An in-depth analysis of Spain, their possession-based style of football and how Vicente Del Bosque may set up his side for their Group B clash with the Socceroos
A fascinating tactical battle saw Louis Van Gaal start with his side’s unorthodox 3-4-1-2 formation, but was eventually forced to switch a back four due to Australia’s clever, intense pressing
The Dutch have deployed an unusual 3-4-1-2 formation at this World Cup, creating one of the more fascinating tactical battles at this tournament
Chile stormed into an early lead by overloading the flanks, but Australia were able to mount a second half comeback by exploiting their weakness at the back
Australia and Chile meet at the World Cup forty-two years after their first clash.
Even after only three games in charge, Ange Postecoglou’s footballing footprint is clearly imprinted upon the new-look Socceroos.
Australia’s draw for the 2014 World Cup places them in the widely accepted ‘Group of Death’, alongside the two finalists from 2010 and the exciting, up and coming ‘dark horses’, Chile.
Tim Cahill’s headed goal from a corner made a 1-0 win over Costa Rica a ‘typical Socceroos’ result, but there were wider, more significant changes to the side’s overall style of play.
Brazil scored three goals in each half for a comprehensive victory.
Australia took the lead through Jamie MacLaren but failed to win for the third consecutive match.