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Cameroon vs. Brazil: Tactical Preview of World Cup Group A Match

FORTALEZA, BRAZIL - JUNE 17:  Paulinho of Brazil takes on Andres Guardado of Mexico during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Mexico at Castelao on June 17, 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Sam TigheWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterJune 23, 2014

The final set of FIFA World Cup 2014 group games is upon us—where on earth did the time go?

Here we analyse Cameroon vs. Brazil: a match in which the latter must win to guarantee they qualify first from Group A.

 

Cameroon

Cameroon will complete their shambolic World Cup by attempting to spoil the hosts' party; if you don't think they've got the steel to do it, you're not alone.

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Alex Song's red card and Samuel Eto'o's continued injury issues may force at least two changes, but at least Joel Matip, Stephane M'Bia, Benjamin Moukandjo and Vincent Aboubakar impressed in patches against Croatia.

We could see serious rotation inside the 4-3-3 shell, with Benoit Assou-Ekotto a contender to duck out after essentially picking a fight with Moukandjo close to the end of the last game.

Henri Bedimo, Allan Nyom and Jean Makoun are contenders to come in.

 

Brazil

Luiz Felipe Scolari rarely changes anything, so things such as "selection dilemmas" don't really keep him up at night.

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Hulk, Luiz Gustavo and Neymar are carrying knocks ahead of the clash that could force a change, but the potential stand-ins—namely Fernandinho and Willian—are top quality and barely represent a step down (if at all).

The 4-2-3-1 is here to stay, no doubt, but Felipao may choose to reorganise his advanced midfield three yet again.

The biggest concern is the form of Paulinho and Marcelo. The former's poor showings are hindering Oscar's ability through the centre, while the latter's are affecting Neymar.

 

2 Tactical Clashes

1. Width

Brazil's easiest route to goal will be via the flanks, as Cameroon invariably pack the middle with powerful, muscular central midfielders who have decent recovery pace.

This is where Willian, should he play, could come in serious handy, as he'll have any of the Indomitable Lions' choices at left-back on toast within minutes of the game starting.

It may not be sexy, but crosses to Fred could be the way to sink Cameroon. They're not going to attack the Selecao like they did against Croatia.

Aboubakar & Moukando take-ons vs. Croatia.
Aboubakar & Moukando take-ons vs. Croatia.Squawka.com

 

2. Space Behind Marcelo

Aboubakar and Moukandjo attacked the space behind Danijel Pranjic superbly in the opening exchanges of Cameroon vs. Croatia.

Dejan Lovren was forced over to cover his beaten colleague and frequently got dumped on his behind, with Aboubakar in particular impressing with immense pace, power and skill.

The two can combine if they can find space behind Marcelo too, with M'Bia the perfect candidate to play one raking pass in behind on the turnover.

 

Bleacher Report will do a tactical preview and review of every single 2014 FIFA World Cup game. Stay tuned to this link and check it every day for more.

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