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FIFA World Cup - Japan Offensive Phase Attacking Structure



🚨 Analysis of Japan's come from behind win against Germany in the first group game of the World Cup:


📝 At halftime, Japan switched to a 1-3-4-3 formation which was in reality a 1-3-2-5. The idea was to attack the German backline of four with five Japanese attackers. This resulted in them having numerical advantage up front (5v4) but having numerical disadvantage in midfield (2v3), and being left to defend with equal numbers (3v3) in the back when normally you would like to defend with one more player than attackers.


It was a risk but a needed one as Japan were down 1-0 with fifteen minutes left to play and eventually came back to win 1-2.


🎯 Offensive Attacking Structure of 1-3-2-5 vs. 1-4-2-3-1


👉 Equal numbers in defense (3v3)

❌ Numerical disadvantage in midfield (2v3)

✅ Numerical advantage in attack (5v4)



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Guillermo Hamdan Zaragoza

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