Copa América day #4: Uruguay attacking corners

On day 4 of Copa America I’m looking at the Argentina vs Uruguay game. These two former champions have incredible individual players and it always going to be a tight affair for. Argentina came on top and won 1-0 via a goal by Guido Rodriguez.

In this analysis I will look at the attacking corner routines from Uruguay in their game against Argentina, and look at how successful they were at confusing the Argentina defence.

In the video you above you see Uruguay having an attacking corner from the right. The ball is kicked by a right-footed player, meaning the ball will swing out rather than in. The ball will be delivered between the six-yard box and the penalty spot and therefore the runners will adapt to that delivery.

Uruguay play against Argentina’s three player zonal structure and have one player in the six-yard box, and one player just outside the box. On the penalty sport there are three runners who will make their way into the six-yard box. On the edge of the penalty area we see two players, one to attack the cleared balls and one player to guard the rest defence.

As soon as the corner is taken, we see that the player in the six-yard box moves to the near post. He is joined by a player form three runners, making two units of two: one on the near post and one in the goalkeeper zone. At the back there is another player. This means that all the zones are occupied and when the delivery comes to the goalkeeper zone, Uruguay could potentially be very dangerous.

In the video you above you see Uruguay having an attacking corner from the left. The ball is kicked by a right-footed player, meaning the ball will swing in rather than out. The ball will be delivered near the six-yard box and therefore the runners will adapt to that delivery.

Argentina have a four player zonal structure with two man-makers who defend the two Uruguay player in the six-yard box. We have another player standing outside the six-yard box at the far post, who occupies that particular zone. In the middle there are three runners who will make their way into the six-yard box. Outside the penalty area we have to players who are tasked with rest defence in case of a counter-attack.

The ball is delivered deep to the far post and the idea is that that player will head the ball into the goalkeeper zone for the three runners to attack, but in this case Argentina can clear the ball and another corner will be taken.

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