ANALYSIS: Werner wide impact shows the folly of Sané snub

Alan O’Brien 

On this evidence, Germany’s problems are far from resolved. A win, of course, is a win. But Sweden, like Mexico before them, should have been out of sight before the Nationalmannschaft‘s second-half resurgence.

The “quicker defensive transitions” Joachim Low called for on Friday were not evident. Nor, for the most part, was the art of “getting attackers in behind Sweden’s defence.” For there was no space behind Sweden’s massed ranks. Nor, for that matter, was there any space between them: Low’s stubbornly narrow shape saw to that. Continue reading

DAY FOUR ANALYSIS: Neymar gets nobbled, El Tri transitions triumph and Serbs suppress El Ticos

Alan O’Brien 

Read on for bitesize analysis of Sunday’s three World Cup games: Continue reading