Jesus scores without touching the ball

While #Paulinho makes a great run and #Coutinho pulls off a magnificent pass, the key move is made by #Jesus. His off the ball movement stretches the defensive unit creating space for the runner from deep.  A brief video analysis focusing on individual movement from Brazil striker that allows Coutinho to show his brilliance.

 

ICELAND – Goal kick as a set piece

Since the start of World Cup Qualifications in September 2016, Iceland scored 16 goals from set pieces. That is 41% of all their goals. In defensive phase, they are hard working and compact using 4-4-2 defensive shape. On offense, they are extremely vertical, counter-attacking team.

Apart from Sigurdsson, Iceland lacks technical ability and the team plays to their other strengths. Physical strength, height, speed, teamwork and work rate. Due to lack of technical skills, Iceland is heavily oriented towards set pieces. Their long throw-ins and corner kicks have been extensively analysed. Goal kicks frequently pass under the radar as rarely they are treated as a possible threat to the opposition.

Iceland takes them seriously and looks to take the most out of them. Here’s a brief analysis of their direct play from the back.