This session explores the reality that pressing is never only individual action. It also looks at the importance of the first sprint and quick reactions, and appraises the activity of all players in forcing an opponent into an error. MORE
Watch Belgium’s perfect counter attack
Belgium versus Japan in the World Cup was a classic – in the dramatic final seconds Belgium went from one end of the pitch to the other in the blink of an eye to score the goal that completed a remarkable comeback and broke Japan’s hearts. It was the perfect counter attack at the perfect time.
Chasing a winner at one end after being pegged back to 2-2, Japan left themselves exposed to a brilliant counter-attack that saw Kevin De Bruyne, released by Thibaut Courtois, carry the ball upfield for at least 60 yards. There were red shirts everywhere but De Bruyne chose just the right moment to feed Thomas Meunier on the right. Romelu Lukaku allowed Meunier’s low cross to run through to Nacer Chadli who let the ball run to his left foot and he hit the net in dramatic fashion.
What a moment. What a turnaround. The script had been written for another World Cup shock when Japan raced into a 2-0 goal lead early in the second half. But substitutes Chadli and Marouane Fellaini, who scored the equaliser after Jan Vertonghen’s header had reduced the deficit, shifted the momentum of the game in Belgium’s favour, just at a time when it looked as though Japan might go on to get a third.
Watch the perfect counter attack below and try the sessions to help your team score on the counter:
If you want your team to be as clinical at counter attacks a Belgium try these two sessions: