Previous
Aston Villa
Arsenal
0
0
LIVE 8'
Game Details
West Ham United
Liverpool
4:30 PM GMT
Game Details
AC Milan
Juventus
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Deportivo La Coruña
Real Madrid
0
0
LIVE 9'
Game Details
Atletico Madrid
Celta Vigo
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
America
Pachuca
10:00 PM GMT
Game Details
New York Red Bulls
Seattle Sounders FC
11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Los Angeles Galaxy
FC Dallas
2:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Hamburg SV
Bayern Munich
0
0
LIVE 39'
Game Details
Mainz
Borussia Dortmund
4:30 PM GMT
Game Details
New York Red Bulls
Seattle Sounders FC
11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Los Angeles Galaxy
FC Dallas
2:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Queens Park Rangers
Stoke City
2
2
FT
Game Details
Aston Villa
Arsenal
0
0
LIVE 8'
Game Details
Burnley
Sunderland
0
0
LIVE 9'
Game Details
Newcastle United
Hull City
0
0
LIVE 10'
Game Details
Swansea City
Southampton
0
0
LIVE 8'
Game Details
West Ham United
Liverpool
4:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Deportivo La Coruña
Real Madrid
0
0
LIVE 9'
Game Details
Athletic Bilbao
Granada
4:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Atletico Madrid
Celta Vigo
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Espanyol
Malaga
8:00 PM GMT
Game Details
FC Augsburg
Werder Bremen
1
1
LIVE 39'
Game Details
Hamburg SV
Bayern Munich
0
0
LIVE 39'
Game Details
SC Paderborn 07
Hannover 96
0
0
LIVE 39'
Game Details
Schalke 04
Eintracht Frankfurt
0
2
LIVE 39'
Game Details
VfB Stuttgart
TSG Hoffenheim
0
1
LIVE 39'
Game Details
Mainz
Borussia Dortmund
4:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Cesena
Empoli
4:00 PM GMT
Game Details
AC Milan
Juventus
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Marseille
Stade Rennes
3:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Lorient
Stade de Reims
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Metz
Bastia
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Nantes
Nice
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Toulouse
Caen
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Watford
AFC Bournemouth
1
1
FT
Game Details
Brighton & Hove Albion
Blackpool
0
0
LIVE 8'
Game Details
Derby County
Cardiff City
0
0
LIVE 9'
Game Details
Fulham
Blackburn Rovers
0
0
LIVE 7'
Game Details
Leeds United
Huddersfield Town
0
0
LIVE 9'
Game Details
Middlesbrough
Brentford
0
0
LIVE 10'
Game Details
Millwall
Nottingham Forest
0
0
LIVE 7'
Game Details
Norwich City
Birmingham City
0
1
LIVE 8'
Game Details
Rotherham United
Charlton Athletic
0
0
LIVE 6'
Game Details
Sheffield Wednesday
Reading
0
0
LIVE 6'
Game Details
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Bolton Wanderers
0
0
LIVE 6'
Game Details
Colchester United
Bradford City
0
0
LIVE 10'
Game Details
Doncaster Rovers
Chesterfield
1
0
LIVE 8'
Game Details
Fleetwood Town
Bristol City
0
0
LIVE 9'
Game Details
Gillingham
Walsall
0
0
LIVE 11'
Game Details
Milton Keynes Dons
Crewe Alexandra
1
1
LIVE 8'
Game Details
Notts County
Oldham Athletic
0
0
LIVE 8'
Game Details
Port Vale
Barnsley
0
0
LIVE 9'
Game Details
Preston North End
Crawley Town
0
0
LIVE 9'
Game Details
Rochdale
Coventry City
0
0
LIVE 5'
Game Details
Scunthorpe United
Leyton Orient
0
1
LIVE 9'
Game Details
Swindon Town
Sheffield United
0
0
LIVE 6'
Game Details
Yeovil Town
Peterborough United
0
0
LIVE 8'
Game Details
AFC Wimbledon
Morecambe
0
0
LIVE 6'
Game Details
Bury
Burton Albion
0
0
LIVE 8'
Game Details
Cambridge United
Luton Town
0
0
LIVE 7'
Game Details
Cheltenham Town
Dagenham & Redbridge
0
0
LIVE 9'
Game Details
Mansfield Town
Carlisle United
1
0
LIVE 8'
Game Details
Northampton Town
Accrington Stanley
0
0
LIVE 9'
Game Details
Oxford United
Stevenage
0
0
LIVE 7'
Game Details
Plymouth Argyle
Hartlepool United
0
0
LIVE 9'
Game Details
Portsmouth
Wycombe Wanderers
0
0
LIVE 7'
Game Details
Shrewsbury Town
Newport County
0
0
LIVE 8'
Game Details
Tranmere Rovers
Exeter City
0
1
LIVE 8'
Game Details
York City
Southend United
0
1
LIVE 9'
Game Details
Aldershot Town
Lincoln City
0
0
LIVE 9'
Game Details
Alfreton Town
Nuneaton Town
0
0
LIVE 10'
Game Details
Barnet
Altrincham
0
0
LIVE 11'
Game Details
Bristol Rovers
Woking
1
0
LIVE 10'
Game Details
Dartford
Forest Green Rovers
0
0
LIVE 9'
Game Details
Eastleigh
Braintree Town
0
0
LIVE 11'
Game Details
Halifax
AFC Telford United
0
0
LIVE 11'
Game Details
Kidderminster Harriers
Grimsby Town
0
0
LIVE 8'
Game Details
Macclesfield Town
Southport
1
0
LIVE 10'
Game Details
Torquay United
Dover
0
0
LIVE 10'
Game Details
Welling
Gateshead
1
0
LIVE 9'
Game Details
Aberdeen
Ross County
0
0
LIVE 9'
Game Details
Hamilton Academical
Kilmarnock
0
0
LIVE 4'
Game Details
Inverness Caledonian Thistle
St Johnstone
0
0
LIVE 6'
Game Details
Recreativo Huelva
Lugo
0
0
LIVE 0'
Game Details
Barcelona B
Llagostera
4:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Mirandes
Sporting Gijon
4:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Real Zaragoza
Alavés
4:15 PM GMT
Game Details
CD Sabadell
Ponferradina
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Las Palmas
AD Alcorcon
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Bari
Livorno
1
0
LIVE 49'
Game Details
Bologna
Crotone
0
1
LIVE 46'
Game Details
Brescia
Ternana
0
0
LIVE 45'
Game Details
Catania
Modena
0
0
LIVE 45'
Game Details
Cittadella
US Pescara
1
2
LIVE 47'
Game Details
Lanciano
Frosinone
0
3
LIVE 45'
Game Details
Latina
US Avellino
1
1
LIVE 45'
Game Details
Perugia
Vicenza
1
2
LIVE 45'
Game Details
Pro Vercelli
Varese
2
0
LIVE 45'
Game Details
FSV Frankfurt
VfL Bochum
1
5
FT
Game Details
SpVgg Greuther Furth
Kaiserslautern
2
1
FT
Game Details
TSV 1860 Munich
FC Ingolstadt 04
1
1
FT
Game Details
Le Havre AC
Troyes
3
2
FT
Game Details
Excelsior
Dordrecht '90
4:30 PM GMT
Game Details
ADO Den Haag
Go Ahead Eagles
5:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Vitesse Arnhem
Heerenveen
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Roda JC Kerkrade
Jong Ajax
2:30 PM GMT
Game Details
NEC Nijmegen
FC Emmen VV
5:45 PM GMT
Game Details
RKC Waalwijk
FC Volendam
5:45 PM GMT
Game Details
FC Penafiel
Vitoria Setubal
3:00 PM GMT
Game Details
CD Nacional de Madeira
Braga
7:15 PM GMT
Game Details
FC Ufa
Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast
0
1
FT
Game Details
Rostov
Zenit St Petersburg
0
5
FT
Game Details
Kuban Krasnodar
FK Rubin Kazan
2
1
LIVE 48'
Game Details
Spartak Moscow
Terek Grozny
4:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Erciyesspor
Akhisar Belediye
2:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Balikesirspor
Galatasaray
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Mersin Idmanyurdu
Caykur Rizespor
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Rapid Vienna
Wolfsberger AC
2:00 PM GMT
Game Details
SV Josko Ried
SK Sturm Graz
4:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Brommapojkarna
BK Hacken
0
0
LIVE 0'
Game Details
Falkenbergs FF
Orebro SK
0
0
LIVE 0'
Game Details
Bodo/Glimt
Stromsgodset
0
1
LIVE 4'
Game Details
Valerenga
Molde
4:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Sligo
Drogheda Utd
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Portland Timbers
Vancouver Whitecaps
9:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Philadelphia Union
Houston Dynamo
11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Columbus Crew
New England Revolution
11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Montreal Impact
San Jose Earthquakes
11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
New York Red Bulls
Seattle Sounders FC
11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Chicago Fire
DC United
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Los Angeles Galaxy
FC Dallas
2:30 AM GMT
Game Details
America
Pachuca
10:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Puebla
Chiapas
ESPNDeportes 10:00 PM GMT
Game Details
U.A.N.L
U. de G.
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
León
Veracruz
1:06 AM GMT
Game Details
Atlas
Cruz Azul
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Atlanta Silverbacks
Ottawa Fury FC
11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Carolina RailHawks
New York Cosmos
11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Fort Lauderdale Strikers
Indy Eleven
11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
San Antonio Scorpions
Minnesota United FC
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Estudiantes La Plata
Gimnasia La Plata
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Olimpo de Bahía Blanca
Belgrano de Córdoba
7:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Vélez Sarsfield
Atletico Rafaela
11:10 PM GMT
Game Details
Altamira
Lobos BUAP
11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Mérida
Zacatepec
11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
At. San Luis
Celaya
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Irapuato
Correcaminos
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Oaxaca
Necaxa
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Atletico Paranaense
Internacional
9:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Criciúma
Botafogo
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
AA Ponte Preta
Oeste
7:10 PM GMT
Game Details
CR Vasco da Gama
Náutico
7:10 PM GMT
Game Details
Joinville
Goianiense
7:10 PM GMT
Game Details
Sampaio Correa-MA
ABC
7:10 PM GMT
Game Details
Santa Cruz FC
Icasa
7:10 PM GMT
Game Details
Vila Nova-GO
América Mineiro
7:10 PM GMT
Game Details
Boa MG
Paraná Clube
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Bragantino
Luverdense
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Sud América
Cerro
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
El Tanque Sisley
Peñarol
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Boyacá Chicó FC
Deportivo Pasto
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Deportes Tolima
Atlético Huila
9:00 PM GMT
Game Details
La Equidad
Once Caldas
10:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Millonarios
Atlético Junior
11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Independiente Medellín
Patriotas F.C.
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Sport Huancayo
Real Garcilaso
3:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Unión Comercio
UTC
5:45 PM GMT
Game Details
León de Huánuco
Juan Aurich
8:00 PM GMT
Game Details
César Vallejo
San Simón
10:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Deportivo Capiatá
3 de Febrero
7:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Cerro Porteño
Sportivo Luqueño
9:10 PM GMT
Game Details
Manta F.C.
Deportivo Quito
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Independiente del Valle
U. Católica
Postp
Game Details
Dep. Metropolitano
Deportivo Lara
11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
The Strongest
Blooming
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Universitario de Sucre
Club Petrolero de Yacuiba
9:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Gamba Osaka
Cerezo Osaka
2
0
FT
Game Details
Kashima Antlers
Yokohama F. Marinos
1
0
FT
Game Details
Kawasaki Frontale
FC Tokyo
0
0
FT
Game Details
Sagan Tosu
Vegalta Sendai
2
1
FT
Game Details
Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Albirex Niigata
2
0
FT
Game Details
Tokushima Vortis
Omiya Ardija
0
2
FT
Game Details
Urawa Red Diamonds
Kashiwa Reysol
3
1
FT
Game Details
Vissel Kobe
Shimizu S-Pulse
3
1
FT
Game Details
Next

WhoScored: Cesc driving Chelsea on

Tactics And Analysis 2 days ago
Read

Whoscored: Welbeck's chance to prove himself

Arsenal Sep 11, 2014
Read

WhoScored: Five to watch in qualifiers

Tactics And Analysis Sep 4, 2014
Read

WhoScored: Is Di Maria enough for Man Utd?

Tactics And Analysis Aug 28, 2014
Read

WhoScored: Zabaleta-Sterling a key battle

Tactics And Analysis Aug 22, 2014
Read

WhoScored: Arsenal's midfield issue

Tactics And Analysis Aug 8, 2014
Read
Jul 1, 2014

Tactics Board: USA defend deep; versatile Di Maria

USA
The USA were pushed into a defensive effort against Belgium.

BELGIUM 2-1 UNITED STATES

It was one of the great rearguard actions of the World Cup. Belgium's quest for a goal lasted 93 minutes and the United States defended defiantly. The sheer volume of clearances made by Jurgen Klinsmann's team -- and centre-backs Omar Gonzalez and Matt Besler in particular -- was testament to their organisation and spirit, but also indicates the amount of pressure they were under.

The United States actually have quite a high defensive line; indeed, some of Belgium's chances came from Divock Origi and his replacement Romelu Lukaku running in behind it. But a pitch map of the Americans' 70 clearances shows how many were made from an area between 6 and 18 yards from their goal (and it is also worth remembering Tim Howard is a goalkeeper who comes off his line to claim crosses, so it could have been even more). That was how far back they were forced.

It is significant that many of the red blobs are in the centre and left of the American defence, which indicates how often the ball was coming in from the opposite flank, Belgium's left. This was the key battleground for much of the game, a contest with distinct similarities for the two sides. Both full-backs raided forward; both were troubled defensively because their winger didn't track back. DeAndre Yedlin imitated Fabian Johnson when the United States' first-choice right-back went off with an injury, while Jan Vertonghen cemented his reputation as one of the foremost attacking left-backs in the competition.

Vertonghen had Eden Hazard stationed in front of him and he isn't expected to defend. The USA's problem was that Graham Zusi failed to assist Yedlin and gave Vertonghen free rein of the flank. As 4-2-3-1 played 4-2-3-1, it meant he -- and one centre-back -- were in effect the spare men for Belgium when they were in possession.

The Tottenham player had 98 touches, the most of anyone on the pitch, and the majority were in the American half. Yet the same is true of Yedlin, too, who was on the ball more in Belgian territory. He had difficulties, however, when Kevin de Bruyne and Hazard swapped positions for extra time and the Wolfsburg man, advancing into vacant space on the American right, set up Lukaku for the second goal.

	Di Maria
Angel Di Maria's crossing map shows he played on both flanks in a game when he occupied several different positions.

ARGENTINA 1-0 SWITZERLAND

Angel Di Maria's eventful day ended when he scored the winner. By then he was playing as the right winger in a 4-2-4 formation. He began on the left in 4-4-2, a sign of the many changes Argentina made in their search for a breakthrough.

Di Maria was relocated in virtually every one of manager Alejandro Sabella's rethinks: he swapped with Ezequiel Lavezzi to go on the right in 4-4-2. Then, when the Paris Saint-Germain man joined the forward line in a 4-3-1-2, Di Maria was on the left of the midfield trio. He then became the right winger in 4-2-1-3 before eventually Lionel Messi joined Di Maria, Gonzalo Higuain and Rodrigo Palacio to form a quartet in attack.

The problem was that, despite the many formations, Argentina's tactics seemed two-dimensional: either they gave the ball to Messi or they crossed. Argentina delivered 52 crosses, the most in this World Cup. Di Maria was responsible for 19 of them, finding a teammate only four times. A map of where his crosses came from highlights that he spent similar amounts of time on either flank.

Argentina's wing play was notable, too, because for most of the match, their most effective attacker on the sides was left-back Marcos Rojo. Their full-backs had received too little protection against Nigeria, when Pablo Zabaleta was troubled by Ahmed Musa, and Lavezzi began stationed in front of him.

Yet when they moved to 4-3-1-2 and 4-2-1-3, Rojo relished the space in front of him, overlapping effectively and forcing a Swiss substitution as, with right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner exposed, Granit Xhaka was replaced by Gelson Fernandes. Switzerland had concentrated on the centre of the pitch, looking to crowd out Messi -- something Gokhan Inler and Valon Behrami did particularly doggedly -- until Rojo stretched the game.

Valbuena
Mathieu Valbuena found space in the inside-right position for France.

FRANCE 2-0 NIGERIA

Mathieu Valbuena helped create both of France's goals, taking the corner for Paul Pogba's opener and sending in the low cross for Joseph Yobo's own goal. France's most creative player was also their busiest. He had 86 touches, more than anyone else.

It is rare a forward or attacking midfielder has that distinction. A scatter chart of Valbuena's touches shows his role in the side. France play a variant of 4-3-3 that doesn't have genuine natural width, apart from the full-backs: Valbuena is more of a No. 10 while his left-sided counterpart, Karim Benzema, was a striker who flourished when moved infield after Olivier Giroud was substituted.

Valbuena spends some time near the touchline, but often vacates that area for the overlapping Mathieu Debuchy; as his immediate opponent was Ahmed Musa, who had excelled on Nigeria's left wing against Pablo Zabaleta in Nigeria's previous game, it was a risky move.

Where Valbuena likes to play, however, is between the lines. His ability to find space in the inside-right position, eluding Nigeria's defensive midfielders, led to Benzema having a shot cleared off the line. On the comparatively few times he took up an outside-right position -- apart from taking corners -- he illustrated his crossing ability, with both the ball when Paul Pogba had a first-half volley saved and the centre for France's injury-time goal.

The difficulty for any opponent facing France lies in the question of who picks up Valbuena: he roams between a full-back, a wide midfielder and a central midfielder's sphere of influence. The other problem for defensive midfielders is that Didier Deschamps uses two box-to-box runners, in Pogba and Blaise Matuidi, who make lateral runs. They utilise power, while Valbuena has more delicacy, and Nigeria's case was hindered when they lost Ogenyi Onazi, the left-sided holding midfielder, to injury. Valbuena found more space thereafter.

neuer
Manuel Neuer had to come out of his penalty area to act as a sweeper because Germany played a high defensive line.

ALGERIA 1-2 GERMANY

Manuel Neuer almost redefined the nature of goalkeeping. If the notion of a sweeper-keeper is not new, it is rarely as pronounced. The German goalkeeper was his side's most reliable defender. His scatter chart indicates how many times he came out of his penalty area, and that some were up to 20 yards outside it. Of his 59 touches, 21 came outside the 18-yard box; both statistics, unsurprisingly, were the most of any goalkeeper at this World Cup.

Germany's was a needlessly risky strategy -- Neuer was one mistimed tackle or misplaced clearance away from a goal or a red card -- and it was one that was created by a perfect storm. Germany had a high defensive line, poor organisation at the back, a slow centre-back in Per Mertesacker, and they faced a quick, counterattacking Algeria team.

Germany's group games, particularly against Ghana, illustrated that quick forwards can catch them on the break. The strange element was that Germany adopted even higher starting positions -- there were times when both centre-backs were in the Algeria half -- and it almost cost them. Algeria had the ideal striker, with the fast Islam Slimani, to run into the space behind them.

Germany struggled in particular on the right half of the back four, where the rookie Shkodran Mustafi and the one-paced Mertesacker were paired, partly because Slimani spent more time there, and they also had issues with both full-backs. Their back four are all central defenders by trade and their full-backs, unlike counterparts at some other countries, don't bomb on all the time. Nevertheless, Algeria used the pace of El Arabi Soudani and Sofiane Feghouli to exploit the positional uncertainty of Mustafi and Benedikt Howedes respectively. It is notable from Neuer's touch map that he had to make diagonal runs out of his penalty area to cover for the full-backs.