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Old June 15, 2014, 09:32 AM
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Originally Posted by shaad
Sohel, Japan's consistency in attack and pace seemed to fade considerably as the match went further. And they seemed to press less and less. This could be an issue of CIV gradually finding their flow as the match went on, but could also be an effect of stamina.
They didn't look tired to me at all even when they stopped attacking. They were defending in numbers with incredible energy, and it took two brilliant crosses to break through that wall. They repelled everything else.

I think they were forced into their own zone by a far superior team that finally settled in, and found itself the minute Drogba stepped onto the field. He's only at 60% but his mere presence woke them up. Both CIV and Ghana have finishing issues, but are Cup contenders from defense to top of the mid-field. They can win the Cup once they produce quality finishers like Neymar, Oscar, Fred, Messi, Higuain, Suarez, C. Ronaldo, Torres, Van Persie, Klose etc.

They've only produced two world class finishers from their continent of late. Eto'o has been slowed down by too many matches and age, and an aging Drogba injured and at 60%. Cameroon has many other issues and aren't the class of Ghana or CIV.
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