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WATCH Netherlands Tactical Changes Against Mexico Result in World Cup Win [VIDEO]

Watch the following tactical analysis video to discover what changes Holland made during the game that had a profound outcome on the final result of the World Cup Round of 16 match.

Controversies aside, there were several key changes that Louis Van Gaal made that changed the game as well as the change that backfired for Mexico coach Miguel Herrera.

Watch the video for the Netherlands-Mexico game below. And if you enjoy this one, watch the other ones for Germany-USA and Chile-Spain. And subscribe to the World Soccer Talk YouTube channel for more videos.

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  1. Rob

    June 30, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    Nice analysis. Not quite right, though. K. Bertonsworth pointed out what happened when NdJ had to be subbed.

    Later, the Dutch did change to 4-3-3 as you pointed out with Depay coming on, moving Kuyt from LWB to RB and Robben from LF to RW, after the Mexican goal. That improved Dutch possession but didn’t lead to any real chances. After the Mexico changes (taking off Dos Santos as an outlet was a big mistake) and the RvP sub for Huntelaar the Dutch briefly changed to something like a 3-3-4 with Kuyt and Huntelaar as the two strikers with Robben and Depay as RM/W and LM/W. Mexico couldn’t cope with the long balls to the two stickers and the wingers crosses which resulted in a (relatively) massive amount of corners. Eventually Sneijder scored from one of them (won by Kuyt pressing the Mexican LB). After the 1-1 the Dutch changed back to 4-3-3 with Kuyt back in RB, Robben at RW and Depay LW.

    Well… we all saw what happened next… (although we cannot seem to agree on what that actually was)

  2. Marc

    June 30, 2014 at 11:20 am

    This is awesome, thank you. Why don’t we get this kind of analysis on the TV coverage? I guess it might be difficult during the game but it shouldn’t be if the commentators know they’re stuff. At the very least we should be able to get it in post-game analysis but we rarely do. Instead it’s all about “how hard they played” or “who wanted it more”. I think this type of breakdown would be interesting and allow for more educated viewing.

  3. K. Bertonsworth

    June 29, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    Great analysis the only thing I disagree with is Netherlands were in a 3-5-2 with Kuyt as a wing back from the off, even before the De Jong injury. The match up in midfield was De Jong vs. Herrera, Wijnaldum vs. Guardado and Sneijder vs Salcido; and it was 3 v. 2 at the back- Blind, Vlaar, de Vrij vs Peralta and dos Santos. Netherlands didn’t change anything tactically when NDJ came off, just put Martins Indi in Blind’s left center back position and moved Blind to NDJ’s spot as a defensive midfielder- midfield match ups were the same. As you point out the introduction of Depay and switch to 4 at the back, and Mexico’s introduction of Aquino and switch to 5-4-1 were big. Peralta, then later Hernandez, were both isolated after that and Mexico couldn’t offer any threat on the break. They simply gave possession back to netherlands and had to defend wave after wave of attack

    • Earl Reed

      June 29, 2014 at 11:16 pm

      Perhaps, there’s always a lot of interpretation with these things. Kuyt is often further forward, but then again if you think of it more of a 3-5-2 than a 5-3-2, that makes sense. Thanks for the input!

  4. Flyvanescence

    June 29, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    Welcome back Earl. Ive missed your work on the site.

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