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Hege Riise shuffles Team GB pack and comes up with winning hand

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The manager’s switch of tactics and personnel secured victory over Japan and qualification for the Olympic knockout stage

Perhaps the most pleasing aspect of Team GB’s progression to the knockout stage of the Olympics following their 1-0 victory over Japan was that when the plan faltered there was a back-up.

Manager Hege Riise had resorted to a more defensive midfield against the hosts, with Wales’s Sophie Ingle partnering England’s Keira Walsh in an attempt to limit the spaces where their technically-superior opponents are most potent. To a certain extent the strategy worked in that Team GB kept the ball and a clean sheet (although the finishing of Asako Takaura’s side was also questionable), but the attacking fluidity the team displayed in their first game against Chile was sacrificed.

Continue reading…The manager’s switch of tactics and personnel secured victory over Japan and qualification for the Olympic knockout stagePerhaps the most pleasing aspect of Team GB’s progression to the knockout stage of the Olympics following their 1-0 victory over Japan was that when the plan faltered there was a back-up.Manager Hege Riise had resorted to a more defensive midfield against the hosts, with Wales’s Sophie Ingle partnering England’s Keira Walsh in an attempt to limit the spaces where their technically-superior opponents are most potent. To a certain extent the strategy worked in that Team GB kept the ball and a clean sheet (although the finishing of Asako Takaura’s side was also questionable), but the attacking fluidity the team displayed in their first game against Chile was sacrificed. Continue reading…