack. Christian Bolanos and Marco Urena top-scored for Costa Rica with four goals.

Serbia did well to top a tough group featuring the Republic of Ireland and Euro 2016’s surprise package Wales, as well as a strong, if uninspiring, Austrian team, who were the only side to beat the Serbs. Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic top scored in the group with six goals, while Southampton’s Dusan Tadic netted four.

Switzerland came an expected second to Portugal in UEFA’s Group B in qualifying on goal difference, seeing off three much weaker teams and Hungary, the only side who might have pushed them; the 14 point gap between the top two and Hungary in third was the largest in any UEFA qualification group, though, showing the gulf in quality between the sides. Switzerland then beat Northern Ireland 1-0 on aggregate in the play-off round with a penalty from Ricardo Rodriguez the difference. Haris Seferovic top-scored for the Swiss with four.

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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