Italy and Sweden played with four defenders in opponents’ attacks. They switched to three at the back on the ball. Left back moved to high positions. In attacks, Spinazzola and Augustinsson played along the entire sideline. Left center back filled the zone on the left flank, while the player from the right flank maintained deep position, joining two center backs in defense.
Center back performing in the holding area
Denmark often switched from three to two defenders in attack development as Christensen moved to the holding area. The team often used this option under pressure, outnumbering opponents in the center. Russia’s Barinov performed a similar function, moving up from the right center back position and maintaining possession across halfway line.