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From match-day 3 the formations utilized by Victor Piţurcă of Romania and his opposite number Raymond Domenech of France will be examined but first scores from Day 3 including match statistics.

Day Three Group C Results

Romania 0 - 0 France
Holland 3 - 0 Italy

Romania vs France

Victor Piţurcă utilized the 4-3-2-1 formation for the Romania camp (see diagram below), Often used by Milan with Kaka and Seedorf supporting a lone striker it is a very defensive structure forcing play out to the flanks.

This formation has been used with success in tournament play for example, France in 98 World Cup, and AC Milan in 06-07 Champions League.

Raymond Domenech utilized the 4-4-1-1 formation for the French camp today. It is a typical counter attacking formation and is similar to 4-4-2, only that one of the strikers drops into the hole, linking with the midfield and attacks in a playmaking role. Concentration in back field allows the formation to absorb the opponent’s attack till a deadly counter attack can take place. eight of the eleven player can technically become strike elements with wing-backs in position as right and left-back.

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