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27671 punters turned up at Neos Kampos, and despite threatening clouds on the horizon, no rain came. Silviu Udricã was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Pedro Barros and Amrie bin Mohamed. Larisa started off with a 4-4-2 lineup. The following players took the field: Olenander - Unanue, Pirard, Antoriano, Torres - Ingemarsson, Matsson, Engér, Waldmeyer - Schindler, Karila.

Athletic tactics involved an interesting 3-5-2 combination. They fielded: Jové - Sotkajärvi, Kmieć, Pourlair - Calandra, Larsson, Lifquist, Kvarnén, Zaal - Yankov, Öhner.

A free kick aimed at the keeper's far post almost gave Athletic the lead 8 minutes in, but the ball just wasn't able to squirm its way through the defensive wall. After 16 minutes, the visitors nearly went up a goal, but J. Öhner's free kick hit the crossbar. M. Kvarnén was ever so close to scoring after an excellent corner was beautifully flicked on by E. Lifquist, but the ball bounced off the post to safety. G. Schindler gave Larisa the lead as he successfully challenged the guests' central defenders, then slotted the ball into the bottom corner, giving the keeper no chance. 1 - 0 31 minutes into the match, the speedy G. Schindler easily outpaced J. Kmieć, chipped the keeper and made the score 2 - 0. With 35 minutes showing on the scoreboard clock, Athletic showed some good skill and were able to reduce the score to 2 - 1 when T. Zaal got past the home side's central defenders right in front of the goal. V. Yankov tied the game at 2 - 2 after 38 minutes, when he converted an incredible pass from the right. 2 - 2 was the score after the first half. Athletic had most of the ball, with 52 percent of possession.

After several obvious shirt pulling incidents, R. Unanue got himself booked. The manager of Larisa was not happy. Larisa broke through on the left 62 minutes into the game, with T. Engér firing in from an acute angle to give the home side a 3 - 2 lead. Larisa's P. Ingemarsson increased the lead to 4 - 2, after he saw his shot go between the legs of the advancing goalkeeper following some good play down the right wing after 69 minutes. 75 minutes into the game, N. Olenander had to leave the pitch due to a knee injury. In came J. Renerberg. Larisa's E. Karila somehow missed a penalty 78 minutes into the match, much to the crowd's displeasure. Athletic breathed new life into the game with an attempt to reduce the lead after 84 minutes, but the home side's defenders cleared the ball off the line, after a long shot coming in from the left rebounded off the crossbar. In a rapid move 87 minutes into the match, D. Waldmeyer of Larisa lost his man and passed the ball to the unmarked E. Karila who easily hit it home to make it 5 - 2. Luckily the ref didn't see him taunting the opposing fans in celebration - naughty boy! The home side's F. Matsson came close to extending the lead 88 minutes into the game. His shot came in from the right hand side but F. Jové managed to save it with an unbelievable reaction stop. Possession in this half belonged to Larisa, who controlled the ball 51 percent of the time.

E. Karila performed admirably for Larisa. However, J. Renerberg made a disastrous appearance. Athletic's best player was V. Yankov. G. Calandra on the other hand, had a terrible day. The match ends 5 - 2.

Rating details

Midfield inadequate (very high) passable (low) 20 22 5/20 6/20
Right defence formidable (very low) excellent (low) 33 30 9/20 8/20
Central defence magnificent (very low) solid (low) 45 26 12/20 7/20
Left defence outstanding (very low) excellent (very low) 37 29 10/20 8/20
Right attack passable (low) weak (high) 22 15 6/20 4/20
Central attack solid (very low) excellent (very high) 25 32 7/20 8/20
Left attack excellent (very low) weak (high) 29 15 8/20 4/20
 
Indirect set pieces
Defence solid (very low) inadequate (high) 25 19 7/20 5/20
Attack passable (very low) weak (very high) 21 16 6/20 4/20
 
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Highlights

1 - 0  G. Schindler 28'
2 - 0  G. Schindler 31'
2 - 1  T. Zaal 35'
2 - 2  V. Yankov 38'
3 - 2  T. Engér 62'
4 - 2  P. Ingemarsson 69'
5 - 2  E. Karila 87'
1 booking accumulated R. Unanue 60'
Got injured N. Olenander 75'
Substitution Out N. Olenander
In J. Renerberg
75'

Possession

48%
52%
51%
49%
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Indirect set pieces

Defence solid (very low) inadequate (high) 25 19 7/20 5/20
Attack passable (very low) weak (very high) 21 16 6/20 4/20

Miscellaneous

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Average ratings

Total player experience inadequate (very high) formidable (very low) 20 33 5/20 9/20
Average midfield inadequate (very high) passable (low) 20 22 5/20 6/20
Average defence outstanding (low) solid (very high) 38 28 10/20 7/20
Average attack solid (very low) passable (very low) 25 21 7/20 6/20
Total average solid (very high) passable (very high) 28 24 7/20 6/20

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