CM9798 World Cup – Day One: Holders Brazil get the tournament underway, Hosts France also in action

Explanation of the next month can be found here

Welcome to Paris! Squint a bit. Here’s Des to welcome you to the opening ceremony. Shouldn’t you be at work?

Des

Just about every day until June 14th we’ll have an update for you from the CM9798 World Cup. I expect I will be very tired. Naturally, we will start with Group A. It’s a tough group as not only are holders and favourites Brazil in it, it’s one of the two groups where we find three human controlled teams. Yes, one of these boys will be going home.

Group A Pic

Group A was of course previewed a few weeks ago, so now it is time for Brazil to get this party started. Mark’s Brazil goes up against Ross’ Denmark and…just look at this team.

Brazil vs Denmark

Adopting the formation we’ve all come to know and love, it would take a brave man to bet against Brazil.

Denmark, under the guidance of Ross (Parma save) have their own pedigree having won Euro 92. The Laudrup’s are a threat and Morten Bisgaard is a CM9798 legend.

Denmark vs Brazil

We’ll have at least one featured game a day which I will record, but I forgot to press record here. Hopefully not a sign of things to come.

With a feverish crowd demanding goals, captain Rai gave Brazil the perfect start with a 2nd minute goal, heading home a Juninho cross. Ronaldo and Anderson then combined for Brazil’s 2nd in the 21st minute, the Barcelona man chipping the onrushing Schmeichel. Anderson’s shot was then spilled by Schmeichel and Ronaldo made it 3-0 with just 37 minutes played.

brazil vs denmark half time ratings

Not a bad start to their campaign! Denmark were barely able to muster an attack.

Brazil Denmark HT stats

In the second half, Ross made some adjustments to try and keep the score down, knowing that goal difference may be key if Brazil carry this form into their other games. Anderson added a 4th with a long range effort before opting to rest star men Rivaldo and Ronaldo. An incredible start for the holders, a marker laid down.

Brazil Denmark FT ratings

Total domination, though Denmark did improve slightly after the break as Brazil eased their foot off the gas.

Brazil Denmark match stats

Confirmation then of the final score – the World Cup is underway in ernest!

Brazil Denmark FT score

The other game in Group A sees Norway tackle Saudi Arabia. Most people are predicting a 2nd place shoot out between Norway and Denmark in the final group game, but Saudi Arabia may have something to say about that.

The Norway squad is packed with talent. Manager KingoftheRooks was even able to leave Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at home.

norway vs saudis

Saudi Arabia have no actual players in this save, with so many playable nations a lot of the other nations have fake players all round. Yet they still pick a 5-3-2. Shitrit indeed.

Saudi Arabia vs Norway

This wasn’t easy. The two formations seemed to cancel each other out and Norway had to dig deep. They took an 11th minute lead when Dan Eggen knocked home after a scramble from a corner, but the floodgates didn’t open. Naturally, Tommy Svindal Larsen ran the game.

norway vs saudi arabia HT ratings

Saudi Arabia still carried a threat but were second best in a first half that really never caught alight.

norway vs saudis HT stats

Svindal Larsen effectively settled the game as a contest early in the second half. Saudi Arabia didn’t manage any further shots on target and Norway will be pleased with the win even if they struggled to create many clear chances.

Norway vs Saudi Arabia FT stats

Obviously Svindal Larsen took home man of the match. One to watch!

Norway vs Saudi Arabia FT ratings

Noway Saudis FT

That leaves Group A looking like this after the first game

Group A 1 game

All still to play for but Denmark could do with a big win against Saudi Arabia next time out.

In Group B, there’s only one human controlled team but it’s our friend @90sfootball and he’s the host nation, France.

Group B Pic

It’s a weak group and one you’d expect France to get through with little trouble. Their first game is arguably their toughest as they face the USA.

Paddy has opted to create his own formation, but with the players at his disposal he could pretty much play any formation he likes. Thankfully, he is true to his word and lives his life in the 90s. Here’s his team on paper.

France USA scribbles

Or…

France vs USA Tactics

The USA were loaded as a playable nation as one of my backup plans in case the European teams took each other in the playoffs. They didn’t, so USA missed the cut. Wynalda and Kirovski are a canny front two and everybody loves Alexi Lalas. Obviously Brad Friedel is pretty useful with the gloves too. How does Claudio Reyna not get in that midfield?

USA vs france tactics

The good news is, I remembered to record this one! You can watch it below, or if you’d rather read about it, that’s below too.

France absolutely dominated this in front of their home crowd, though why the game has this coming from “Stadium” I don’t really know. Zinedine Zidane beat Brad Friedel but otherwise found the Liverpool goalkeeper in great form.

france vs usa HT stats

The USA centre half pairing had stood up well to a barrage of attacks but very little joy for their forwards.

France vs USA HT ratings

The arrival of Jean-Pierre Papin from the bench seemed to spark France into a second wind and they plundered two goals in four minutes to make the points safe. The options available to France are mind blowing, I wouldn’t have bet against a rematch of the real life final however they are in the same side of the draw.

france vs USA scoreboard

It took Papin just four minutes to make his mark after coming on, whilst Zidane takes home man of the match for a goal and an assist. Solid from the hosts, who you can expect to see in the last 16.

France vs USA FT ratings

20 shots is impressive, whilst USA barely mustered an attack of note.

france vs usa FT stats

In the other game in Group B, China were surprise winners over Morocco. The African side lead at half time but China came back with the fictional Ming Cao scoring twice.

morocco 1 - 3 china

That leaves France top of group B, something I apparently didn’t deem worthy of screenshot.

We’ll be back tomorrow with Groups C and D. That means Holland, England, Argentina and Ireland. Not against each other I hasten to add. See you then!

 

 

 

 

 

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