World Cup Tactics : Chapter 11

WRITTEN BY ALEX STEWART PRODUCED BY TIFO STUDIOS

Colombia were the fourth-placed side in CONMEBOL qualifying, finishing behind Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina; they were only a point behind Sampaoli’s side, too, and scored more goals. James Rodriguez, who has re-established himself as a world class central midfielder at Bayern Munich this season, led the scoring charts for Jose Pekerman’s side with six goals.

AFC qualifying pitted Japan against Syria and others, including Afghanistan, in the second round’s Group E; Japan comfortably won the group, only dropping points in a 0-0 draw at home to Singapore. They then progressed to Russia with a solid performance to top Group B in the third round, taking first ahead of Saudi Arabia and Australia. Pachuca and former AC Milan midfielder Keisuke Honda scored seven in qualifying, and Shinji Kagawa netted six.

Poland topped Group E of UEFA’s qualifying section and Robert Lewandowski scored 16 goals, the joint highest in World Cup qualifying overall, as his side came through a tough group, losing only to Denmark in Copenhagen and drawing with Kazakhstan in Astana. Poland’s next best goal scorer was Hull City’s Kamil Grosicki with three; Lewandowski, who was once again the Bundesliga’s top scorer, netted almost 60% of Poland’s goals.

Senegal, the darlings of 2002 when they defeated the champions of 1998, France, saw off Madagascar in a two-legged second round of CAF qualifying 5-2, before topping Group D, defeating 2017’s AFCON third place Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, and South Africa. Senegal had a lot of top scorers – Mame Biram Diouf, Cheikh N’Doye, Diafra Sakho, Sadio Mane – but they only netted twice each.

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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