Most used scheme in the first round of World Cup was 4-2-3-1
Only two teams used five defenders' line
Tite's Brazil played 4-1-4-1 against Switzerland and did not break the tie Credit: Lucas Figueiredo / CBF / Press Release / CPPeople's Mail - CitiesThe first round of the 2018 World Cup group stage ended on Tuesday with Group H matches. The People's Mail surveyed the tactical schemes used by the 32 teams. 4-2-3-1 was the most used, being adopted by 12 teams.The Russian World Cup had little tactical variation in the first round.Another 13 teams used schemes that can be considered variations of 4-2-3-1, 4-4-2 in rows (used by seven teams), 4-1-4-1 (adopted by five teams) and 4-4-1-1 (one team).The line-up of five defenders that caused so much concern for Brazilian coach Tite after a friendly draw with England was used by only two teams.Apart from the English, only Costa Rica has adopted this defensive formation.One team, Belgium, used a line of three defenders in offensive 3-4-2-1 of coach Roberto Martínez.••• Check out the user schemes for each selection...
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