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Ireland 2-0 Bosnia: O'Neill persists with diamond formation that sparked Ireland's dramatic reversal in fortunes

One year and two days ago, the Republic of Ireland lost away to Scotland by a single goal. The nation’s chances of even securing a playoff looked remote at best. 1,154 more words


Bosnia 1-1 Ireland: Ireland withstand barrage on left-flank to take the edge

Mehmed Bazdarevic, manager of Bosnia-Herzegovina, had clearly done his homework. Recordings of Ireland’s recent visit to Warsaw would have revealed a fragile Irish left-flank, that crumbled in the face of Polish probing to deny Ireland automatic passage to next summer’s European Championship finals in France. 952 more words


Bayern Munich 5-1 Arsenal: Guardiola tactical tweaks lead to Bayern rout

Arsenal’s 2-0 victory at home to Bayern Munich a fortnight ago was built on the foundation of a solid defence, married to a relentless counter-attacking determination to prevail upon the German champions’ poor defensive transitions. 998 more words


Arsenal 2-1 Everton: Gunners top table despite naive game-management

Arsene Wenger deservedly received plaudits here and elsewhere in midweek for taking a pragmatic approach to his pre-match preparations for Bayern Munich. 832 more words


Poland 2-1 Ireland: Left-sided defensive weakness and absence of Hoolahan guile condemns Irish to playoff

In a pug-ugly, scrappy game, in which neither nation could seemingly manage to string two passes together, Ireland fell victim to a calamitous performance from the left-side of their defence – and only remained in touch to the end thanks to an extremely fortunate penalty decision in their favour. 577 more words


Tactical Analysis: Manchester City 1-2 West Ham United

West Ham surprised us as they managed to beat Manchester City at City’s Etihad Stadium. Some said it was down to luck on Slaven Bilic’s side, as they saw City dominated the midfield and created a lot of promising chances. 1,638 more words

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Manchester United 4-2 Manchester City: Reds ruthless on left flank

Manchester United 4-2 Manchester City (Young 14″, Fellaini 27″, Mata 67″, Smalling 73″; Agüero 8″ 89″).

The Manchester clubs continued their late season form as United comprehensively defeated a City side who have given up their title defence. 640 more words