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Expert panel praises Belgium’s tactical approach

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MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Thursday on the World Cup (all instances native):

three:45 p.m.

Belgium outwitting Brazil within the quarterfinals has been hailed by means of FIFA’s skilled panel as the most productive tactical luck on the World Cup.

A 2-1 win in Kazan used to be constructed on Belgium’s spectacular first part. Midfielder Kevin De Bruyne scored after being given a extra attacking and central position, and ahead Romelu Lukaku performed wider to the fitting.

Praising Belgium’s tactical flexibility, FIFA technical find out about staff member Andy Roxburgh says “the way they approached that game, the way (coach) Roberto Martinez set them up was fantastic.”

Roxburgh says the World Cup showcased “incredible variety” of nationwide types in spite of maximum stars enjoying in Europe.

The former Scotland trainer says: “Yes, we’ve got globalization, yes, the influence of the Champions League on players, but all of these players have been brought up within their own country so they have a certain mentality about them.”

The affect of Pep Guardiola’s training philosophy used to be observed around the event, Roxburgh says.

Teams appreciated “high intensity pressing” of fighters with gamers appearing “speed of action and speed of thought.”

Roxburgh praises England as “like the kings of the corner kick” at a event the place groups paid particular consideration to set performs.


three:00 p.m.

FIFA’s technical director Marco van Basten says Neymar wishes to chop down on theatrics after the Brazil superstar changed into a butt of jokes international.

Van Basten says diving and simulating harm is “not a good attitude” and works towards Neymar and his crew.

The Netherlands nice suggests “if you are acting too much I think everybody will understand that it’s not going to help you. I think he personally should understand his situation.”

Neymar used to be calculated to have spent nearly 14 mins at the turf injured or simulating harm all the way through Brazil’s 5 World Cup video games, from time to time dramatically rolling over at the flooring sooner than coming to a prevent.

It began a development in on-line movies of youngster football groups practising faking harm when their trainer known as out Neymar’s identify.

Van Basten used to be requested about Neymar at a FIFA briefing inspecting techniques and technical talents on the World Cup.

He says Neymar “makes people laugh so also I think that’s a positive thing. It’s always nice if we have some humor in the game.”

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