Set piece analysis: FC St. Gallen’s attacking corners

Swiss football is truly amazing. It always feel like a bit of an acquired taste or for the more hardcore fans, but it’s truly amazing. In this article I will have a look at St. Gallen playing in the Swiss Superleague. I will focus on their attacking corners.

The attacking corners are so important for teams to make an impact and it can give you a clear chance of scoring if done correctly. In this analysis I will analyse the successful corner routines which resulted in a goal for St. Gallen. The video footage is from Wyscout.

FC St. Gallen vs Basel

In the video above we see St. Gallen in their game against FC Basel. They have a corner from the right and it’s taken by a right-footed player, meaning the ball will swing out away from the goal, rather than swing in towards the goalkeeper. FC Basel employs a two-player zonal structure combined with a single man-marker.

St. Gallen have one player in the six-yard box who is marked. There are two players outside the penalty area who are tasked with making something of the cleared balls but are also tasked with forming the first line of rest-defence in the case of a counter-attack. On the penalty spot, we have one player, and behind that, we have a unit of three players who will make runs into the six-yard box.

As soon as the ball is kicked we see that the player in the six-yard box, as well as the player on the penalty on the spot – move to the near post zone. While one player goes deeper away from the goal, the other remain in that area and is joined by one from the unit. The other go to the goalkeeper zone outside the six-yard box. The ball eventually lands in the near post zone and it’s Youan who scores the goal with his in the near corner.

FC St. Gallen vs FC Zürich

In the video above we see St. Gallen in their game against FC Zürich. They have a corner from the left and it’s taken by a right-footed player, meaning the ball will swing in towards the goal, rather than swing out away from the goalkeeper. FC Zürich employs a two-player zonal structure combined with a single man-marker.

St. Gallen have one player in the six-yard box who is marked. There are two players outside the penalty area who are tasked with making something of the cleared balls, but are also tasked with forming the first line of rest-defence in the case of a counter-attack. On the penalty spot we have a unit of four players who will make runs into the six-yard box and behind them is another player who will make a deep, late run.

As soon as the ball is kicked we see movent in the penalty area. We see two players moving to the near post and one to the far post. This means three players are moving forward in the central areas. The ball is delivered exactly there and due to the runs of the other players, these three have space and time to convert the corner into a goal. In the end, it was Diakité scoring the goal.

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